Cute Halloween Luminaries

Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago, believed that on the night before their new year (November 1), the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. Over time, this day evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats.

Halloween, celebrated annually on October 31, is one of the world’s oldest holidays. Although it’s derived from ancient festivals and religious rituals,  Halloween is still widely celebrated today in a number of countries around the globe. 

While the roots of Halloween itself can be traced back thousands of years, Halloween decorations have a rather modern history. In the early 1900s, Halloween was a popular national holiday, but it still wasn’t the same kid-friendly holiday we know today. Before the rise of trick-or-treating, Halloween was mostly a holiday for adults—a good excuse to throw a party and also, to decorate your home in a really spooky way. The rise of trick-or-treating fuelled the move towards more kid-friendly, less creepy Halloween decorations.

And with that, here’s my cutesy Halloween decoration tutorial today!

How to make a witch jar luminary:

Things you’ll need:

• A jar

• Yellow, Black and Purple acrylic paints

• White air dry clay

• Hot glue gun and a hot glue stick

• 1 Battery operated LED tea light

• Optional: Googly eyes

• Optional: A small piece of rope or string

Steps to make your witch:

  1. Shape the clay into a witch’s hat and let it air dry completely.
  2. Paint the jar yellow and allow to dry. Once the jar is dry add a second coat and allow to dry.
  3. Once the jar is dry, use the black paint to paint some messy hair for your witch.
  4. Paint the eyes and a crooked mouth for your witch. If you have googly eyes, glue them to her face instead of painting them.
  5. Once the clay hat is dry, paint it purple and allow to dry. (Optional) Add a rope band to the hat.
  6. Glue on the hat to the lid of the jar.
  7. Place a battery operated LED tea light in the jar.

Your witch is ready!

How to make a Frankenstein’s monster luminary:

Things you’ll need:

• A jar

• Green & Black acrylic paints

• Hot glue gun and a hot glue stick

• 2 pairs of nuts and bolts

• 1 Battery operated LED tea light

• Optional: Googly eyes

Steps to make your monster:

  1. Paint the jar green and allow to dry. Once the jar is dry add a second coat and allow to dry.
  2. Once the jar is dry, use the black paint to paint some hair for your monster.
  3. Paint the eyes and a crooked mouth for your monster. If you have googly eyes, glue them to his face instead of painting them. Don’t forget to add the stitches!
  4. Using hot glue, attach the nuts and bolts to the sides of the jars, where the monsters ears would be.
  5. Place a battery operated LED tea light in/on the jar.

Your Frankenstein’s monster is ready!

How to make a mummy luminary:

Things you’ll need:

• A jar

• Hot glue gun and a hot glue stick

• A roll of gauze bandage

• 1 Battery operated LED tea light

• Googly eyes

Steps to make your mummy:

  1. Using hot glue, attach the end of the bandage to the mouth of the jar.
  2. Wrap the bandage around the jar
  3. Glue the eyes to his face.
  4. Place a battery operated LED tea light in the jar.

Your mummy is ready!

And there you have it! Three easy Halloween decorations that you can make in a couple of hours!

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