You can sometimes pick up handy one gallon glass jugs from thrift stores or garage sales. Or perhaps you buy the occasional gallon jug of apple cider? You can put those empty glass jugs to very good use by making them into illuminated pumpkin jars in this free craft project.
If you prefer to use the painted jug only for Fall decorating, rather than Halloween, simply omit the facial features and proceed with the rest of the instructions. You could also tie a few silk fall leaves to the top of the jar with the raffia.
- Gallon Glass Jug (Wine Vinegar Jug)
- Orange & Black Paint (acrylic enamel or glass paint)
- Set of 35 Mini Lights
- Sea Sponge
Begin by painting your jug with a sea sponge, gently patting on orange paint over the entire outside surface of the jar. A regular sponge will work but the effect will not be as nice when the jar is illuminated.
Allow the paint to dry and follow paint manufacturer instructions if heat setting the paint is required.
Once the paint is completely dry, paint a face with black paint; refer to the photo for details or look at other pumpkin face designs for inspiration. To add a little extra to your design, paint fine lines with black paint around the jar (see photos for detail).
Tie raffia around the neck of the jar and insert mini lights after all the paint is dry and light up. They really are pretty!
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