Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Colored bottles: Pumpkin and Ghost Luminary

We love luminaries! Remember those Decoupage Tissue paper bottles - Recycled bottle Aquarium,Music notes luminary, Rainbow bottles/Pot-o-gold. I wanted to try something new this time and we used the simple method of tinting the bottles with acrylic paint. I got the inspiration from the blog post - Colored glass jar using glue + food color on craft berry bush blog

Materials Used:

Acrylic paint
Modpodge/Elmer's glue
Paper cups/Styrofoam trays for mixing
Permanent markers
Masking tape
Plastic spoons
Battery operated LED Tea light

Steps Overview:

Safe guard your work area and clothes

Mix - 1 teaspoon of acrylic paint + 1 teaspoon of mod podge/Elmer's glue + 1 teaspoon of water. Let them blend thoroughly.

Pour the mix into the bottle

Swirl the paint inside the bottle so that the whole inner surface is coated with paint

To remove the excess paint, Tilt the bottle on a cup or close the bottle with lid and place it upside down until all the paint drips down. I left it stay for an hour or so. The more you get the paint out, the faster it drys

Use a paper towel and wipe off any paint that may have dripped onto the outside of the jar. Use a wet paper towel to make it extra clean.

Let it dry. The lesser the paint inside the faster it drys. The bottles took 2 days to dry.

When I tried a Google search for Jack-o-Lantern faces, I got some cute templates from Martha Stewart, here and ideas from Crafts by amanda, here.

On the Orange glass jars, I just free handed the faces with permanent marker. For the ghosts jars, Since I thought of reusing the jars as vases, I used masking tape for the face. First I free handed the expressions on the masking tape and cut them out. After placing the tapes on the bottles, CJ colored them black with the markers.

Aren't they cute!

Illuminated with LED tea lights!


  1. That's a great idea! I must try to coax my girls to do this project, but I don't think they will budge from the pumpkin decor! Anyway, will try!

  2. Those turned out super cute! I'm quite fond of the ghosts. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Ooh what a neat way to paint the insides! Your lanterns look great!

    Thanks as always for linking to Kids Get Crafty!


  4. Those are VERY cool! How creative & I love reusing stuff =-) Thanks for linking up to Living Life Intentionally Linky Party so we can all be inspired!!

  5. These are awesome! I found you through Creative Jewish Mom. Thanks for sharing!

  6. love these! have always wanted to try them but my husband always ends up throwing my jars away :(

    Thanks for sharing on the Sunday Showcase! I hope to see you again this week! I showcased these on facebook & Twitter!


  7. Pinned this one! They are so cute. Plan on getting these done this week.

  8. I love the way these turned out. Very fun! Thanks for sharing your link on ABC!

  9. Oh soooooooooooooo fabulous.. I love love how you’ve done these.. they’ve turned out beautiful…

    I normally use glass paints on the outside.. but this is simply impressive..

    Thanks for coming in and linking in to the party..

  10. Beautiful... !! Thanks for linking in !!