Posts Tagged ‘halloween crafts’

Crafty Hallowen Roundup – Halloween Crafts Part 1

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Happy Monday, readers!  Welcome to roundup week at the Pacific Merchants blog.  We’ll be bringing you the best we’ve found on the internet to make your pre-Halloween festivities, preparations, Halloween craft session, and YouTube watching marathons the best yet.  Here are a few links to get the week started.

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1. No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas from Brit + Co. How awesome are these?  So many creative ways to approach pumpkin decorating–anyone can do it!

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2. An oldie but goodie; parents eating their kid’s Halloween candy.

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3.  “Creepy Candles” from Martha Stewart.  Simple, affordable, and a little creepy.

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4. Decorate your table with our lovely placemats.  With an array of colors and textures, you’re bound to find the perfect mat(s) for your seasonal table.

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5. Kilner Cake in a Jar.  Check out last Friday’s post for an easy, fun tutorial for making cute Halloween cakes!

Halloween Crafts – Kilner Jar-O’-Lanterns

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn my humble opinion, October is one of the best months of the year, second only to November (I love Thanksgiving…really I just love to eat). The leaves are changing. I always feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Sweaters, boots, Pumpkin Spice Lattes. What’s not to like?

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Another October/Halloween staple: Jack-O’-Lanterns. The Jack-O’-Lantern tradition originated in Scotland and Ireland, but infiltrated American Halloween culture a lonnnnnggggggg time ago. I love pumpkins and I have a slight obsession with Kilner Jars so I decided to combine the two into one of the most awesome Halloween crafts ever . For my twist on a classic Halloween tradition, check out this Kilner Jar-O’-Lantern tutorial. It’s a great craft to do with even the littlest kids. As long as they can hold a paintbrush, they’ll have a blast!

What you’ll need:

-Kilner Preserve Jars
-Acrylic paint
-Paint Brushes
-Palette (Something to mix paint on – can be as cheap as a to-go container lid)
-Masking Tape
-Scissors
-Black Permanent Marker, any other colors you might want to use
-Utility Knife
-Paper/pencil, pen
-Hairdryer (if available. Helps speed up the paint drying process.)

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1. For every craft project I start, I love to sketch out my ideas.This is a great way to get your creativity flowing and try out an idea without the commitment. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA This step is especially useful if you’re crafting with kids; it can really help focus and harness OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthe wild and undirected energy kids sometimes approach projects with, and you can always send them back to work on it if they’re freaking out about what’s next. Sound familiar? Some questions to help the kiddos brainstorm:

-Do I want my Jack-O’-Lantern to be friendly? Scary? Silly?
-What simple shapes can I use to make the face?
-Do I want to make a design, pattern, or silhouette instead of a face?
-What colors do I want to use?
-Does my Jack-O’-Lantern have a story? Write down or draw that story.

2. Coat the inside of the Kilner jar with one layer of acrylic paint.

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If you want the final product to be a little more opaque, slap on another coat or two after the first one dries.

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I recommend using a hairdryer on the COOL setting in between coats. It can be tricky to paint the inside of the jar, but it gives you that clean, glossy finish without having to paint or spray on a clear coat at the end. Patience and a longer paintbrush will get you there, I promise! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s also possible to decoupage the outside of the jar with tissue paper and modge podge if you like that texture and process, but it’s a little more involved and messy. Trying to minimize cleanup, here! For adults: spray paint the exterior. It will look smoother, but it’s not as kid friendly.

3. Let the paint dry. In the mean time, if you sketched out a plan when you started, revisit it. Think about how you want to approach “carving” your jar.

4. Time to carve! When I’ve done this project in the past with kids, I draw on the glass with a Sharpie or other permanent marker in the places I want to black out. If you mess up, it’s super easy to take off the marker with an alcohol swab, so that’s really convenient.

