Thursday, October 18, 2012

Arts & Crafts Thursday: Halloween Luminaries

I pinned this craft a year ago and after I did this last weekend it turns out there is another version of Halloween Luminaries on the "Pinternet" that instead uses painting and a Cricut.  Well, I personally like this decoupage version better - a little more accessible to kids plus we don't own a Cricut - even though I could certainly get some mileage out of one (did you hear that, Santa?!).

FYI, these are NOT the crafts to do with wee ones.  This is involves hot glue, scissors, detailed cutting, and, ultimately, candles.  However, if you are looking for a seasonal parent-time craft or something for older children (still don't let them use that hot glue, though) these are fun.  Also, I did find ways to get my toddler involved  in the process (like helping picking faces, colors, design and painting on the Mod Podge) while keeping him away from the Danger.  C loves them.

  • tissue paper
  • Mod Podge & paintbrush
  • glass jars (NOTE: I used baby food jars since I have a ton of those right now, but using those required shrinking the template below by about 50%.  You can also use pickle jars or other condiment glass jars.)
  • template here for jack o'lantern faces or you can make your own faces and Halloween landscapes
  • scissors
  • ribbon
  • hot glue
  • tea light candles

Spread Mod Podge all over the glass jar and cover it in tissue paper, wrapping all the way up to the very top , covering the lip.  You can wrinkle and crumple this as much as you want to fit the shape.  Perfection is not required!  Use whatever colors you want.  C was a bit obsessed with the white, but you can use oranges, blacks, sparkles, pinks ... whatever color ghosts and ghoulish faces you want.

Spread a layer of Mod Podge over the tissue paper once finished to seal it.  Allow it to dry.
 While the jars are drying get the faces ready.  Cut out the eyes, noses, and mouths you want to use.

Mod Podge the faces on to the jars where you want them.  (Mod Podge is a simultaneous glue and sealant and it will dry clear so be liberal.)  Spread a lot of Mod Podge on the top of these then allow to dry.
The top will look rough at this point.  Cut the tissue paper off as close to the edge as you can.  Then cut ribbon to wrap around the very top.  Put hot glue on he top edge of the jar, carefully place the ribbon overtop, and hot glue the ends down.  This will give the jars a nice, finished look.  C and I decided to add a little orange ribbon (just tied on, no glue there) on to some of the tops just for some pop.
Once these are completely dry, the edges are chopped down and finished off, place a tea light candle in the bottom.  Light your tea candle and enjoy the ghoulish faces.


At October 18, 2012 at 11:59 PM , Blogger Julia R said...

Those are so cute!!

At October 19, 2012 at 6:51 AM , Blogger Leigh Powell Hines said...

Those are cute.


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