Saturday, October 29, 2011

Last Minute Jack O'Lantern!

This was a quick and easy little project I did with my 3 year old the other day.

What you'll need:

A glass jar, some orange tissue paper, black card-stock or construction paper, a green or brown ribbon, a small piece of double sided tape, mod podge (I had Elmer's glue on hand, but didn't try it because I borrowed some mod podge), a tea light and a foam brush. Oh, and scissors!

Cut the Orange Tissue paper into strips about an inch or so wide and the length of the jar from the bottom lip of the threading down across the bottom of the jar. The ribbon will go over the threading, so it should go around and overlap the ends about an inch.

Take your Foam Brush and put on a nice coat of mod podge, only do enough for a couple strips at a time. You want it to be thick enough to just barely be able to see through the glass.

Don't glue the bottom yet, it's easiest to do that part last.

After you have all the strips on the sides of the jar, put a layer of mod podge on the bottom of the jar. Then fold the ends over, placing a bit of mod podge under each strip.

Cut out your Jack-O-Lantern face pieces and attach them to the jar with the mod podge. Then put a layer of mod podge over the tissue papered portions of the jar. Be very careful when doing this so that you don't tear the paper or move your face pieces. The thicker the layer, the longer it will take to dry. SET IT UP-SIDE-DOWN TO DRY! (A group of my friends did this project and 3 ended up glued to a church table.)

When it is dry, place a small piece of double sided tape on one end of the ribbon, attach it to the jar, wrap around and use another piece of the double sided tape to attach the other end.

Drop in your tea light and PRESTO! Super cute Jack-O-Lantern without messing with the pumpkin seeds!

Happy Halloween!!!! From Erica at ShopJustForYou

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