Easy Pumpkin Luminaries

As you {hopefully} already know, this week’s Falling for Crafts challenge here at One Artsy Mama is all about pumpkins! 
Already, there are close to 60 fun projects linked up; ways to paint, decorate, bake, sew, and do all kinds of other things with pumpkins…be sure to check them out!  In the meantime, I thought I’d share our latest pumpkin project with you.
My mom subscribes to Good Housekeeping magazine, and she showed me a project in the last issue that I knew we just had to make:
They’re really simple and pretty cheap too; here’s how you can make your own.
- glass jar: it can be any size/shape you like.  GH used a mason jar; we got this one for $1 at Michaels.
- orange tissue paper cut into strips slightly longer than your jar is tall
- Mod Podge and paint brush
- black construction paper cut into shapes to make a face or other decorations
- battery operated tealight
STEP 1: Apply Mod Podge to glass and place tissue paper on top.  We wanted to cover the bottom too, so we just let our strips overlap underneath.

STEP 2: Use Mod Podge to adhere face shapes.
STEP 3: Let dry. {We turned ours upside down}.  Then, insert tealight and enjoy!
But, we didn’t stop there!  You see, Kim, over at Maiden d’Shade gave me an idea for another variation on the same project…instead of a mason jar or hurricane vase, she used votive holders! 
When hubby and I got married {almost 10 years ago!} we used votive holders as part of the table decorations, which means there are boxes of them just sitting in my storage room collecting dust.  We pulled them out and Little Crafter and I made a few little guys…
They’re just too cute!  He wanted to make one for Ms. June and one for Ms. Beth, his special friends at the library who do storytime for toddlers.  And of course, he needed one for himself.  He had a list about a mile long of everyone who “needed” one of them, but by the time we’d made 5, the Mod Podge fumes were getting pretty heavy and I told him we needed to take a break.  I’m sure we’ll make some more another day so he can give them to all his friends. :)
What about you?  What’s your latest fall creation?
And I also have an announcement to make: The winner of the Tommee Tippee Newborn Starter Set is…
Colleen Maurina.
Congratulations, Colleen!  I’ll be in touch.
Happy Crafting,

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33 comments on Easy Pumpkin Luminaries

  1. Kim from Maiden D'Shade
    October 2, 2011 at 6:44 PM (4 years ago)

    Oh cute!!! Love it with the ivy bowl, too! Thanks for featuring mine and I’m so happy you had fun making your own!

  2. MiMi
    October 2, 2011 at 7:17 PM (4 years ago)

    I’ve got all the materials and have been meaning to make one of these for a couple years now. :)

  3. Terry
    October 2, 2011 at 7:23 PM (4 years ago)

    I really like how these look and twice as awesome that little hands can make them too. Very nice.

  4. Jamie
    October 3, 2011 at 12:49 AM (4 years ago)

    CUTE idea.. I love crafts that are easy and inexpensive!

  5. Jamie
    October 3, 2011 at 3:36 AM (4 years ago)

    Hi! Your Fabric Flower Wreath is going to be Featured tomorrow on the Make Yourself Monday blog hop from last week! Please grab a button on my left sidebar.

    OOO OOO OOO and PLEASE add this adorable Pumpkin Luminary to tomorrow’s Make Yourself Monday! I LOVE it!

    For Love of Cupcakes

  6. Recovering Church Lady
    October 3, 2011 at 5:42 PM (4 years ago)

    So cute and very do-able, I like that! Hey thnx for the great comments and the follow from Lady Blogger Society! I am following you back!

  7. Kelly
    October 3, 2011 at 5:52 PM (4 years ago)

    when i taught preschool we would make luminaries like this for every holiday. they are so fun!

  8. Jenna @ Newlyweds
    October 3, 2011 at 6:56 PM (4 years ago)

    Super cute, I know my boys would love these!

  9. Quilted Cupcake
    October 3, 2011 at 7:50 PM (4 years ago)

    This is a great tute! I saw a vase like the one you used the other day, and wondered what I could do with it. Now I know! TFS

  10. Kirsten
    October 4, 2011 at 12:10 AM (4 years ago)

    This is a great idea! Really cute :) I’m hosting my FIRST EVER LINKY PARTY beginning at 12:01AM Tuesday and I’m looking for all things Halloween. I would love it if you’d link this up!

    {Not So} Tough Tuesdays on http://www.onetoughmom.blogspot.com

  11. Joe Cheray
    October 4, 2011 at 12:22 AM (4 years ago)

    I am going to try this. I shop at Michaels cause they are better than Hobby Lobby on prices on some things. Will show you how I make out when I am done. Oh found you by way of The Lady Bloggers Tea Party.

  12. Kaysi
    October 4, 2011 at 2:49 AM (4 years ago)

    Those are adorable!!

  13. Crafty Mischief
    October 4, 2011 at 4:52 PM (4 years ago)

    What a great idea! And, I love that you let your kids help! I found you through The Funky Polka Dot Giraffe Party. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Jennifer
    October 5, 2011 at 4:14 AM (4 years ago)

    Love this idea, we will be crafting it soon!

  15. Rachel@I Heart Crafty Things
    October 5, 2011 at 7:15 PM (4 years ago)

    Such a fun craft! That is so sweet how Little Crafter made them for the Librarians. I bet it made their day!

  16. Handy Man, Crafty Woman
    October 6, 2011 at 2:15 PM (4 years ago)

    What a cute pumpkin! Thanks for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday.

  17. Melanie @ bear rabbit bear
    October 7, 2011 at 12:46 PM (4 years ago)

    Cute and easy! Thanks for linking to Things I’ve Done Thursday.


  18. Brooke @ Let Kids Create
    October 8, 2011 at 3:57 AM (4 years ago)

    What a great way to make a luminary. They turned out great! Thanks for linking up again to Monday Madness!

  19. virginia
    October 8, 2011 at 7:39 AM (4 years ago)

    Genial!!!! una idea con luz jajaj!!! besitos virgi

  20. Lori @ La-La's Home Daycare
    October 9, 2011 at 1:18 AM (4 years ago)

    I LOVE THESE! You give such great easy instructions. I really think the kids would love these too.

    Thanks for sharing on the Holiday Kid Craft Link Up!


  21. andie jaye
    October 9, 2011 at 4:21 AM (4 years ago)

    these are so cute! they just make me smile… thanks so much for linking this up to my tip-toe thru tuesday party! hope to see you again this week!

  22. Laura @Art For Little Hands
    October 11, 2011 at 4:39 PM (4 years ago)

    I love these! Very easy and I love anything you can make from the dollar store. I will be featuring them today on art4littlehands a day late from the Monday Madness party.

  23. Lauren
    October 14, 2011 at 12:40 AM (4 years ago)

    You are full of fun pumpkin ideas! These are adorable.

  24. Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos
    October 15, 2011 at 12:32 AM (4 years ago)

    Love these, Amy! Thank you for sharing them at our Seasonal Inspiration party!

  25. April's Homemaking
    October 17, 2011 at 2:43 PM (4 years ago)

    What a fun craft! This is one I really want to try with my Sunday School craft, I bet the kids would love it, and the result is so nice! Thanks for sharing! ~April

  26. Chris
    October 31, 2011 at 4:25 PM (4 years ago)

    Hi Amy, what a delightful craft idea and one which can be used for any occasion. Thanks for sharing. I recently found your blog and am now following. I would love it if you visited my blog also and perhaps you would like to follow me. Hugs, Chris


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