This project turned out sooo cute, I just have to share it with you. See, we like to have some mood lighting for our Home Halloween Party, and part of the week has been, of course, spent preparing for the party. Yesterday, we took some old, empty gallon jugs, cleaned them up, and painted them to make some really adorable Halloween lanterns. Of course, I had been saving jugs all month for this purpose, but if you recycle, maybe you have a milk jug or two still sitting in the bin. I used my vinegar jugs, too. (I use vinegar for everything–it’s the best and safest cleaning agent on the planet, as well as tangy addition to my famous hot wings sauce.)
These are easy enough for the littlest little to take part in. And They Are (obviously) Awesome.
Empty, clean, plastic 1-gallon jugs (milk or vinegar jugs work perfectly. You could even use 1/2 gallon jugs.)
Orange craft paint
Black craft paint
Battery-operated tea lights
Box cutter or other sharp knife (for Mama or Dada to use, of course)
That’s it. Easy, right?
First, paint your jugs orange. We didn’t paint the parts where the handles were. Made for less mess (see Littlest holding his jug by the handle as he paints?) and also marked off where to cut the jug in order to insert the tea light.
Allow the orange paint to dry completely, then paint a jack-o-lantern face on the front of the jug. (If you look closely in the pic of Littlest, you can see in the background that we watched Hocus Pocus while we made these. Love that movie. Sarah Jessica Parker is Hilarious in it.)
Here comes the tricky part, and it is for a grown-up to do. With your sharp knife, you have to cut a slit around the handle of the jug. You can see that just cutting a slit from one side of the unpainted area to the other made the milk jug flimsy enough that you can manipulate it to get the tea light inside. The vinegar jugs are sturdier, so I had to actually cut a section out through which to slide the tea light. Watch your fingers. Don’t get hurt. I’d feel bad.
Turn your tea lights on and look at them glow!
As you can see, even in daylight the tea lights show up well through the thin layer of paint. These lanterns can be used indoors if you’re having a Halloween party, or on the front porch if you don’t want rotting pumpkin sitting around. We opt for both. 🙂 Oh, but don’t put real candles in them. Because, you know, plastic melts.
Plus, the Littles had a ton of fun getting to contribute to the party decor.
Now all I have to do is remember to paint the tops green. Wish me luck!