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It's fall and the holiday season is in the air. I love Halloween! Making things to celebrate it, makes me happy. As a child, Halloween was a fantastic time in my family. I grew up in Arkansas City, Kansas where the last weekend of every October is set aside for a great festival. The theme is, of course, Halloween. Our celebration is called Arkalalah, and activities abound. As you can imagine this makes way for some fun decorations around town, including luminaries which you see often around town. Here is a great little twist on making them.



Kid Craft - How turn a mason jar into a Halloween luminary

By Stacey Pehosh

It's fall and the holiday season is in the air. I love Halloween! Making things to celebrate it, makes me happy. As a child, Halloween was a fantastic time in my family. I grew up in Arkansas City, Kansas where the last weekend of every October is set aside for a great festival. The theme is, of course, Halloween. Our celebration is called Arkalalah, and activities abound. As you can imagine this makes way for some fun decorations around town, including luminaries which you see often around town. Here is a great little twist on making them.

My Art Club with Mrs. Pehosh students had a fun time painting their luminaries. It's a great project that involves painting and stamping. The nice thing is you can use things you probably have hanging around the house so it is also very cost effective.

For this project, you will need:

  • A jar
  • White, orange and yellow acrylic paint
  • A paintbrush
  • A paper plate
  • A pencil with a new eraser or a small circular sponge dauber
  • Ribbon, jute or raffia for embellishing
  • A battery-operated votive candle.

First, make sure the outside of your jar is clean. Soap and water are sufficient for this step.

Second, put a small amount of each of the paint colors on the paper plate. Paint a white strip on the bottom of the jar, an orange strip in the middle, and paint the top of the jar yellow. Don't paint the base of the jar or it will stick when you set it down to dry. You can either add a second coat of paint or set your jar aside to dry.

Third, once your jar is dry, use your pencil eraser or sponge dauber to stamp polka dots on the different stripes. Make sure you plan it so that each stripe has a different color of polka dots. Set this aside to dry.

Finally, once your jar is dry, embellish by tying your ribbon, raffia, or jute around the jar. You can also glue a big button over the knot if you like. We even dipped the rim of our jars in craft glue and then glitter. Turn on your electric votive, drop it in and VOILA! You have your luminary.

Now, if you like you can make several more and put them in front of your house to light up the night. Another idea for these jars is to fill them with candy corn and peanuts, or KISSES, and give them as a gift.

I hope you have as much fun creating your luminaries as we did. Happy crafting and Happy Halloween!

Artists pictured in order of appearance are Claire Miner and Emily Roberts.

Stacey Pehosh teaches art lessons for kids 5 years-90 years at the Artist Retreat Center in Bella Vista, AR. Visit her Facebook page, Art Club with Mrs. Pehosh.