Ever wish your pretty little pumpkin wouldn’t end up as squirrel food?  Crafts by Amanda has shown us a fun new way to create a Halloween masterpiece with her Halloween Painted Jar Luminaries!

A cute project that is said to be a hit with the kiddos?  We’re in!

 

Please click here to visit Crafts by Amanda and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Maren

Mission: Okay, let’s just get it all out on the table.  I have a major love/hate relationship with Holidays.  The love part… decorating!  I get so excited about making my home feel festive and cute!  I also love the warm glow of a glass votive or luminaire, so I was really excited to try these little lanterns out.

Details:

After my first attempt at this project, I had to start over.  I then used the following products:

To finish my festive little darlings, I dropped in a few LED Flameless Tea Light Candles and screwed the lids back on!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

If you are anal retentive, just admit it (I hear that’s the first step) and use spray paint.  I did really love this look in the end, but if you are doing this project with kids, that would sort of take the fun out of it for them.

Be careful with your jar before spraying with the clear gloss, as the paint can easily scratch off.

Pros:

Fricking love these things.  They are so cute!

A super plus – acrylic paint washes easily off of glass, so if you screw up you can just wash it off and start over.

Cons:

None, unless you think you have the ability to paint without brushstrokes.

Conclusion:

Despite my initial frustration with the brush stroke situation, I really liked this project!  I am already excited to put these out next Fall at our new house.  I also really like that you can put an LED Tea Light inside and forget about them!

My mind is already thinking of other cute jars to paint such as snowmen for Winter (would be super fun for kids on a too-cold day) or even American Flags for the 4th!

 

Reviewer #2 – Amanda

Mission: Make a great Halloween craft with my kiddos.

 

 

Details:

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Don’t fret! The paint really does look best when it is sort of rugged and imperfect. My kids did a great job at achieving this. Only one coat was needed.

Also, I didn’t have them do the faces (the Type-A in me couldn’t let the entire project go) so I waited a solid day before painting on the faces. I didn’t draw the outline first though. Just threw caution to the wind and freehanded it.

Pros:

Simple. Truly easy to create and a really fun project to do with kids.

Cons:

Don’t expect perfection when working with kids and remember these are glass. VERY breakable.

Conclusion:

I plan to make some myself that are a little more detailed! This could be a great project for every season and with a flameless candle in them they are ideal for use around kids or pets.

 

Reviewer #3 – Sheri

Mission: A fun Halloween project to enjoy with the kids. Enjoy being the key word. Some are just easier to do together than others. It is also a great opportunity to use up some of the mason jars that we discovered in our basement when we moved in.

 

Details:

  • A simple project really. We painted the exterior of the jars with acrylic paint, and they dried surprisingly quickly. Maybe not quick enough for a five year old, but not to the point where I was completely annoyed.
  • We then drew faces on the luminaries with a Sharpie.
  • A quick spray of Krylon Clear Spray and they were done. Time to wait till dark to light them!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

A little tip…use a sponge brush. Works so much better than a regular paint brush. I got a bag full of them for only $1.50. I just tossed them after the project.

Pros:

Super easy and the kids can each do their own. No arguing!

Cons:

None!

Conclusion:

The whole family enjoyed doing this project together. We planned it all out together. We wanted a pumpkin, a ghost, a witch, and a bat. We truly had a ton of fun.  There was no arguing about who’s cracking the eggs, or who gets to lick the last bit of batter. We each had our own jar and did our own thing. It was super easy and our neighbors love them! The kids were thrilled! Another great thing, we can pack them away and use them again next year. We also talked about making reindeer and snowmen in winter.

 

Reviewer #4 – Sarah

Mission:  To deface my beloved Mason jars…in a fun way of course!

 

Details:

  • A few of us Crafty Collaborative ladies did this craft together as well – it’s always more fun in groups!
  • I have a TON of Mason jars in my house – I always keep them around, they are great drinking glasses. Did I mention that I love whiskey and it goes great in Mason jars?!?!?Anyway, the jars I have on hand are pretty standard Mason jars with lots of ornate design on them. Since we were to be painting these, mine weren’t really of use as there was not a flat surface on any of them. All we needed were some “clean” Mason jars, and luckily Kristy was on her way over so she quick grabbed those up for us!
  • I used the Martha Stewart Satin Acrylic All-In-One Paint for this project, as well as my handy dandy Martha Stewart Paint Brushes. I am a sucker for great packaging…it will get me to buy a product over another any day.
  • Because I always like to put a spin on things, I opted to do my jars as more of a fall feel vs. the jack-o-lanterns. I painted my jars in a reddish-orange tone and a yellow and then painted them with freehand leaf patterns. This is NOT my best quality…freehand painting that is. My leaves look like crap, but it was all in good fun.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

If you desire a very clean paint job, you may want to try cleaning the Mason jars before you start painting them. I opted for the more “rustic” look so did one coat of paint on each of my jars and honestly didn’t even think about cleaning them prior.

Have long matches (the kind you use to light fires in your fireplace) on hand to light your tea light candles once your jars are dried and ready to adorn your home. I tried using regular matches first and almost burnt my hand!

Pros:

Cheap, easy and could be a great kid project – though I opted to do these on my own.

Cons:

If you like perfection in your projects, this project just might drive you crazy!!

