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Rainbow Luminaries

Updated: Jul 16, 2020

These pretty candle holders are so colorful and fun to make! They earned two thumbs up from my kids. This project really exceeded my expectations, and I hope you enjoy making them as much as we did! (Now to find a place to put them! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ)


๐Ÿ”ฒ 1 jar per child (we had various size pickle jars that I had been saving for awhile. One was huge but they worked out great. Yours do NOT need to be that big! Baby food jars work just as well!) ๐Ÿ”ฒ paint in various colors (we used Crayola washable paint in classic colors and glitter classic colors)


๐Ÿ”ฒ spray sealant

To Make:

Make sure your jar is clean and that the label has been completely removed. (You can soak the jar in warm water for a few minutes and the label will peel right off.)

Invert the jar and place on a protective surface. We used paper plates, but cardboard, newspapers etc will work, too.

Begin pouring a little paint along the edges of the jar and allowing it to run down the sides.

Continue doing this around the edge of the jar with whatever colors you choose.

Try to stay near the edge because if you pour the paint in the middle it will begin to pool up there and takes much longer to dry. If you do get a pool, you can use your fingers to swipe the paint over the sides.

Allow the jars to dry completely. We let ours sit overnight to ensure they were fully dry. You can also use a hair dryer to accelerate drying time.

Once the paint is fully hardened, spray one or two coats of varnish over the jar to seal the paint and give it a layer of protection.

Place a candle or tealight inside the jar and your rainbow luminary is ready!


Where did you put your luminary? Let us know by sharing photos/videos! โ˜€๏ธ

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