Monday, October 18, 2010

Mason Jar Luminaries

Good morning and happy Monday friends!  We had a kick-butt weekend filled with fun, naps, and loads of productivity.  I hope your weekend was wonderful too!  So how about  a little Halloween crafting to kick off the week?  My friend Sarah originally found this project last Halloween.  The original craft project didn't use Mason Jars, but that's all we had on hand, so Mason Jars it was.  They turned out nicely though, with a fun rustic feel.  While the kiddos 5 and under can definitely help with this project, they tend to go a little crazy with the Mod Podge.  This will cause it to goop up and either tear the tissue paper or become so thick that the luminaries don't really glow.  So some gentle guidance and supervision is suggested.
Mason Jars (any size); Mod Podge; Paint Brushes; Tissue Paper; Tempera Paint; Black Cardstock
Our Sample piece
Start by brushing on some Mod Podge on the inside of your Mason Jar, one section at a time, 
and adding your strips of tissue paper
Some little boys like to put the strips on the outside, 
but that's okay (not really, but we can pretend it's okay right?)
 If you're having trouble getting the tissue down in the crevices, use the end of your paintbrush
 Also, if the tissue paper is not lying down and sticking completely, add a very thin coat of Mod Podge on top
Once the inside is complete, cut out your black card stock in your desired shapes and Mod Podge them on
Then paint the rim of the jar any color you wish, and let your little guy dry for a couple of hours.  That's it!
Line up your happy little jars on your windowsill and light a votive candle inside each one
Or, set them outside for a spooky, yet  friendly welcome.
Halloween is less than 2 weeks away.  Let the fun begin!
I'm linking up to Heather's Life Made Lovely Mondays


  1. They look great...and like alot of fun to make....super cute post!!

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  2. What a cute idea! I love the way these turned out!

  3. Our 8 year old doesn't want to carve pumpkins this year because "it is too messy and slimy". This would be a great alternative for him! Thanks for the idea- (:

  4. You had me at MASON JARS :) Especially since some jackass stole my decorated pumpkin the day after I put it outside. Seriously?!

  5. these are fantastic!! i need to make some of these. i love them!

  6. Love these! I need a craft project for the little ones and I happen to have mason jars just hanging around. Perfect!

  7. I am so making these this week :) Thanks for sharing !!

  8. If I didn't already have FAR too many Halloween decorations I would be all over this project! So cute!

  9. Those are so stinkin' cute!! LOVE them.

  10. these are really cute, my kids would love these! an di know i have a whole cabinet full of jars of all different sizes already...we might just make some of these this week!


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