Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Recycled Craft-Halloween Votives

With his sister bringing home Halloween themed crafts by the backpack full, little J was starting to feel left out. While K was in school, I helped J make this simple (and sticky) craft I found over at Skip to my Lou. If you use what you've got, this cheap and easy craft can be an eco-friendly way to spook up your home this Halloween!

You will need:

-a mason or baby food jar (we used an old jam jar)

-Mod Podge (store bought or homemade)

-Tissue or crepe paper (white for ghosts, orange for pumpkins)

-Scrap paper

-A votive candle

Paint the surface of your jar with mod podge. Cover the entire thing with torn bits of tissue or crepe paper. It's a sticky job but most three year olds won't mind!

Cut a face for your pumpkin and/or ghost. We got out J's shape book and let him choose the shapes for his ghost's features. He wanted circle eyes and a semicircle mouth, upside down, so the ghost would look "madder than ever."

Cover the whole thing with another coat of mod podge. Dab it gently so you don't tear the paper. Painting your palms is optional.

Once it is thouroughly dry, place your candle inside, light it up, and watch your ghosts glow!

(This post is linked to the Green Resource. Visit every Thursday for great green ideas!)



  1. I love how he's being so careful putting the mod podge on the jar! Can't wait to see you!

  2. Love these! We are doing a pumpkin week and I think these would be super cute as pumpkins too. SO fun that you let the little guy get so involved.

  3. FUN! I'm going to do this with my kids tomorrow...maybe even a craft for my Kindergarten class!

  4. Madder than ever. HEE! Too cute. What a fun project!

  5. I'm going to skip the painting my hands part. :) Thanks for linking!