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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
You may be interested in these recycled jar projects.