Jack-O-Lantern JarsOctober 22, 2013 8:00 am Crafts, Halloween, Home Decor, Kid's Crafts
By General Crafts Contributor Monica from the blog Mon Makes Things.
Halloween is my boyfriend’s favorite holiday, and if he had his way, our apartment would be decked out in gruesome ghouls and gory zombie paraphernalia… So, I have taken it upon myself to create some Halloween decor that I will enjoy (out of self-defense). I had the opportunity to try out the new line of Ball Transform Mason Paints and thought this was a great opportunity to transform some mason jars into cute candle holders for the holiday!
Start by washing and drying your jars so that the paint adheres well. Using your foam brush, apply a coat of the orange paint to your jar. I used three coats on these jars, as the paint was just a bit more translucent than I wanted, but do as many or as few as you like. Let the paint dry for several hours between coats; rushing it starts to peel the last layer. I speak from experience. I also painted the top part of the jars separately, after the bottom portions were done. Otherwise I’d have nothing to hold on to!
When your orange paint is dry, use your black paint marker to draw a jack-o-lantern face on the side of the jar! I drew mine on the side with measurements so I didn’t have to work over the type or intricate design.
I also tried out the Ball Transform Mason Paint in Translucent Dark Purple, but I wasn’t all that pleased with the color AND the bats I tried to draw turned out really ugly. I strategically turned the jar so that you could not see my pathetic bats. I slapped on some stripes in a last-ditch effort. If you are a better artist than me, which let’s face it, would not be surprising, give it a shot! But I recommend trying one of the different purple paints from the line… This one was a bit on the blue side of purple.
Drop some candles in those babies and you’ve got yourself a fun twist on the traditional jack-o-lantern! Of course they glow better at night, but nighttime makes for poor photos. Just trust me that they look cool… and make some of your own!