jackolanterns

Well Halloween is around the corner and as many know, it is my favorite holiday. Goblins and ghouls, witches and ghosts, vampires and werewolves! To me it’s a holiday that reminds me the most of my childhood; looking for that Ninja Turtle Costume, eating lots of candy, watching scary movies. It is also a sign that autumn is here and the scorching Texas heat will soon subside. I can already smell the cinnamon and apples and home-made pies. I can already see the trick-or-treating children flooding the streets. Holiday season is upon us. And what better way to celebrate the holidays than a quick project for home decor.

I made the jack-o-lanterns above years ago and they come out every year for Halloween. It is a rather simple project and can involve the whole family or your classroom. All you need are baby food and applesauce jars, paintbrushes, acrylic or glass paint and a paint sealant. You can stick candles in the top of the jar or just leave it as is. If you want to use tea candles inside the jack-o-lanterns to shine through, you will need to leave the eyes, noses and mouths free of paint. You’ll want to remove labels and glue, wash the jars thoroughly and let them dry before you begin painting them. Unless you are a free hand artist, you will also want to draw out your faces prior to putting them on the jars. Then you can paint them orange and the tops green or brown. After the orange paint dries, you can draw your faces lightly with pencil or chalk and then paint over them. Once all the paint dries, use a paint sealer to coat the jars so your paint doesn’t rub or chip off. Have fun and feel free to send me pics of your pumpkins.

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