Jack-O-Lantern Jar Candle Remake8:23:00 PM
This is a craft fail…almost. The little jack-o-lantern that could.
I like to reuse random items…in case you couldn’t tell.
I have a bunch of jar candles around the house, and I’m on a kick to try to use some of them up. But what do you do with the jar when you’re done?
First: you need to get the remains of the candle out of the jar. How do you do that? Wiki How had several suggestions, but the tip that seemed least likely to cause me injury was….just put it into the freezer for an hour or two. It seriously just pops out. All I had to do was use a butter knife to chip at the disk of wax while it's cold so it would break up and get out of the neck of the jar.
Next: You need to get all of those silly labels off the jar. I happened to notice when I last had my handy-dandy can of WD-40 out to lube up a door that the can said it removed adhesive. So I sprayed the labels, and with a little bit of scrubbing, the adhesive came right off! I used some glass cleaner to get the last of the soot off, and voila, a clean jar.
And of course, the next step involves getting the jar messy again.
I wanted to have a translucent orange jar, so I took some homemade modge podge and mixed in some craft paint.
I poured the mixture into the jar, swirled it around until I got good coverage, and then put it into a 175 degree oven (on waxed paper, of course) until dry (about 30 minutes).
And then I did it a couple more times, until I got the opacity of orange I wanted. In hindsight, it might have been better if I had used some food coloring--but I kind of like the grainy look I ended up with.
I then took some black sharpies--an extra fine and an extra thick--and drew a jack-o-lantern face on the pumpkin I created.
I colored the neck black to be a stem, and it was a cute little jack-o-lantern, but I still wanted it to light up.
I have this neat LED light , and I wanted to make a little jack-o-lantern nightlight with it. I disassembled a clearance solar light for this project. Big fail. It made the pumpkin look...green.
So I went back to the basics--and used a tea light candle.
In other words, I went through all of that to repurpose my jar candle...into a jar candle. Not my most efficient moment, I will admit. At least it's cuter, right?
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