Monday, October 10, 2011

painted pumpkin jars: kids' craft

While browsing a magazine in the doctor's office my sister told me about this kids' craft. She told me she probably saw it in Family Fun & that her kids enjoyed it... so we gave it a go.
One of our annual Halloween traditions is to carve pumpkins at my sister's home, this will tide us over until that night. Collin's pumpkin usually wins for uniqueness: one year he carved H1N1 and has carved other clever, current issues. My pumpkins, for some reason, haven't changed since the 3rd grade and always have one big buck tooth. See below...
Supplies needed for this:
-Painters tape
-Jars
-Paint/Paint brushes
-I lay down wax paper or freezer paper or butcher paper... any kind of paper to limit the mess. That way you won't want to kill me when your kids paint all over your table.
Just make sure they don't paint the inside. You may want to add tape to the opening of the jar to avoid that.


I joined in the fun and added stickers to a couple jars. Then turned them upside down, to make sure no paint got inside, then spray painted them. One white and one black. Lastly, wait for them to dry and remove the stickers.

Tonight I added candles to the inside. I think I dropped about 10 lit matches inside the large jar missing the wick every time. Collin pulled through with his MacGyver skills...




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28 comments:

Sara Ancich said...

Yes... got a flat of mason jars just begging to be used on this project. So cute and inviting.

Thanks Liz.

Anonymous said...

This looks fantastic! Thanks for the idea. Do you have a paint-type suggestion? (I really need these things spelled out for me...) :)

Thanks!

Steve and Nicole said...

so clever and cute! love your pictures....as always!

caroline hancock / Scrappercaz said...

wow these are awesome, and great to do for every holiday

Amanda Greer said...

What a neat idea! I know it says "kids' craft," but I'm thinking I could make a few of these for decorations for home. And hey, I'm a kid at heart, right?

Ann Marie said...

How cool! gosh, I just want to reach out and kiss that Q's cheek -- how do you kiss her all day long? She's the cutest thing!

Jena said...

We did these too while we listened to Conference. I originally had 4 jars (one for each kid) but they were having so much fun with it, I had to go find more jars - we ended up with 13 pumpkins! Love this project!

Colleen said...

This is so sweet. Especially for little ones who can't carve! Love it :)

L!$@ said...

That's a really cool idea! And could be used for anything occasion really :D

waleska said...

thank you! I'm going to try this w/ my boys... they'll love it :]

Amanda said...

CUTE craft!! .. hahaha.. my pumpkins look like that too.. sometimes I get crazy and do the nose upside down! .. {whoa!} ... glow sticks would work for these too!

Linda said...

Lizzy do some scrapping! Miss your layouts!

Michele said...

I love the project ideas!!! Teacher and neighbor gifts are always a challenge....keep them coming!

Anonymous said...

This is fantastic! Coming from the UK we don't celebrate Halloween as much which is a shame! Loving your blog I'm a big fan of all your fab projects and ideas. x

505whimsygirl said...

I am all over this! I'd been thinking of something to do other than carving a pumpkin this year -- can't wait to get started.

Love the Boo!!

elizabeth kartchner said...

Anonymous,

I used acrylic paint and it worked great!
And the spray paint was just a matte white and a glossy black... was just a regular spray paint nothing fancy for glass or anything. let me know if you have any other questions.

Renee Zwirek said...

too cute to spook...LOVE!

CINNIBONBON said...

What fun--loved the Boo one!

SarahAnn said...

Well, now I know what I'm doing with my free day on Friday!

Lisa said...

We did something similar for the fourth of July but just free handed it. I lovehe idea of painters tape and spray paint.

sassy said...

great idea! off ot walmart ot buy painter tape!

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

that is super creative and looks so fun! love it!

Michelle F said...

here's a tip: use a dry spaghetti noodle to light your candles. it works well to get down into jars.

Esther said...

we don't celebrate Halloween (Spain), but I can't resist to try it, my little kid loves painting, i doesn't matter if it's distress, acrylic or crayons...
I love all the ideas, projects, photos you do!

Heather :: AFD Jewelry :: said...

What a cute idea!

elizabeth kartchner said...

Michelle F.

sweet! thanks for the tip!

elizabeth kartchner said...

Thanks Esther!

Amy said...

I made these this past weekend! The kiddos loved it!!!!! Now I have to get a great photo of them all!!!