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Halloween Votives

Posted by  ·  October 10, 2008  ·  Last Updated: October 10, 2008

Here is another simple (but messy) Halloween Craft!  You need just a few supplies.  My Mod Podge has gone bad I think, so we used it along with Elmer’s Glue (My daughter sorta mixed it together—she is 3 so this wasn’t exact science).  I think Mod Podge alone would have been fine.  We were using items we had so we used orange crepe paper on a roll for the pumpkins and white tissue paper like you use to wrap a gift for the ghosts.

My daughter coated the outside of the baby food jar with glue/Mod Podge.

She then took pieces of crepe paper and put it on the jar. We gave the whole thing another coat of mod podge. It is important to dab gently so you don’t tear and wipe the crepe paper away.

We  made faces with scraps of black construction paper and then waited for them to dry.

Once they were dry I thought they probably could have used another coat of Mod Podge, however that could be because mine was old.  I didn’t want to get it back out so I just gave them a shot of clear spray paint.

It is starting to look a lot like Halloween around here!

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  3. CM
    Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
    I would love to use your photo of the votive candles to promote a children's Halloween event. Would this be okay?
  4. Monday, October 18th, 2010
    We did this craft today. Lots of fun. Thanks for sharing. :)
  5. Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
    oh these are wonderful!!! i think i just might make these! thanks for sharing!
  6. Britney
    Tuesday, October 27th, 2009
    same girl i have 10 there going to love this
  7. Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
    Oh thank you for this simple but great idea. I am going to make these this year. But time is running out so I need to go and get those supplies. The kids can help!
  8. erin
    Monday, October 12th, 2009
    I just made those last night using pint jars! So fun! I even had green tissue paper so I made a Frankenstein one too! So fun! Thanks for the idea!
  9. Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
    Люблю сообщения в таком духе! Благодарю :)
  10. Thursday, November 20th, 2008
    Where did you get the idea from?
  11. Thursday, November 20th, 2008
    What a clever idea!
  12. Thursday, October 30th, 2008
    E' bellissssssssimo,chi l'ha inventato è stato bravo.
  13. Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
    My daughter and I made some over the weekend. http://mylifeexpose.blogspot.com/2008/10/halloween-votives-and-slightly-bigger.html

    thanks for the idea
  14. Monday, October 20th, 2008
    This was a great craft!
    Thank you for posting this.
    I love making messes. With glue!
    See my own results here:


    Thank you for your inspiring ideas!
  15. Monday, October 20th, 2008
    Awesome! Thanks for the inspiration ( and the comment :P )
  16. Sunday, October 19th, 2008
    These are too adorable and so easy! I'm going to link to them for my blog as long as you don't mind.
  17. Sunday, October 19th, 2008
    totally doing these! I might do them in big jars for the walkway and put LED tealights in them! Was looking for something like this to do!
  18. Thursday, October 16th, 2008
    Wanted to let you know we did this at home the other night. We even made a black cat or two using black crepe paper. We cut out green "cat eyes" from construction paper and a little pink nose. I'll be posting them on my blog tomorrow (hopefully). Thanks for the idea!
  19. Tuesday, October 14th, 2008
    GREAT idea--and looks easy enough for us seriously craft-challenged, but well-intentioned moms. Loves it (and just might try it! LOL!).
  20. pam
    Tuesday, October 14th, 2008
    what a fun idea
  21. Monday, October 13th, 2008
    what an awesome craft. Thanks so much for sharing this. I cannot wait to try it out!
  22. Monday, October 13th, 2008
    SO CUTE. My girls would really love a messy project like this! Now I need to clean out the fridge to find enough jars. Baby food jars would be adorable!
  23. Monday, October 13th, 2008
    Love these! I've got lots of jars in different sizes and these are perfect. What a cute idea. xoxo
  24. Monday, October 13th, 2008
    I love these and included this post on the Alpha Mom Reading List. You're such a treat to read.
  25. Saturday, October 11th, 2008
    Thanks for a GREAT idea! My kids and I spent the morning making a bunch of them and they turned out so cute! I love them!
  26. Saturday, October 11th, 2008
    Hi Thanks for the cute idea! My kids had a great time making these and now they want to know what we are going to do next! Maybe the ghost garlands....we shall see! I linked you to my post...hope you don't mind! http://earnhearts.blogspot.com/2008/10/pumpkin-fun.html
  27. Saturday, October 11th, 2008
    These are so cute! I have some cheapy votive cups that are rounded; I could use those!
  28. Saturday, October 11th, 2008
    I love this project! My daughter did this in 3rd grade and I just brought it out from storage for our autumn decor.

  29. Saturday, October 11th, 2008
    These look so cute! I'm so glad I found your blog and even more glad that I was able to get your button up on my blog!
    Have a great weekend!
  30. Jenny
    Saturday, October 11th, 2008
    I may have to have your little helper over to make these for my front steps -- very cute! Love this idea!!
  31. Saturday, October 11th, 2008
    love it! gonna try this!
  32. tango
    Saturday, October 11th, 2008
    So perfect! My daughter and I are doing this tonight! I clipped an article years ago for a very similar project. But they didn't have a photo, only a drawing. If I knew how great they'd look, we'd have done these a year or two ago! We used orange acrylic paint, as I seem to have every color tissue paper under the sun except orange. DD has decided to make one for each of her classmates, her teacher, the preschool director, Granny, Grandpa, etc... Thanks for the inspiration -- this project and so many others!
  33. Friday, October 10th, 2008
    That is too cute!! So easy too. I may have to get my modge podge out!
  34. Friday, October 10th, 2008
    These are freaking cool! I'll be linking to this.
  35. Friday, October 10th, 2008
    Those are too cute!
  36. Friday, October 10th, 2008
    Now, when hubby asks what I'm going to do with all of those empty baby food jars, I have an answer! Thanks.
  37. tammi
    Friday, October 10th, 2008
    loving it. Just deciding if my 2 year old should get her hands into glue?! Of course, she would love it!~! thanks!
  38. Friday, October 10th, 2008
    Everything on your blog is toooooo stinkin cute!!! Fantastic ideas and great tutorials! I love it and will definitely be back to see what else you can come up with!!! Booooootiful!
  39. Friday, October 10th, 2008
    That is so cool! Thanks for sharing!
  40. Friday, October 10th, 2008
    How adorable. I will be making these and inserting the battery operated tea lights. I might hang a few with wire over my tiny fish pond on my back patio for a eery night glow.

    Check out my great fall photos of inspired decorating on my blog.
  41. k.t.
    Friday, October 10th, 2008
    Love it!! Very cute - and EASY!
  42. Friday, October 10th, 2008
    such a cute craft!
  43. Amy
    Friday, October 10th, 2008
    This will be a fun project for my kids and my nephews I babysit! Thanks for the great idea!
  44. Agnes
    Friday, October 10th, 2008
    ACK! Those are so neat! Cute, simple, inexpensive, kid-friendly projects are the best :)
  45. Friday, October 10th, 2008
    This is such a cute idea and so easy to translate for other holidays, too! How adorable! Hey! I wanted to let you know that I'm doing a giveaway on my blog! You do so many cute things here that I really appreciate, so I just wanted to share! LOL!
  46. Emily
    Friday, October 10th, 2008
    Very cute! I'm definitely going to make these!
  47. Friday, October 10th, 2008
    They would really set the mood, and they look so easy! Thanks for the fun idea.
  48. Friday, October 10th, 2008
    I knew I saved that box of cleaned baby food jars for something! Those turned out so well, give the baby a high five for me! I'll let you know how ours turn out...