Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Dear Mummy Jars

Dear Mummy Jars,

Are you ever one of the easiest and coolest Halloween crafts I have ever come across!  And you will look awesome sitting next to a flickering Jack-O-Lantern on the night of Halloween to greet trick-or-treaters!

I came across the idea for these Mummy Jars as I was searching for a Halloween craft for my Chinese Toddler Class.  The great thing about this particular craft is that it is super easy and uses readily available materials (and you already know my love for Googly Eyes).  Although I opted not to use this for my 2 to 3-year-old students for safety reasons, I think this would be a great craft for children ages 5 and up (with supervision for younger children).

  • clean glass jars of any size (with labels removed)
  • toilet paper
  • Scotch tape
  • any size Googly Eyes, a pair for each jar
  • craft glue
  • tea light candles (see other lighting options below)
  • a long-tipped lighter

  1. Tear a workable length of toilet paper from the roll (about 5 squares).  Fold it in half lengthwise.  Tape one end onto the glass jar and begin wrapping it around the jar.  Continue with more toilet paper until the entire jar is covered (do not overwrap or else the glow will be less noticeable).  Tape end of toilet paper to secure.  (Do not place toilet paper close to or over the mouth of the jar for risk of catching on fire.)
  2. Glue a pair of Googly Eyes onto the jar.  
  3. Place a tea light candle inside the jar.  Light the candle with a long-tipped lighter and watch the Mummies Jars glow!  (See other lighting options below.)
***Caution: Do not leave lighted Mummy Jars unattended.  As with any lighted votive candle holder, the Mummy Jars will become hot.  Place over appropriate surface to avoid damage to furniture or flooring.  Use care when using around small children to avoid burns or cuts from broken glass.

This craft is inspired from Craft reDesigned's Mummy Jars.  Like the original, you can go as fancy as strips of gauze painted on the jars with Mod Podge, or strips of crepe streamer paper and glue like some others have used.  But if you don't have those materials readily available at home, then toilet paper and Scotch tape will do just fine. 

Also, options other than tea light candles to make the jars glow are: a few glow sticks or battery-powered candle lights.  These choices are good for younger children to handle and to avoid fire or burn hazards.

And there you have it!  We have ourselves a set of three Mummy Jars that Dear Daughter, Dear Son, and I made together yesterday.  They glowed beautifully in our foyer for three hours last night, and we were a little sad to blow the candles out.

I'm sure we'll light them again today. 

So, Dear Mummy Jars, I cannot wait to have you accompany our Jack-O-Lantern (one that I still hope to carve) on our door step come Halloween.  I love the look of the flickering glow as the cool breeze gently moves the air about the candle light.  In the darkness, our eyes naturally seek light.  And these lighted Mummy Jars are a de-"light"-ful sight to see!




    And that is all.

    Stealing. doing.

    1. Thanks, Kim! Steal, do, and love away! Let me know how they turn out. :)

  2. Oh how fun! I love these - and of course they had googly eyes :) I would do the tp because that means I can still repurpose the jars for other things... but that's me.

    1. Oh, Michelle, those were my thoughts exactly. The TP and tape come right off, with your original jar intact. Just don't spill any wax from the candle since that would be hard to clean out. :) Thanks!

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    1. Thanks, Helen! The boys might get a kick out of these!

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    1. Thanks, Laura! Totally easy and cute enough for grownups, too! :)

  5. These are adorable! You have the cutest projects. I did have to laugh when I saw the Googly eyes, since you just wrote about them. They really are good for any project!

    1. Thank you, Janna! These are my backup jack-o-lanterns--in case I don't get to carve one or two this year. And yes, Googly Eyes rock! :)

  6. Aw, so cute and so easy! I'm not much of a holiday decorator. Just means more things I have to store around the house til next year ;). I do keep Christmas stuff though. The only holiday I decorate.

    1. Thanks, Lisa! Well, your little one is still young. You might get into more kiddie crafting once he's older. I'm not planning to keep these around--the TP comes right off and the jars get recycled. And we'll just have to make them again next year--maybe fancier ones?! Who knows! :)

  7. These Mummu jars are adorable!

    1. Thanks, Susan! Thanks for stopping by!