Today’s crafting program idea is holiday Luminaries for your enjoyment!
They are easy to make, and fairly inexpensive on a tight budget with a trip to your neighborhood dollar store.
Mason Jar Luminaries can be tailored for different holidays including Halloween, Christmas, Valentines Day, or can be decorated with a summer feel.
I chose to use solar powered lamps instead of button powered LEDs as those will burn out and teens will just cast away the craft all together.
Things you will need
- Mason Jars (1 for each teen)
- Mod Podge and paper bowls to place it in.
- Clear Packaging Tape
- Designs printed on a Laser Printer
- Foam Brushes (1 for every 3 teens or so)
- Solar Lamps from the dollar tree (1 for each teen)
- spare bits of Cardboard
- Craft Knife or Box cutter
- Hot Glue Gun
- Hot water and pan to soak labels in. +Access to warm water
- Hair Dryer (optional)
Preparing the Solar LED light
- These solar lamps can be bought at the dollar tree.
- Remove the solar lamp from the plastic casing.
- Trace the lid of the mason jar on cardboard and cut out a circle
- Cut out a square so the solar glass will be exposed through the cardboard allowing it to do it’s awesome solar powered thing.
- Using the hot glue gun glue the plastic edges to the cardboard.
- Fit in the top ring and boom you have a solar powered LED lid!
- Using Microsoft Publisher create a page size that conforms to the packing tape you are using. Go with roughly 1.8 “ by 10”
- Select Program appropriate images using google. Have them be transparent and format the images so they are Black and very little brightness. (Darker the better)
- (Steps 4 and 5 can be done within the program or ahead of time)
- Print the images, then using the packaging tape, Carefully lay the tape over the images. Use a plastic card to get rid of any air bubbles.
- Using a pair of scissors cut as near to the images as you can and set aside.
1st Step Bedazzle the Mason Jar
- Using a foam brush, coat the inside of the jar with mod podge, working your way from bottom to top. Try to avoid thick lines or pools.
- Once the inside is thoroughly coated drop a generous table spoon of glitter into the jar. DO NOT LET TEENS HAVE CONTROL OF THE GLITTER! even though it’s a simple pouring action somehow my teens had glitter go everywhere.
- Cap the jar and Shake and Bake!
- Add more glitter if needed or dump excess glitter into a baggie and save for another use or for next luminary.
- Once the jars are glittered seal them.
- PRO-TIP: Use Extra Fine Glitter. For colored luminaries ratio is 75% Diamond 25% Color.
2nd step Soak, Remove and Apply decals
- Prepare a Tin with Warm water
- Warm should be warm not hot if it is too hot it will distort the image
- Drop the images carefully covered in tape into the water
- Allow to soak for five minutes
- After 5 minutes grab one of the images
- Using your finger remove the paper from the sticky side of the tape.
- If the paper is too stubborn place it back in the water and add more warm water.
- Once the paper is removed the image will remain on the tape.
- Lay the image flat on a table sticky side up.
- Allow to dry or use Hair dryer to speed up the drying process.
- Once the tape is dry it will become sticky again.
- Carefully apply the image to the outside of the Mason jars. Attempt to avoid bubbles or wrinkles.
Overall this program went fairly well. Kids were entertained and enjoyed making these. Now knowing how to create decals with a laser printer it opens up possibility for programs where kids can do some customization if they wish.
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