Easy Luminaries

I just hate it when my husband tries to recycle garbage potential craft supplies.  Luckily, I've hidden a lot of my stash from him and we used some old spaghetti and baby food jars to make these easy luminaries.

We started with clean jars.
Then I cut a piece of aluminum foil to wrap around each jar.

We got out the toothpicks and started poking holes in the aluminum foil.  We put a dishtowel underneath.
Finally, we taped the aluminum foil around the jar and dropped in a battery operated candle.

They weren't much to look at...
until we turned off the lights.  Then they were actually very pretty!
I thought this was a great activity to go with  One Shining Star: A Christmas Counting Book.  It's a counting book centered around the nativity.  Preschoolers can count the shepherds, animals, angels, the star, etc.  It's short and simple and my 2 and 3 year old love it, partly because of the great illustrations.

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  1. That's so nice and it's simple to do. I really like this craft. I have to try it. And it looks beautiful when you turn off the lights. Thanks for sharing. :-)

  2. I would love it if you would share these at Sharing Saturday http://craftymomsshare.blogspot.com/2011/12/sharing-saturday-8.html. Thanks, Lorie!

  3. How Cute! I want to make these with my boys. I wonder if you could use baby food jars and little tea lights. Hmmm....

  4. Oh my goodness these are GREAT! Would you please share this with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays? http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2011/12/fun-stuff-fridays-4-3-weeks-long-for.html


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