You’ll need: clean clear jars for everyone, poster paint, white glue, paintbrushes, shiny star stickers, colored paper and a tea light for each jar. For younger kids, battery operated.
Mix poster paint and glue to make the paint adhere to smooth surfaces like glass and plastic – about 1/3 glue and 2/3 paint.
Cut out football shapes to serve as lit candle wicks, glue them around the jar.
Paint over the shapes, then glue ‘candlesticks’ to the jar. I used some flashy origami paper, but plain construction paper would work, too.
Peel the football shapes off while the paint is still a little wet, then allow paint to dry.
Then, and this is my favorite part, put in a battery-operated tea light!
My crafters were 6 and used glass with close supervision; younger kids should use plastic but the paint/glue combo should work just as well.
This craft could be adapted for older kids, who could paint more elaborate scenes, more layers of paint, and use real tea lights.
We’ve done this for Halloween, Christmas/New Year, and birthdays.
Even the tiniest kids can paint a jar and the light will still shine through.
If you give jar painting a try, I’d love to see the results, just post them on Funnermother’s Facebook page!