Saturday, March 24, 2012

Kid crafts: Easter luminaries

My son was scared of monsters when he was little so I made a lamp for him that would scare them away. I found the idea for in a craft book we got from the library.  I wish I could remember the name. I do know that it was a Muppet craft book. The lamp has been well loved and he has since passed it on to his little brother.  

I love how it looks when it is turned on so I've been looking for ways to reproduce the effect.  I've been thinking about using round glass dishes for a Halloween project but I really love spring colors so I decided to go with an Easter theme instead.  I'll probably do these again for Halloween anyway.  They'd make really cute Jack-O-Lanterns.

Here's what you need: Tissue paper, glass bowls (I found these at Walmart for 97 cents each.  I'm sure you could find some for less at a second hand store.), Mod Podge (you can also use Elmer's glue mixed with water - half and half.), paint brushes, lights (I'm using lilac scented candles. Those cute little battery operated tea lights would would well too.)

I'm not entirely sure what my little one was doing with his arms in this next picture.  He may or may not have glued his hand to his head.  

Step 1: Paint Mod Podge on the glass.

Step 2: Rip little pieces of tissue paper and stick them to the glass.Cover with more Mod Podge.

My son actually used one big piece for the whole thing.  As long as the tissue paper is thoroughly soaked, it doesn't matter.  I thought the stripe affect was cute.

(My apologies for this blurry picture.  I actually ordered a new camera today! I do hope it arrives quickly.)  

Step 4: Let dry
Step 5: Complain about camera that takes blurry pictures.  Put candles inside and light them.

Step 6: Enjoy!

I'm adding one more picture with some daffodils from my garden.  I got them to stay together by putting a rubber band around their stems.

Like it?  


  1. The posibilities for these is endless...every holiday and every color!!! I think I'll try these with my 3 1/2 year old granddaughter!! Thanks.

  2. Love it! Love that you let your kids do it too.

  3. Thank you, Jill. My kids love doing crafts. Sometimes I even use crafts for bribery. My oldest wasn't interested in this one but he does like other crafts.

  4. Janice, I have a whole bunch of those vases. If you want some of them, come get them.

  5. I'll take them! I really want to do some for Halloween. Thanks.