Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Pumpkin Jar Luminaries

Ever since I completed a Halloween craft a couple weeks ago, my 7-year-old has been begging to do more. She is my Halloween girl. Most kids live for Christmas Day, she lives for Halloween. She starts planning next year's costume on November 1 and begs me to get out the Halloween decorations as soon as school starts. 

This year, I wanted her to have an active part in the luminaries we make for our windows and so we came up these darling little pumpkins. They are easy to make, a perfect craft for a second grader and the best part is that they recycle old jars! 

You will need: 
  • an old jar (I used a pickle jar)
  • scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • a foam brush
  • orange and black tissue paper
  • Goo Gone
  • battery operated candles
  • green spray paint

The first thing you need to do is remove the label from your jar. I love to use Goo Gone to remove labels because it makes it so much faster and less frustrating!

At first I started to peel the label off without Goo Gone and it left a papery reside all over the jar.

I sprayed the jar with Goo Gone Spray Gel and was able to rub the label right off.

After the label was off the jar, I washed it with hot soapy water and the dried it really well.

Cut your orange and black tissue paper into squares. One you have a bunch of squares you can start applying them to the jar. Add a layer of Mod Podge and then smooth tissue paper onto the jar, layering the tissue on itself as you.

Allow the orange tissue paper to dry completely and then add the black squares for the face. Make sure you apply a layer of Mod Podge over top of the tissue as well.

Spray pain the lid to your jar green and allow to dry. Place a battery operated candle inside the jar and close the lid. I found flickering candles for these luminaries and it makes them look so fantastic!

Dim the lights and check out your handiwork! 

My daughter loved making these with me and we have plans for so many different types! I am glad that Goo Gone makes it easy to upcycle old jars into fun things! 

What do you make with old jars? 
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