Art with Alyssa: Halloween Luminaries

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Supplies

  • 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 
  • Scissors
  • 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)

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Directions

  1. 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. 
  2. Allow paint to dry.
  3. 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.
  4. If using paper features, glue the shapes onto the jars with Mod Podge or white glue. 
  5. Optional: Coat the entire jar with one coat of Mod Podge; this will further adhere the paper and give the jar a nice coating. 
  6. Allow to dry thoroughly.
  7. Optional: Tie a piece of raffia, ribbon or twine around the top edge each jar.
  8. Place tea light or candle inside the jars. 

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Alyssa Navapanich is a nationally recognized art educator who teaches art to elementary school kids in East San Diego County.

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Find instructions on how to make festive Fall and Thanksgiving Jar Lanterns HERE

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