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 from Family Fun.

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 flameless 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.

Don't forget to stop over at Ready. Set. Read!  Yesterday Jackie shared a cute button wreath made by her boys.  Drew and I did a modified version of her Christmas tree puzzle using cut up pipe cleaners and he loved it!

Finally, on a completely unrelated note, I just started a Stumbleupon account.  I desperately need a copy of Stumbleupon for Dummies.  Any tips/help/advice for me? 



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6 comments:

  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. :-)

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  2. What a great idea!! I love it.

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

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

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  5. 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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