Jack O'Lantern Votive DIY Craft

Want to light up your house with jack o'lanterns but don't want to carve a dozen pumpkins?

Try this cute idea - jam jar jack o'lantern luminaries! Easy enough to make with kids or grandkids!  These will add a nice touch to the house on Halloween night, or use a walkway luminaries or to set a buffet table at a party.  

 

BTW - if you've ever wondered about the origin of the jack o'lantern, look no further than the Celtic tale of Stingy Jack. The Scots and Irish used to hollow out turnips and drop lighted embers in them on All Hallow's Eve to ward off even spirits, especially one known as Stingy Jack, a a miserable drunk, who legend tells played a successful trick on the Devil. 

Once Jack died, he was too mean for heaven. But when he showed up in Hell, the Devil decided to get his revenge and forced Jack to wander the earth with an ember to light his way.  Oh and Jack just happened to have a turnip with him - it was his favorite food - so he placed ember in turnip and viola, the Jack O'Lantern was born.

When the Irish and Scots started to emigrate to America in the 19th century, they found pumpkins - native to North America, a much better vehicle for the lighted ember on All Hallow's Eve...History lesson over..onto the craft!

 

What You'll Need

  • a small wide-mouth jar - think a small jam jar or canning jar - just make sure the mouth is wide enough to drop a tealing in
  • orange or red and yellow acrylic paint
  • paint brush
  • kitchen gas lighter
  • tealight - candle or battery-operated
  • a black permanent marker

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 1: Mix the red and yellow paint to form an orange one. The ratio of the yellow to the red paint is 2:1. You can skip this process if you already have an orange paint.

 

 

Step 2: Paint the outer wall of the small wide-mouth jar. Follow one direction stroke for this for a better finish. Let it dry for an hour.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3: Make a second coating on the walls. Do the third coating, if necessary. Let it dry for an hour or two.

 

 

Step 4: Draw a pair of big eyes on the jar using a black permanent marker. Create a pupil in the middle and a nose just below the eyes. The shapes that will be used would be based on your liking.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5: Draw a mouth just below the nose of the jar pumpkin. Make room for the teeth while drawing the mouth for better detail. Let the permanent marker dry.

 

 

Step 6: Place the tealight inside the pumpkin glass luminary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 7: Light the pumpkin luminary using a kitchen gas lighter.

 

 

Step 8: Finally done! You can now display your modern pumpkin glass luminary this coming Halloween season!

 

 

The pumpkin glass luminary can be placed on top of your tables, in the porch or even in the garden as decors. 

 

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