- Something to cover your workspace (opened large paper bag, placemat or plastic cloth)
- Glass jars such as jelly, pickle or small yogurt jars and/or mason jars; cleaned and dried.
- Sponge brush or paintbrush
- Acrylic paint: purple, green, white, orange, black
- Black construction paper, paint or paint pen (such as a Posca marker)
- Tissue paper strips for the mummy luminary
- Mod Podge or watered-down white glue (three-parts glue to one-part water)
- Optional: raffia, twine or ribbon in coordinating colors
- Tealights or candles that fit into the jars (battery-operated is safest)
- On your covered workspace, paint each jar in a thin coat of paint in your choice of colors. PRO TIP: adding one-part Mod Podge to three-parts paint makes the paint more transparent.
- Allow paint to dry.
- Cut shapes out of black paper for pumpkin, vampire, monster or mummy faces. NOTE: If preferred, you can paint faces and features with black paint or a paint pen.
- If using paper features, glue the shapes onto the jars with Mod Podge or white glue.
- Optional: Coat the entire jar with one coat of Mod Podge; this will further adhere the paper and give the jar a nice coating.
- Allow to dry thoroughly.
- Optional: Tie a piece of raffia, ribbon or twine around the top edge each jar.
- Place tea light or candle inside the jars.
Alyssa Navapanich is a nationally recognized art educator who teaches art to elementary school kids in East San Diego County.
Find instructions on how to make festive Fall and Thanksgiving Jar Lanterns HERE.