Conclusion:

Cute way to add some décor – but I don’t foresee myself doing this one again. It was easy and fun, but not my favorite end result.

 

Reviewer #5 – Kristy

Mission: I couldn’t pass up more décor for Halloween! Loved the ghost and pumpkin ones!

 

Details:

Fun group project!  I love it that I live close to a couple of the Crafty gals so we can have a girl’s night with booze and crafts…perfect combo!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I recommend only one coat of paint to have a more translucent jar for the light to shine.  If you decide to do two coats…let dry overnight before adding the second coat of paint.

I used a sponge brush for one jar and then I used Maren’s awesome paint brushes which I think turned out the best!  The brush gave the jar a more even application of paint! Loved those brushes!!

Don’t travel with them before spraying with gloss or glaze as these scratch too easy. They need that protective coat!

Pros:

Easy and there so many ways to change up this project with various pumpkin or ghost expressions! Just be creative!

Cons:

Scratch easily before the clear coating so be careful!  Also very streaky and I want it to look perfect!

Conclusion:

Perfect way to dress up your house for the holiday!  Line the pathway to your front door to light the way for your little trick-or-treaters!

Happy Halloween!

 

The darling Halloween Painted Jar Luminaries and their photo by Crafts by Amanda


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Striped Vases

52 Projects has shown us the magic of spray paint!

Simple glass vases are easily transformed into lovely Striped Vases, perfect for a glowing tea light candle.

Rachel, of 52 Projects, was inspired to create these beauties after seeing a charming upcycled centerpiece created by Mark Montano.

 

Please click here to visit 52 Projects and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Sheri

Mission: When I first saw this project I thought it was a cute way to vamp up your décor. It would also make a great centerpiece of a bridal shower or something similar. An easy way to incorporate your wedding colors.

Our pin brought me to 52 Projects, which then led me to Mike Montano’s Big-Ass Blog. Mike used yarn and Rachel of 52 Projects used twine. Either way, I think this one will be easy enough to pull off.

Details:

  • I used twine like Rachel did because that was what I had on hand. I taped one end of the twine to the inside of the vase and then wrapped it all the way down the vase and taped the end to the bottom.
  • Then I brought it outside (we finally had a night without crazy winds) and used Krylon spray-paint. I picked a metallic caramel color. Loved it! A great thing about the Krylon paint is that it only takes 10 minutes to dry.
  • After the paint dried I removed the twine (see tips).
  • A little tea light and voila!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

A little tip – DON’T use twine. The twine completely ruined the project. Little pieces are stuck in the paint. I have a feeling that yarn would do something similar. Try cooking string.

Pros:

It is really an easy and quick project to do.

Cons:

The smell of the Krylon paint. Definitely make sure you do it outdoors.

Conclusion:

I’m really disappointed that this didn’t come out how I envisioned it. That damn twine! It would have come out beautiful if I had used something else.

I loved the Krylon paint. It was super easy to use and comes in a great variety of colors which would be great for this project. Get some orange paint and really brighten up a room with some new/recycled décor.

This project seriously took me 15 minutes to do. You could definitely bang a bunch of them out for a party very quickly.

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Mandy

Mission: Make some cute new vases or “junk holders” without spending a ton of money.

 

 

Details:

  • I found a cute shaped vase for $3 at the grocery store and took a cheap champagne glass I had in my cupboard.
  • I used spray paint I had around but think it would be fun to get “wild” with bright, fun, trendy colors!
  • I also tried to get creative and spray with two different colors on one vase. Fun idea, but read below for tips!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Don’t overspray. I tend to go overboard with painting and started getting crazy.

On the vase I tried to spray with two colors, I started spraying too much, then had to fix (aka. Spray more of the other color) it. I went downstairs the following day to check out my creations and the vase was totally all chipped and the paint had fallen off.

Pros:

A cheap and easy way to use up those old, boring vases laying around and add a bit of color to your décor.

Cons:

Drippy paint that falls/chips off right away. Also, once you remove the rubber bands, the lines weren’t as clean as I had anticipated.

Conclusion:

Not for me. I love the idea, but it just didn’t work out the way I thought it would. I ended up with two things I’m not sure to do with… maybe it will wash off and I can try another craft. (Yay!)

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Sarah

Mission:  To utilize clear glass votives and make them even cuter.

 

Details:

  • Glass votives (in place of vases)
  • Twine
  • Spray paint
  • Surface/environment for spray painting
  • Patience

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Make sure the link you go to has the full directions and follow them!

Pros:

My completed painted striped votives are pretty cute in their own right, even though they don’t look as intended…they do give off a darling glow 🙂

Cons:

I did not follow directions.

The smell of spray paint is never fun…especially when pregnant.

Conclusion:

Well, first of all – I did these ALL WRONG!!! I’m usually a good follower of directions, but with this project I had major issues! I believe I was supposed to paint the vases on the inside and use another type of spray paint on the outside (a frost), which is not at all what I did. I instead wrapped the outside with twine and then painted them with white spray paint on the outside. The end result was a similar effect, but definitely not as crisp and pretty.

Was super pumped for these as I was doing the project, then once I determined I did them all wrong, was a bit disappointed. The end result was a reflection of my poor direction following 😉

 

The gorgeous shot of the Striped Tea Light Luminaries taken by 52 Projects


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