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Happy Fall everyone! Tis the pumpkin (or jack-o-lantern) season. While the weather here hasn’t been too fall like until today (Thank you Hurricane Matthew!), Our fall pumpkin patch is already planted and growing, but not nearly ready for harvest. Even though the weather is still a bit warm, I can’t help jumping into fall as soon as the Pumpkin Spice Latte is unveiled. (And speaking of pumpkin spice, you should totally check out these pumpkin spice oatmeal cream pies!)
Not only do I enjoy PSL and fall gardening (it’s so much more comfortable to garden in the fall), but I’m a bit of a jar hoarder. I just can’t bear to throw them away. Even though recycling is an option, I always feel like it’s a better use of resources to reuse instead of recycle. I’ll blame that on this article I read about a family that creates virtually no household waste. I feel a small twinge of guilt with every bag I take to the trashcan after having read her article. But even if we don’t have the gumption to go full-on no waste, I can do my best right where I am.
So, how could I put my jar stash to good use this fall? Decorating! Pumpkins! or Jack-O-Lanterns to be exact. This fun project took an afternoon (with a lot of that being drying time), and now I have jars that can be used as teacher gifts (filled with goodies) or votives for decorating the house. Here’s what you’ll need:
Empty Jars (any shape you choose!)
Spray Paint (in orange and green)
Newspaper or Cloth to lay beneath jars
- Be sure jars are cleaned of labels and residual glue. Soaking in warm soapy water usually does the trick, but Goo Gone is great for hard to remove glue.
2. Lay a strip of painters tape out on a table. Use your sharpie to draw eyes (triangles), noses (triangle), and mouths (any shape you choose) for your jack-o-lanterns onto the painter’s tape. Cut out shapes. Press shapes firmly on glass. Be sure to make sure all edges are adhered so paint doesn’t seep in.
3. Place jars on a paper/cloth covered surface and spray with orange paint. (And paint lids with green paint.) Allow time to dry and apply a second coat. (You could also start with a coat of primer for better paint adhesion, but I’m not nearly patient enough to add another step.)
4. As soon as second coat is dry, remove tape. (Waiting too long could make the tape difficult to remove.) Ta-da!
Use as a votive in your decor, or fill jars with candy corn and give as gifts to teachers, friends, and neighbors.
I’d love to know how you decorate for fall! And how do you use jars that you have laying around the house? Happy Fall!