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I’m pretty sure I live in New England for the Fall. While I’m not head-over-heels for the hours I spend raking leaves, the colors, crisp air and chilly nights that I get to spend by the fire truly warm my spirit. To get the girls into the season- and have some girl time- I invited a few of my closest mama-friends over for a little mason jar craft party!
Fall is my season to whip out candles and give each room a bit of ambiance, versus a whole flood of light, as the days get shorter. What I NEVER do, is light a candle and walk away, so I started looking into how I could give my mantle some love, sans flame, and came up with some fall luminaries made from mason jars. They are lit from inside with battery operated tea lights, so while they’re pretty, they’re also not a danger!
Fall Luminaries Craft for Kids
- Mason jars, we used Ball 16 oz canning jars
- Mod Podge
- 1″ sponge applicator (get the least expensive ones you can!)
- Fall colored tissue paper, ripped into pieces
- Brown construction paper, cut into the shape of a tree, about 1″ shorter than the jar you’re using
- Battery operated tea light
- To get your home ready, cover a table in newspaper and masking tape it down! This will prevent any Mod Podge from sticking to it permanently!
- Set up each child’s “station”, if you will. Add a jar, sponge, tree cut out, and pack of WaterWipes.
- To avoid reaching, place two large bowls of tissue paper at either end, as well as disposable trays for the Mod Podge. This
canwill get messy, so anything you can just scoop up and toss will make your life easier.
- Lay out some of your old t-shirts, or aprons as smocks. While your friends love coming over and making a mess of your house, they don’t want their kids to end up looking like your playroom. Help a mama out!
- Have some step stools on hand for kids that can’t reach the table. I have found that giving kids chairs to sit in during crafts turns into musical chairs/Ninja Warrior, with tripping and falling and, inevitably, someone not having a seat. I avoid this by having everyone stand!
- Have your set up in one place, and bring a trashcan close! If you set up in a place that kids can get to before you’re ready- station a parent to keep watch! Keep all of your supplies close at hand!
- Lastly, lay out cardboard (we used a broken down delivery box) on your counter as a space for the luminaries to dry. Place a permanent marker up there so parents can write their children’s names down by the jar and not have to remember which one they made.
Got it all ready? Let’s get to crafting!
- Start by sponging one section of your mason jar at a time with Mod Podge. Our party goers wanted to take their time finding the perfect placement for their tissue paper, so going in sections is important to avoid crafting frustrations. Mod Podge dries pretty quickly!
- Place tissue paper over your Mod Podge sections as you go- a little overlap on the edges is OK!
- As your tiny crafters place their tissue paper, you may notice their hands getting more and more sticky. I recommend having a package of WaterWipes handy to keep their hands fairly clean. Gluey hands makes it hard to get the tissue paper to stick to the jar, and is another cause of crafting frustrations. WaterWipes are great because they are durable and effective without containing any of the harmful chemicals that may be found in other baby wipes, containing only two ingredients, 99.9% pure Irish water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract. No pieces of paper towel stuck on your hands as you go along making your luminaries.
- Once your mason jar is covered in tissue paper, use some brown construction paper and cut out the shape of a tree and attach it to your jar, anywhere you want!
- Using very gentle strokes, put a top coat of Mod Podge all over your mason jar, covering the paper in the white film- don’t worry, it will dry clear. Any air bubbles that pop up, use your fingers to tap them down. This will keep the paper from shredding off and give it a nice glisten in the glow it provides!
- Wait for them to dry before popping your tea light in and placing the cap on!
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