Hawaiian Beach Glass Party Lanterns

I grew up in Hawai’i. It’s home and it’s paradise.  Really.  My daughters have both danced hula and if you know anything about hula, the hula seestahs are a close-knit bunch.  Several months ago one of my daughter’s hula sisters had a sweet sixteen party (happy birthday, Kamalani!) and her mother asked if I could help with the center pieces.  Since it was a Hawaiian beach themed party and for our hula family I said, “Of course!”  I came up with these easy diy Hawaiian beach glass party lanterns using reycled glass jars.Hawaii Beach Glass Party Lanterns - Organized 31


It all starts with a hoard of recycled glass jars.  If you don’t have your own stash, just ask your hula family or friends to collect some for you and in a couple of weeks you’ll have plenty of jars.  Sort through and find the shapes and heights that you like.  Hawaii Beach Glass Party Lanterns - Organized 31

Remove the labels and wash well. I followed this tutorial at Mod Podge Rocks on making faux beach glass jars.  It’s easy to do. The hardest part is learning how to pounce the paint onto the jar.  I used a sponge brush and found it best to pounce (bounce the brush up and down) to add a liberal amount of paint.  Hawaii Beach Glass Party Lanterns - Organized 31

More is more in this case and produced a more beachy look.Hawaii Beach Glass Party Lanterns - Organized 31

 Be sure to read the directions for your glass paint because they can have cure times of several weeks. Once the jars had cured, I added raffia on all the jars and a sea shell medallion on one jar for the birthday girl’s table.

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We filled each jar with sand and added a battery operated votive candle.Hawaii Beach Glass Party Lanterns - Organized 31

For the party we added a raffia mat and more shells.Hawaii Beach Glass Party Lanterns - Organized 31

Here’s a party shot (thanks to Kamuela Photography!). The lanterns were a big hit with the birthday girl, her mama and the guests (several even asked if they could take a couple of jars home with them).Hawaii Beach Glass Party Lanterns - Organized 31

It cost less than $20 to make 30+ jars.  And with the additional decorations the total cost was about $45. 

Recycled jars – free

Paint – $7

Sponge brush – (I already had) free

Sand – free from Freecycle

Battery votive candles – $1 for 3 at the dollar store

Raffia – $3 (for a giant bag)

Shells – $10

Luau mats – $14 for 12

These Hawaiian beach glass party lanterns also make great home decor accents.Hawaii Beach Glass Party Lanterns - Organized 31


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  1. Barb @ A Life in Balance says

    I really need to dig into painting mason jars. I have a, ahem, small collection thanks to canning tons of stuff up until recently.

  2. says

    Omgosh this post came just in time. I’m doing some beachy stuff for the house and was about to mod podge tint some jars, but I like the look of this better. Pinned. I hope you can come and share this post on Merry Monday on Sunday at 6pm PST.

  3. says

    Love the way you colored the jars to look like sea grass. What a great idea. Hmmmmm
    Every year I look for sea glass on the beach in Virginia to no avail. Maybe its the wrong beach.
    Have a great weekend Susan!

    • susan says

      Thanks, Patti. I think it’s relaxing to look for sea glass on the beach, but your results are guaranteed if you make your own. :)


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