In the run up to Halloween- the main event during half-term, I’ve been pinning dozens of Pumpkin-related ideas over on Pinterest. I have always been taken with all the pumkpin-styled glass votives that are around, but was a bit nervous about using them with a) a good handful of pre-schoolers and b) a live flame, especially after the terrible injuries that Claudia Winkelman’s daughter last Halloween.
So, I created the child-friendly Pumpkin nightlight. And here’s how to make one!
- plastic containers (I used lidded storage jars, as I do plan on reusing them, but you could use bottles and yogurt pots from the recycling.)
- Orange tissue paper
- PVA glue, watered down (I used 2/3rd glue and 1/3rd water)
- Permanent marker pen- Sharpie or similar.
- Battery operated tealights. Glowsticks would work well too.
1. Make sure your plastic vessel is clean and grease free. Rip the tissue paper into strips a little longer than the height of your container.
2. Cover the outside of your container in a thin layer of glue.
3. Stick the tissue paper to the gluey outside of your pot, covering all the gaps.
4. Leave to dry.
5. Trim off excess tissue paper from around the top and bottom of your pot.
6. Cover the dried tissue paper in a couple more coats of glue to seal it thoroughly.
7. Using your marker pen, draw on a Jack-o-Lantern face. As an alternative, you could cut out the face shapes from a piece of black paper and glue them in place, then give a further two coats of glue to seal.
8. Place fake tealight inside, and enjoy your glowy Jack-o-Lantern safe in the knowledge that no-one will burn down the curtains if you leave the room to go to the loo.