Making Halloween Luminaries

If you're like me, you love Halloween! (Who doesn't?) So, I decided I wanted to do a fun project to create some new Halloween decorations! I created these three different colored luminaries using products that you can purchase from us, as well as some crafting materials that you can find just about anywhere. I also made the little soy tealight candles that I used inside of these luminaries because they're SUPER easy to make and it takes hardly any time at all!

First, you'll need to make the tealight candles. Here's what I used for mine:

Plastic Tealight Cups
GW444 Soy Container Wax
ECO Tealight Wicks
Standard Thermometer
Large Pouring Pot
Medium Sauce Pan
Cookie Cutter or Metal Trivet
Metal Spoon or Stir Stick
Parchment Paper

First, I measured out and melted the wax for my tealight candles. These little tealight cups hold about 1/3 of an ounce of wax each so you will need to measure out the proper amount for the number of tealight cups you are pouring. For this project, I poured about 20 tealight cups so I measured out approximately 7oz of wax (.33 x 20=6.6). I decided not to add any fragrance oil or dye to my tealights but if you would like them to smell good you can certainly add any fragrance of your choice! If you need some instruction on melting your wax click here.

You may not be able to tell from the pictures but, these tealight cups are TINY! Sometimes pouring wax into a container this small can be a little bit difficult which means spills are almost unavoidable. I laid down a sheet of parchment paper to make cleanup super easy. Doing this extra step will not only make clean-up super easy but, it will help protect your counter tops from any potential damage or staining (if you are using dye or fragrance oil).

After I laid down the parchment paper (wax paper will work too by the way), I spaced out the tealight cups to give myself plenty of room to pour each of them easily and effectively.

After I spaced out all of my tealight cups, i gently placed a little tealight wick in the center of each cup. Since these tealight cups are so small and shallow, I chose not to use any sort of adhesive to stick the wick tab to the bottom of the tealight cup because it tends to raise up the wick and steals some of your melting "real estate." If you're careful, you can center the tealight wicks, pour the wax in gently, and adjust any wicks that may be askew.

As I've already mentioned, pouring hot wax into these little tealight cups takes a steady hand and PATIENCE! You want to pour the wax slow enough so that you don't overflow the cup and avoid sloshing your wick around. I'm pretty sure it took about 3-5 minutes for me to fill up all of the tealight cups but, as you can see from the picture, I hardly spilled a drop!

For the next step, all you need to do is let the wax cool completely. Luckily, these little guys are so small that they set up in no time at all! After I finished making the tealights, I moved on to the fun part!

To do this next part, I used the following items:

31oz Libbey Cylinder Jars
School Glue
Acrylic Paint (I chose orange, fuchsia, and lime green for Halloween)
Sponge Paint Brush
Parchment Paper
Paper Plates
Halloween Stickers

For my first attempt at painting or "staining" these containers, I used a sponge brush and painted the outside of the jar. I completed all three colors and when I looked at them, I was not loving it. I decided to take a different approach and try again using a different method that was SUPER easy and they turned out so much better!

So this time, I decided to mix 3 parts glue to 1 part paint along with about 1 teaspoon of water. I mixed all of this in the bottom of the jar with my sponge brush until everything was fully incorporated. The paint/glue mixture was able to maintain its "thicker" viscosity but runny enough to swirl around the jar. I simply tilted and turned the jars until they were completely coated in the mixture then flipped them upside down to let the remainder of the paint run down the side.

I recommend resting the jars upside down on a paper plate for easy clean up but also because the paper plates will have a lip to catch any excess paint that may seep out from under the container.

I wanted to include this picture so you could see the difference in how these two methods turned out. In my personal opinion, the jars that were painted on the inside look much better and were more of the look that I was going for.

I also wanted to show this picture so everyone could see what I mean by the paint "seeping" out from under the jars. If you look at the orange container on the front row, the paint is already starting to escape. I quickly moved all three of these containers to a paper plate to let them dry. It took a good 24 hours for the paint to completely set. I recommend leaving the containers upside down to dry. I turned mine over a little too soon and it created some little drips on the inside but overall I was still very happy with the results!

This next step is so easy that my 5 year old daughter was able to help me! (That, and she absolutely INSISTED I let her place the stickers on the jar.) I simply peeled the Halloween stickers and placed them wherever I wanted them. We used a combination of silhouette stickers as well as some cute little cartoons and lettering that made our jars look so cute!

And that's it! All I did next was place one of my little tealights in the bottom of the containers, light them, and turn off all the lights. The results were absolutely perfect! I will definitely be using these as decorations every year!

Now it's your turn to try! Check out our huge selection of candle making supplies by clicking here!