Halloween Votives

    Posted by  ·  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...