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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CoCo - Our Humble ABoden said...

Such a fun craft idea to do with kids of all ages and great for decorating the house!

Mrs.AOK said...

This is such a fun and super cute craft! I'm thinking we need to try this over here.
My youngest daughter's birthday is near Halloween, and we keep begging her to have a Halloween themed party. She wants nothing to do with that and she's not big on Halloween. She's the Christmas kid, my oldest daughter is all about Halloween, and my boy is whatever candy, presents, SURE! :)

Tayler Morrell said...

This would be such a fun activity to do with little kids, maybe even at a kid Halloween party!

Terri Steffes said...

Such a fun and cute craft. Kids would love making these. I can just see a bunch on my front porch, all lit up!

OurFamilyWorld said...

This is so cute and easy to make. The twins will have so much fun doing this project.

Kimberly Stroh said...

I love recycling old jars! I use them for all kinds of crafts. My son would love this one.

Charlotte TheMummyToolbox said...

These are so sweet and a really cool craft idea to try out with our little chap! Can't wait for halloween!

Rebecca Bryant said...

what a fun DIY projects. My son would love this.

Jennifer Johnson said...

What a fun and easy craft!! My girls love to make projects like this, we may have to make this before Halloween!

Kori Tomelden said...

What a fun craft idea! I just bought some jelly jars to use this year instead of Mason jars.

Amanda Rosson said...

Oh what a fun and easy crafting activity for Halloween! Plus such a cute decoration! Love!

Carolyn @ Fennell Seeds said...

My daughter would love this because she is obsessed with candles and blowing them out. I would have to light and relight it over and over. :-)

Jesenia Montanez said...

I tend to use old jars to store things, but this is such a great idea. I never knew about this product, but I plan to pick up a bottle ASAP. I hate scraping the glue of jars, it takes forever to come off.

Tara Holland said...

I don't have any jars, but this looks like a great craft to do with the kids if we can get some!

CourtneyLynne said...

Omg how cute are these jars?!?! Halloween and fall crafting is the absolute best!!!!

Katriza @ Mommy Engineering said...

such a cute and easy halloween decor! my kids would love to make this

Nicole Escat said...

That pumpkin jar is so cute! I want to make one, my toddler will surely love to make his own.

Theresa Pickett said...

How adorable! I love Halloween crafts, and this one is super cool! My kids would love it.

Allison said...

These are so darn cute! I am so ready for fall and all of the fun call crafts!

Becca Wilson said...

My kids would love to make something like this. What an adorable craft! I definitely need to put this on our list of to-do for the season.

Amanda Steelman said...

I am always looking for new crafts to do with my youth group. These will be a perfect craft for Halloween!

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