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Preserving Jar, Recycled Jar
Orange & Black Paint (acrylic enamel or glass paint)
Set of 20 Mini Lights
Snips to cut jar lid, drill if using 1 part lid
Green acrylic paint for metal
leaves (faux or natural) or other ornamental embellishments of choice
Wood Piece for Lid Handle ( I used medium size wood candle cup)
A regular jar can be used for this project. Begin by painting your jar
with a sea sponge by gently patting on orange paint over the entire
outside surface of the jar. A regular sponge will work, but the effect
will not be as nice, when the jar is illuminated. Allow the paint to dry
and follow paint manufacturer instructions, if heat setting the paint is
While the paint on your jar is drying, clip a small section of the lid circle (drill
a hole if using regular jar) large enough to accomodate the light cord (see
diagram at right). Once you have your opening cut, either file the cut edges
or coat with a silcone or glue to clean the sharp edges of metal. Paint your
lid and wooden handle with green paint and set aside to dry.
Now go back to your painted jar and paint a face with black paint, see samples
at the left for ideas on painting faces. Be creative with the faces you paint. To
add a little extra to your design, paint fine lines with black paint around the jar
(see photos for detail). Tacky glue your candle cup (handle) to the lid as shown
in diagram. Allow the glue to dry. Add a few leaves or other embellishments to
the lid seal, making sure your embellishments do not interfere with the lid ring.
Insert your mini lights and light up. They really are pretty!
It's a good idea to insert your lights with the cording in the centre of your jar and
the lights themselves, resting against the glass. This will add much more sparkle
to your lanterns when illuminated.
|Nothing says Halloween and Thanksgiving like pumpkin Jack-O-Lanterns! These fun and easy to make
pumpkins are made using an old canning or Mason jar and a little paint... tuck in a few mini lights and
they will light up any pathway
|Canning Jar Pumpkin Lights
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