Witch’s Lantern Tutorial
In this easy tutorial we will be making some cool witches’ lanterns. These lanterns are made out of empty jars and with a tinted look that will emit an eerie and spooky glow that is sure to set the tone for your home witch coven!
Materials and tools:
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Empty glass jars, any size with work
Creepy fabric or cheese cloth
Cheap craft wire
Mod Podge or school glue
Matte black spray paint
Flickering LED votive
Mix a tablespoon of Mod Podge or school glue (for a more opaque look) with a tablespoon of water. Add 8-10 drops of red food coloring and 2 drops of yellow food coloring. Mix very well. Using a paint brush, paint the inside of the clean glass jar completely. Set jar, upside down on a paper towel and let dry. If the tinting is too light, repeat this process after each coat of the color mix is thoroughly dry. Here, as I encourage everywhere else, use your imagination. Witches jars don’t have to be red, they can be yellow, orange, green, or whatever color your creative mind can concoct.
If you are not using the lid, skip to the next step. Using a brush (or finger) coat the outside of the lid (top and sides) with glue or Mod Podge. Crumple up some tissue paper and then lightly straighten. Carefully lay it over the glued lid and gently rub it on. Make sure it is well glued to the lid and let dry. When dry, take a brush and brush more Mod Podge over, covering the whole outside of the lid. Let dry.
Using the masking tape and the grocery bag, cover the outside of the jar as shown in the picture. Lay sideways and gently and lightly spray paint the upper inside of the jar with the matte black spray paint. This will simulate the accumulation of soot from years of use. Do as much or as little so it looks like you want it. Set aside to dry. Also, go ahead and spray paint the wire as well, so it doesn’t look all new and shiny.
Paint the lid with some dark (brown or black) latex paint and then dry brush a couple of lighter shades (something like tan and mossy green) with acrylic paints. The complete dry brushing technique is covered in this tutorial: Dry Brushing Technique and applied in these two other tutorials SKULL1 and JAR1. Let dry.
Make a tiny loop in the wire as seen and then wrap the rest of the wire around the neck of the jar. Twist the wire tightly. With the loose end of the wire, make a handle loop by twisting the wire and then tying it to the tiny loop made at the beginning of this step. Hot glue some jute or hemp rope around the neck of the jar over the wire. Take the lose end of the rope and twist it around the wire handle. Tie a knot on the tiny loop and secure the knot with some hot glue.
Alternatively, cover the top of the jar and handle with creepy cloth or “dirtied up” cheese cloth. Glue in place and dry brush if desired to give an old creepy look.
Place a flickering LED votive inside the jar, place the lid on the jar and TAAA-DAAAA! We are done my friend. Hang the jar from a branch, place on a table or use it to accessorize your witch costume.
Alternatively, if the jar is stationary and hanging from something, you could run a wire alongside the wire handle and bring some string lights into one or more jars.
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