Do you love Day of the Dead crafts? Use napkins to create these unique decorative luminaries! So fun for Halloween and beyond.
Hi, it’s David from Cheltenham Road.
I seem to have started a Halloween tradition of coming up with quick, easy, spooky Halloween candle holders and luminaries.
I’m not totally sure anyone was desperate for me to start this tradition but I did none-the-less so I’d like to welcome you to the 2016 Creepy Candle Holder Tutorial.
I kept coming across skulls and Day of the Dead crafts and decor so I thought I’d give it a shot using some inexpensive napkins, some jars from the dollar store, spray paint and Matte Mod Podge.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This design is for use with eclectic/battery operated tea lights only.
Here is what I used for these Day of the Dead crafts:
Day of the Dead Luminaries
- Glass containers from the Dollar Store
- Halloween themed napkins
- Matte Mod Podge
- Spray paint (black, red, glass-frosting)
- Painters tape
- Rag (optional, not pictured)
For variety I worked out two ways of creating these.
For some I first taped off the glass with the painters tape to create a “window” that would give the skull a bit of a glow.
After painting the jar I then immediately wrapped it in an old rag and pressed it gently into the paint for just a few seconds. When I removed it I had a nice, textured, weathered look.For other candle jars it was a bit more straightforward. I simply masked, painted and removed the tape.
To attach the images I painted on a thin layer of Matte Mod Podge onto the window area and then, very gently, laid down my napkin and smoothed it out.With tissue/napkins you are never going to get rid of all the wrinkles and if you try too hard you’ll just tear the tissue. In this case I think the wrinkles add to the look of the project.
After that dried, I was all done.
I hope everyone has a great Halloween season and if you’re on the lookout for more Halloween project ideas please check out my blog or my Etsy shop where I’m always working on coming up with new Halloween ideas.
For more Day of the Dead crafts, check out the following posts: