This is an idea we used at girls camp this past year. Our girls loved them. I can't tell you enough how much I love lanterns and even better they were practically free to make. We used battery powered tealights from the dollar store (they come two in a pack). That was for those who are worried about a bunch of YW carrying around fire at camp! Ahhh! Scary!
Do you know how hard it is to take a picture of something in the dark?! Crazy! The process of making this lantern was simple. I had a ton of canning jars sitting in my pantry. I pulled them out and cleaned them. I then cut out different shapes on my Cricut (I used contact paper). We are doing a flower theme in our cabin but I couldn't resist some polka dots! Oh I should mention you totally don't have to have a Cricut for these projects. It just makes life a whole lot easier (If you live by me you can come over and use mine). You can cut the shapes out by hand. Stick whatever shapes you choose on your jar and spray a glass frosting all over your jar. Here is a picture of the kind I used...
I purchased mine from Michaels. Bring your 50% of coupon (With the coupon I believe it's about $4.00) and it does about 25 jars. Not bad! I love this stuff. It dries within minutes and I could handle the jars. I tried another brand that was more expensive and came in a small spray can. It took FOREVER to dry (I'm not a patient person when it comes to crafts) and it also had a slight yellow tint to it. Go for the Valspar!
I do recommend you give it time to dry (do as I say not as I do!). After they are dry peel off the contact paper shapes and you are almost done. Last I added the wire as a handle. I think they ended up pretty cute. Can't you see a bunch of YW carrying these around? These lanterns would be fun as centerpieces for YWIE also!
Go HERE for a wire handle tutorial :)