We loved making these last year so much that we just had to do it again this year. Now, at age 3.5 years old, L was able to do more of the cutting and gluing himself this year, compared to last time where I had to help him quite a bit.
|Previous year's completed jack-o-lanterns. L's is the one on the left. Not bad for a 2.5 year-old.|
- glass jar (any shape or size)
- orange tissue paper
- black construction paper
- elmer's glue
- paint brush
Mix a small amount of elmer's glue with water. You will want it fairly runny. I eyeballed this, but it was probably about 2 parts glue to 1 part water.
Cut the orange tissue paper into strips or squares. You just want the pieces to be small enough to manage gluing onto the jar. They don't need to be perfectly shaped by any means. We made squares roughly 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" in size.
Cut out eyes, a nose, and a mouth from the black construction paper.
Make sure your glass jar is clean and dry. Paint the glue/water mixture onto the jar and cover with the orange tissue paper, working in small sections and overlapping paper so there are no bare spots. This part is messy and you really can't make any mistakes. The paper does not have to go on perfectly flat. It
can will wrinkle, fold, tear. No big deal!
After the entire jar is covered in orange tissue paper, adhere the black pieces to resemble a face.
Give the entire outside of the jar another good top coat of glue/water mixture.
Let dry. Then, place a tea light inside your jar and enjoy your new luminary.
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