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Crafting Magic: DIY Storybook Lanterns for Enchanting Bedtimes

Article by A.J. Solano

As the nights grow longer and the air gets chillier, there’s nothing quite like snuggling up for a cozy bedtime story. Today, I’m excited to share a magical DIY project that will light up your little ones’ imagination as brightly as their smiles: DIY Storybook Lanterns. This craft not only adds a touch of whimsy to bedtime routines but also brings our favorite tales from "Patchwork Tales: Animals and the ABC's" into a delightful, new dimension.

Materials Needed:

  • Clear glass jars (any size will do!)

  • Transparent paper or vellum

  • Copies of illustrations or favorite scenes from children’s books (preferably paper copies)

  • Mod Podge or any other glue that dries clear

  • Paintbrush

  • LED tea lights


  1. Prepare Your Jar: Make sure your glass jars are clean and free of any labels or residues. Any size jar will work, depending on where you’d like to place your lanterns.

  2. Select Your Images: Choose some vibrant illustrations from your kids’ favorite storybooks. For fans of our "Patchwork Tales," why not pick images of the marvelous animals we meet through the ABC's?

  3. Attach the Images: Cut your transparent paper to the size of the jar’s sides. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge on the outside of the jar, place your images on the transparent paper, and then apply another layer of Mod Podge over the top to seal it.

  4. Dry and Display: Allow your jar to dry completely. Once dry, place an LED tea light inside the jar to illuminate the artwork without any risk of fire.

  5. Enjoy the Magic: Turn off the lights and watch as the storybook scenes come to life, casting beautiful, story-filled light around the room.

This DIY project is perfect for bringing a magical atmosphere to any room and is especially wonderful as a nightlight for your child’s bedroom. As you craft these storybook lanterns, it’s a beautiful opportunity to engage with your child about the stories and characters they love, fostering a deeper connection to reading.

Why Storybook Lanterns?

Creating these lanterns not only makes for a fun evening craft but also helps in extending the magic of storytime into the realm of the visual and tangible. It’s a perfect way to animate the imaginative landscapes we explore in "Patchwork Tales: Animals and the ABC's." Remember, each page of our book is designed to spark curiosity and adventure, and these lanterns are just another way to keep the story going even after the book is closed.

I hope you enjoy making these storybook lanterns as much as your children will enjoy their enchanting new glow. Happy crafting!


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