Halloween Decorations: How to Make Ghost Luminaries

Ghost luminaries are a fun project and they look great when finished. They are great to put on your walkway because they are very decorative and unique, and they add light to help the trick or treaters find their way to your door. This is a project for everyone, it doesn’t matter how old you are, anyone is capable of making these and of having a great time doing it.

-empty jars, it doesn’t matter how many, you can make only one or as many as you want
-white acrylic paint
-black acrylic paint
-black Sharpie marker
-tea light candles, or something that will fit in the jar and create light

1. Before you start, make sure that the jars you are planning on using are clean. Also make sure that you have taken any labels on the jars off and if there is anything left over from the label, use hot water to get rid of it, but if you do have to do this make sure that the jar is completely dry before you move on to the next step.

2. Take one of the jars, and start painting it white. Spread the paint out on the jar evenly so that the first coat looks even and smooth. Let the first coat dry before you do anything else. It is best if you leave the jar to dry overnight, but as long as it is completely dry when you move on to the next step, it’s fine.

3. Paint the second coat of white paint onto the jars. Like the first coat, make sure that the paint if spread out and looks even and smooth. With the second coat, it is best if you let the paint dry overnight because the second coat takes a longer time to dry.

4. When the paint is dry, draw the eyes and the mouth onto the jars. You can use pencil if you are worried about making a mistake to make the outlines. If you do not want to draw the shapes on with pencil first, use sharpie to make the outline. It is easier to if you use something to make the outline of the shapes so that when you are painting, you have a guideline and know what you are doing.

5. Use the black acrylic paint to fill in the outlines of the mouth and of the eyes. You only need one coat. When you are finished painting, put the jars somewhere where they can dry. Let the paint dry completely before you do anything more with them.

6. When Halloween time comes, put the jars on the sidewalk, or your driveway, or anywhere else you feel they would look good. Put the candles, or whatever type of illumination you have selected, inside the jars. Light the candles and watch the jars glow like ghosts.

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