Lanterns have been with us for over 200 years now. Now, we use them as a beautiful way to add ancient touches infused with a vintage feel to our homes, adding just the right amount of light. Though, in American cities over 200 years ago, lanterns were a way of life. They were used to light up the streets.
Tended by the night watchmen in those days, some towns even passed laws to make sure the right amount of light was met, so much so, that every sixth house had to have a lantern or a torch outside.
Naturally, back than, lanterns were primitive in design and were usually made from tinplate or sheet iron.
In the 1800's, the gas lighting era commenced, the westminster bridge being the first to be lit in 1807 and beautiful Paris in 1813.
Morocco has been influenced by many cultures throughout its' history. Through architecture and décor, the combination yields mystery combined with a cosmopolitan aura, all influenced by Islamic designs. For those who have been to Morocco, you may have noticed all the beautiful arches and domes in their immaculate designs. What they are known for today.
Moroccan lanterns have a history that goes back for centuries as well, and for more or less the same reasons, though with a more decorative touch. Many of the souks today still sell handmade items such as rugs, traditional Muslim attire, leather bags, and lanterns. Most of these crafted pieces are never made in bulk, or mass produced, they maintain their uniqueness being crafted with different materials and designs.
One of the most exotic Moroccan lanterns also known as the henna lamp, is made from stretched goat skin and decorated with exceptional craftsmanship. The designs are all based on traditional henna designs and hand painted.
Now that we know a bit of the history on our diy subject, let's learn how to make mason jar moroccan lanterns!
- old glass jars (spaghetti jars, jam jars or any plain glass jar will work)
- gold dimensional puff paint
- glass paint (Delta or Pebeo Vitrea glass paint are great options)
- wire (optional, for hanging lanterns)
1. Remove labels and any glue residue from the glass jars and allow them to dry completely.
2. Apply the gold dimensional paint in various patterns. You can use the applicator tip to create small stud-like dots, draw various decorative patterns or push around the paint to create solid areas of gold. Let dry.
3. Pour a small amount of glass paint inside the jar and use your paintbrush to drag the paint up the sides of the jar, coating all of the jar’s interior. Let dry.
4. Your lanterns are now ready to enjoy indoors or out! Simply fill them with candles or add loops of fine-gauge wire to the tops for easy hanging.
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