When I came across these glass jars at Hobby Lobby last week I put them in my cart without even knowing what I would be doing with them. Their shape was just too cute. Turns out, the make pretty cute pumpkin jars!
- Glass jars any size or shape, mason jars would be cute, too!
- Bright Orange Enamel paint
- Chalkboard paint
- Foam brush for the enamel paint, nylon paint brush for the chalkboard paint
- Sharpie if you want to turn your pumpkin into a Jack 'O Lantern
- Ribbon and Free printable tag (available below)
Use a foam brush to apply a light to medium coat of the enamel paint on the glass jars, let dry. It is best to paint all in one direction (from top to bottom in my case) when using enamel paints, don't go back over your strokes if possible. Then, use a regular nylon brush to apply a coat of chalkboard paint to the lid. Let the first coat dry about 30 minutes (if that) and apply a second coat in the other direction. For good measure I put a 3rd coat on about 20 minutes after the 2nd. I didn't bother to "season" my lid before writing on it, nor did I wait 24 hours. Ain't nobody got time for that. Print out the tags, cut them to size (2x3) and attach t jar with ribbon.
If you want to turn your jar into a Jack 'O Lantern, simply draw a face onto your jar with a black sharpie marker once it has dried.
You can fill the jar with treats, pennies, tokens, tickets, or whatever else your kids might think is fun and take one everyday as you count down the days til Halloween. It would be fun to fill the jar with slips of papers that had different fun Fall activities written on them (carve pumpkin, roll in the leaves) and each day you could pick one to do!!
I love sharpening my chalk with a large pencil sharpener. It makes it 100 times easier to write with - it's life changing!
Before you know it it'll be time to start knocking on doors for real asking "Trick or Treat" instead of telling knock knock jokes about oranges.