Tuesday, September 13, 2011

How to: Jack o'lantern Luminaries

I stumbled across this at Crafts by Amanda and I can't wait to try this out myself.  I love to carve pumpkins every year but they never last as long as you would like no matter how much you take care of them (for more information on this stay turned for an upcoming post!).  These luminaries can last years and add instant flair to a porch or doorway.  No carving or mess...just add candles!

This project is inexpensive or free depending on how many mason jars you already have hanging around the house (and lets me honest...most of us do!)  But don't limit yourself to just mason jars.  Do you already collect empty pickle or sauce jars to hold used cooking oil?  Random thought:  If you don't already do this, you should.  Collecting the oil in jars and later disposing of it is more environmentally friendly.  We have enough things falling down our sinks as it is.

So...what do you need?

Glass jars
acrylic paint (black and various colors)
permanent marker (sharpies are cheap and effective)
clear acrylic glaze

For a full tutorial check out Amanda's post here.

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