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 nonetheless, so I’d like to welcome you to the “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 electric/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.
Then, while the paint dried I separated the layers of the napkins (the “ply”) to get down to the thinnest layer that showed the graphic:
For some of the images, after separating the “plys” I used my fingers to tear the edges for a nice ragged look.
For the other napkins I just used scissors and cut out the images.
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.
They look fun in regular light but . . . in the evening I think they give off a fun, sorta creepy vibe (the spiders help).
Any napkins would work with this technique or you could use regular tissue paper – there are tons of options. The jars could be painted any color as well.
I hope everyone has a great Halloween season! If you’re on the lookout for more Halloween ideas please check out my Etsy shop!
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