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5. Outline the face or design you want blacked out. When you’re done, fill in with the permanent marker. You can also create stencils out of masking tape using a utility knife, but have an adult do this! Another reason painting the inside of the jar is more convenient.

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6. Let the jar dry. When completely dry, we recommend sticking in a flameless tea light; this allows you to close the jar (either preserve jars or clip top jars), and minimizes fire risk. They’re just as pretty, more kid friendly, less likely to melt your paint, and you won’t have to replace them throughout the night. Win, win! Thanks to the bright colors, the jars are also eye catching during the day without candles.

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7. Enjoy, and bask in the glory of your finished product. These Jar-O’-Lanterns make great hostess gifts, school party projects, and party decorations. Also, add some mummies to the mix with our Kilner Mummy Lanterns.               OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Tune in Friday for another Halloween jar project. . . a craft so delicious that you’ll think you went trick-or-treating 2 weeks early!

Halloween Crafts – Kilner Mummy Lantern

Monday, October 7th, 2013

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Halloween is upon us!  Time to start decorating, if you haven’t already.  This week at the Pacific Merchants blog we’ll be providing you lovely readers with three simple, creative, and fun DIY projects to make your October more Halloweeny for you and your family. These crafts do double duty as a fun activity for the whole family and great, seasonal decor, so get started early and enjoy these all month long.  Ready?  Let’s do this thing.  Mummies.  Kilner Jars.  Tea Lights. Put them together, and what do you get?  Mummy Lanterns.  Heck yes.  Set your eyes on one of our favorite Halloween Crafts. It’ll stare right back at you.

Read on for an easy, fun, festive tutorial on converting our lovely Kilner jars into your own friendly mummy lanterns.  They make the best friends/pets ever; super low maintenance, and they don’t think twice about you talking to them for two hours straight.  Plus you’ll be the coolest crafter on the block this Halloween season.

Halloween Craft Supplies1. Get your materials in order!  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • -Scissors
  • -Rolled Gauze (Can find in first aid section of drug store)
  • Kilner Jars (Preserve, Clip Top, or Push Top)
  • -Hot Glue Gun/Glue Sticks
  • -Googly Craft Eyes
  • -Flameless Tea Lights

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA2. Time to wrap these little guys.  Place a few dabs of hot glue on the glass to fix the gauze in place.  Watch out for your fingers!  Hot glue guns/glue can be surprisingly painful. We don’t want to use any of that first aid gauze on you… If you’re doing this with kids, it might be wise to have adults take charge of the hot glue gun. Kids can still do all the wrapping once the gauze is glued in place.

3.  Continue to wrap the jar in gauze, evenly or overlapping/folding if you want something chunkier.  Make sure to fix the gauze down with a small bead of hot glue every once and a while and tighten the wrap on the gauze so OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAit doesn’t unravel.  If you plan on sealing the jars after (on either a preserve jar or a clip top jar), don’t cover the lip of the jar with gauze, else the cap won’t screw on or clip on.

4. Once you’re done wrapping the Kilner Jar, it’s time to googly-eye this mummy.  I was so pleasantly surprised with the insane variety of googly craft eyes that are now available on the market (at Michael’s)…SO AWESOME.  They have different color irises, eyelids, and even eyelashes, so you can fully customize your mummy to your hearts content.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPlaying with the scale of your mummy faces is a great way to inject humor into this project; I love putting big eyes on small jars, and small eyes on larger jars.  It just makes them total characters.  But, it’s obviously up to you and your creative genius to figure out what your mummies look like.

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6. Stick in a flameless tea light, and enjoy!  We at Pacific Merchants strongly advocate flameless tealights/candles, as they’re more family/kid friendly.  You can also close the Kilner jars without the fire going out, and they come in many different colors!  Great option for dorm rooms, apartments, playrooms, or anywhere you don’t want/can’t have open flames.

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Stay tuned for our Jar-O’-Lantern tutorial on Wednesday.  Happy Monday, folks!


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