Easy DIY Christmas clay lanterns

Illuminated lanterns on a shelf | Christmas tree cone lanterns | Tesco Living

These handmade tea light holders would make a chic addition to your Christmas decorations.

You will need:

  • Air-dry clay (or salt dough)
  • Template – download here
  • Chopping board or kitchen work surface
  • Rolling pin
  • Sharp knife
  • Piping nozzles
  • Cookie cutters (for additional decorations)
  • Battery-operated tea lights
Craft supplies on a chopping board | Christmas tree cone lanterns | Tesco Living

Step 1

Roll out the air-dry clay to about a 5 mm thickness. Place the template on top and carefully cut around it with a knife.

Clay being cut with a knife | Christmas tree cone lanterns | Tesco Living

Step 2

Using different piping nozzles, make a festive design, removing any excess clay. Be sure to make enough holes to allow the tea light candle to shine through. Then, create a crimped edge on one side using a piping nozzle.

Holes pierced into clay on a board | Christmas tree cone lanterns | Tesco Living

Step 3

Carefully curl one edge around and push at the seam to create a cone.

Clay cone on its side | Christmas tree cone lanterns | Tesco Living

Step 4

Stand upright and leave to dry in a warm place overnight. If you have any leftover clay, use it to create a star to top the cone tree.

Clay cone on a board | Christmas tree cone lanterns | Tesco Living

Step 5

Once dry, paint and decorate the cone as you wish. We chose a white base and added a line of glitter at the base for a little sparkle. Glue any additional decorations to your tree cone and leave to dry.

Clay cone being painted white | Christmas tree cone lanterns | Tesco Living

Step 6

Place the cone over a candle (we recommend using battery-operated tea lights) and admire the warm glow.

Illuminated lanterns on a shelf | Christmas tree cone lanterns | Tesco Living

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