Saturday, September 19, 2009

Halloween Kid's Craft, anyone?

The other day I ran across THE cutest craft idea for kids here. Loved this fun idea for glowing jack-o-lanterns, simple enough for ALL my kids to do, and cheap enough for me to let them!!!

Here's what you'll need:

glass jars (I used canning jars)
orange tissue paper
black paper
Mod Podge (saw that one comin', didn't ya?)
green paint

Optional:
lids and rings
green tulle

While the kids were busy cutting the tissue paper into strips (about 1.5 - 2 inches wide, length measured to fit the height of their jars)....


I went outside and spray painted the lids and rings (glued together with a dab of hot glue) green. You can just paint the top, threaded part of the jar green with a brush...but you all know I'm a lazy crafter. So spray paint it is!!

Once all the strips were cut...
It was time to break out the Mod Podge. Working with a section at a time, apply a layer of MP to the jar, then smooth a strip of tissue paper over the top. Repeat all the way around, overlapping the strips to create the stripe effect.

Once you have your entire jar covered, apply another layer or 2 of Mod Podge over the top. Then let dry.

While jars are drying draw your jack-o-lantern face onto black paper and cut out. Adhere face to your jar with Mod Podge, and finish with one more layer over the top.
Once they had dried, we put the lids on, and decorated with some cute green tulle tied around the lid. Use whatever you want to make your jack-o-lanterns glow. I used the battery operated flickering tea lights.
If you want to use a real candle, you'll have to leave the lids off!!
I took a video instead of just a picture so you could get the "glowing" effect!

video

My kids had a great time making these. Even Bookworm who thinks crafting is "for girls" and thought it "sounded dumb". He actually said "I thought this would be dumb, but it was actually pretty cool!"

If you try this out with your kids...come back and tell me...I love to see how everyone puts their own little twist on craft ideas they try!

29 comments:

kimert said...

ok!! Seriously the CUTEST Jack-o-Lantern craft I have seen!!! Love it! Thank you! I think I might just do this with my crew. :) And yes, I think I will make hubby do it too. teehee

shortmama said...

I LOVE this idea!!! Im gonna have to get Rhiannon to work on this one!

MiMi said...

Oh the boys will LOVE this!! :)

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

Oh my goodness, that is adorable! My girls are definitely going to want to make these! :)

April said...

I love it, jack o lanterns that don't rot!

Tabitha@ichoosebliss.net said...

That's too awesome!

Emily said...

Aaawwww, Your turned out so cute! it looks like your kiddos had a great time too. Thanks for linking up!

The Booth Family said...

I saw this on a web site the other day and loved it! I am so doing this!

Mod Podge Amy said...

Very very cute :D

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Oh, X, they are so cute!!! But what was even sweeter to me was seeing all your kiddos doing an activity together. Adorable! I laughed about Bookworm's response. :) FUN craft!!!!

jacque4u2c said...

great idea!

Tiffany said...

Okay, so can I say seriously these are just way to cute, we are sooooo going to try them!!!

jenjen said...

That is really cute Xazmin! I am going to make those with my kids. I love it!

XOOX
Jen

Yaya said...

So...I always see these super cute super easy craft ideas, yet when I try them with the kids I nanny for it always turns into a disaster...sigh. I hope my real kids someday will actually be able to do a craft without eating the paper and putting the glue in their hair....

Wendy said...

Those are so cute! I think we're going to give them a try as well.

Me and My Family said...

wow That looks fun! I would love to give that one a try. I think my little ones are too young for it though. I might try it with just full on parental supervision/help. We'll see.
Thanks for sharing!

Cassie said...

Adorable! I might have to try that with my boys!

Becca @ The Texas Darlings said...

I love it!!! We are so gonna try it! Thanks for the idea!

~Becca

Jenny said...

Those are so cute!

Vivienne said...

Those are so cute!!!!! (The little jars, too.)

Heather @ Sugar N Spice Mostly Nice said...

A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E!!!!!!!!!!!

Sare said...

LOVE it! so when I do it for me...Can I come tell you then?

Kado! said...

Oh I ♥ this one!!! I think I even might be able to handle it!!!

...LOVE what your little man said...i can see the same responce coming from E!

...I will let you know it we do it!

jennykate77 said...

YOU are the craftiest, my dear!! These are sooo cute! I think I might make them with my kiddos at church. Fun!

Hope you're having a great Monday!! How was your weekend? E-mail me when you get a brake from making tutus. :)

jennykate77 said...

Oh, and I'm tagging you for an award on my blog! :)

Emily said...

Just wanted to let you know, I will be linking up on my post tonight and use one of your pics? Thanks, they turned out adorable!

Jen said...

OH MY GOODNESS I love them all! Makes me want to run out to the craft store right now but it's 9:00 at night!! LOVE THEM ALL!!

Joanne said...

I love your little MP pumpkins. I will try that for this year. I love that stuff.

Jamie said...

I love the pumpkin lanterns and it looks like everyone had lots of fun making them! I especially love how you painted the lids green. I hope it's okay, I just finished a Halloween crafts/decor round-up and just couldn't help but feature your cute pumpkin lanterns. You can see it here:

http://jamiebrock.hubpages.com/hub/Super-Cute-DIY-Project-Ideas-Decorating-for-Halloween

Thank you for the super cute Halloween craft idea!