Tuesday, October 20, 2015

How to Make Recycled Jack O Lantern Luminaries

If you're looking for an easy Halloween craft to do with kids, look no further than your recycling bin! With a little help from Mod Podge and tissue paper (or napkins) you can transform empty glass jars to adorable pumpkins or jack-o-lanterns. These recycled glass jar luminaries are easy to make and a perfect first Mod Podge project. This project will be featured on Hands on Crafts for Kids start in December of 2015 but you can watch my segment below to learn how to make them.


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Watch the video directions:
Here is a preview of the segment featuring my craft on Hands on Crafts for Kids (airing starting December 4th, 2015). Be sure to pop over to the Hands on Crafts for Kids site to see lots more kid friendly craft ideas!

...Or read the directions!

Step 1: 
Tear off small pieces of the napkins and separate the plies from each other.

Step 2: 
Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge on the jar (in the video they use clear glue but I prefer Mod Podge). Place an orange napkin piece on the Mod Podge, pressing down into the Mod Podge. Dab more Mod Podge over the top with the foam brush. Continue in this manner around the jar until the entire jar is covered except for the collar. Set the jar aside to dry.

Use this same process to cover the lid with green tissue or napkin pieces. It's ok if you need multiple layers of tissue in order to cover any text on your jar lid.

Step 3: 
Once dry, use the black paint marker to draw a face on your jack o lantern.

Step 4: 
Make a stem by cutting a 2-3 inch piece of green chenille stem. Wrap the chenille stem around a pencil or paint brush to make a curly Q. Bend the bottom to create a flat area where you can attach it to the lid. Attach stem to lid with a glue dot.

Step 5: 
Add a battery powered  candle to the jar and reattach the lid

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