Saturday, October 24, 2009

FUN CRAFT...LUMINARIES

This is a fun craft to do with kids, especially if you do not like to deal with all the mess of a real pumpkin. They will look nice if you are having a Halloween Party...or even for Trick-or-Treat!

Instead of throwing away your empty 2-liter soda bottles, recycle them into these fun pumpkin luminaries to light up your Halloween this year.






Materials:

Krylon Fusion for Plastic® - Pumpkin (Safety)
Krylon Fusion for Plastic® - Sunbeam (#2330)
Two 2-liter empty plastic soda bottles
Con-Tact® Paper
Scissors
Xacto® knife
Adhesive remover
2 candles
Sand
Paper towels
Newspaper
Rubber Gloves (optional)
Steps:

Peel label from empty plastic soda bottle. Use adhesive remover and a paper towel to remove any residue.

Wash soda bottles thoroughly; let dry completely.

Using Xacto knife, carefully cut off top of bottle. Cut a half-circle out of the back, near the bottom; this will make it easier to add the sand and the candle.

Draw facial features on contact paper and cut out. Adhere features to the soda bottle, being careful to firmly seal edges with fingernail.

Cover work area with newspaper. Spray soda bottles with Krylon Fusion – one with Pumpkin Orange and the other with Sunbeam. Let dry for 3 hours.

When completely dry, carefully peel off contact paper features. (Note: Krylon Fusion will be dry to touch after 15 minutes but should be allowed to cure for at least 24 hours before the luminaries are put into service.)

Add sand to base for weight and insert candle. Light and enjoy.

DO NOT ALLOW YOUNG CHILDREN TO LIGHT CANDLES. TRY USING A SMALL FLASHLIGHT INSTEAD.

6 comments:

Just Breathe said...

Those are so cute. Thank you for sharing. Got to get me some kids to do this with!

Keetha Broyles said...

Very cute indeed!

nancygrayce said...

Those are darling! Did you make those?

Love Being a Nonny said...

What a GREAT idea! Thanks for sharing. I might give this a try!

KBeau said...

You are certainly getting crafty. Thanks for the tutorial.

Southern Lady said...

What neat craft ideas, Tonja ... I love the painted pumpkins, too!