Shining a light on Christmas... Festive lanterns to get you crafting with the kids

Nicole Brown makes Christmas lanterns our of old glass jars at her home in Nether Edge. Four year-old daughter, Roma, helps her mum
Nicole Brown makes Christmas lanterns our of old glass jars at her home in Nether Edge. Four year-old daughter, Roma, helps her mum
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Nicole Brown will never be the ‘Bah, humbug’ type. She adores Christmas - a homespun one especially.

“As a family we always love doing all the Christmas baking and making,” says Nicole, who works for Network Church Sheffield at The Kings Centre in Nether Edge.

She and husband Steve also sit down with their kids Clara (12), Paddy (10) and Rosa (4) every year to make Christmas and Advent lanterns.

“The lanterns are meant to remind us that Jesus is the Light of the World. I am really passionate about my kids knowing and understanding the true meaning of Christmas,” she says. “They also look really pretty. Making them is great fun and they are so easy to do, children of all ages can join in.”

Christmas Lanterns:

Makes: 25 lanterns Cost: £4.70

You will need:

Glass jars, washed, without labels – a variety is great (jam, coffee, pasta sauce etc – no lids needed)

Scraps of tissue paper

PVA glue

Glue pot

Paintbrush or glue spreader

Tea lights

Thin wire (optional)

Method:

Cover your glass jar with PVA glue. Arrange your tissue paper in a thin layer over it. Small bits in a pattern work best, as when they are finished and lit up they look like stained glass. Honest.

If you fancy, you can attach wire tightly around the top of the jar and add a loop of wire to it so your lantern can be carried or hung up. Stick a tea light in and light it!

These make lovely table centre pieces, or stand a few in a row on a mantel piece. If you’re going carol singing you can carry them with you, or stand a cluster outside your door or on the gate.

For more Christmas crafts and ideas to bring the real meaning of Christmas in your celebrations this year, you’re welcome join us at our church craft and cooking events on December 18. There’s a family one in the morning, then an evening session for adults. Call 2507277 or email office@kingscentreonline.com