I was driving along the other day, and this memory of a scene from the Disney version of Alice in Wonderland popped into my mind.  Alice is lost in the Tulgey Woods and sees these spooky eyes in the woods.  (If you are really curious about the image, a quick Google image search for Tulgey Woods, should yield the image that I am referring to.)  Then I started thinking about all of the times, this image appeared in animated movies for situations where people are lost and scared– Brightly colored eyes reflecting back from the woods.  I decided to see if I could recreate this look with Halloween luminaries. I know traditionally that luminaries are paper, and I love the look of paper luminaries.  For this project, I used jars and glow sticks, so we could reuse the luminaries, and given the busyness of the Little Monkey’s chubby little hands these days, I wanted to reduce fire risk.

My Mom Made That: Spooky Eyed Halloween Luminaries

First, I found a pair of old Ball jars at the local high school’s large yard sale.  Since they were missing tops, I thought it would be good for this project, and I couldn’t beat the price– 25 cents!  I scrubbed the thoroughly to remove the dust, and then set them aside to dry.

My Mom Made That: Spooky Eyes Luminaries

Next, I started by finding some wonderful eye choices from the jack-o-latern collections at the Silhouette America Online Store, there are really some great choices on there site. I filled up my cutting areas with as many different types of eyes in different shapes and sizes that I could find.

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There were a lot of options, and I spent a lot of time getting them all cut out and put on transfer tape.  Luckily I find peeling the unwanted vinyl from around my newly cut pattern to be very soothing.  I ended up with about two dozen sets of “eyes” to place on my jars.

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Next comes the fun part.  I just randomly stuck the eyes all over the jars.  I tried to make sure that the styles looked pleasing together.  You may want to use a Scraper tool on the eyes to make sure that they are smoothly and firmly attached to your jar.  You’ll also notice that I taped up the top of the jar with painter’s masking tape.  I did this to keep the paint on the outside of the jar.

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Then you head outside to spray paint the jars with black paint.   I used a can of Rust-Oleum that we had for another project.  It was a textured paint, so it left an unusual pattern on the jars.  I tried to get a light smooth coverage.  It doesn’t have to be extremely heavy.  In fact, I think the sheerer coverage makes the step of removing the vinyl easier.

Once the paint has dried, you can remove the vinyl very carefully!  I found that the paint will easily chip, which is fine for a spooky effect, but you still want to make sure that the shapes look like eyes.  I used a boring tool to trace around the vinyl and then carefully peel the vinyl away.  Now here’s the final step, thanks to Mellow Man, when we first tested out the effect, the light was too dispersed, and the details of the eyes weren’t noticiable enough.  He suggested that a piece of wax paper inside the jar would diffuse the light and soften it.  We tested out several styles, and found that a rolled up piece of was paper that went the length of the jar just slightly under the neck of the jar worked best.

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Given the presence of wax paper, be sure NOT TO USE A CANDLE!  That’s a huge fire hazard.  They turned out quite eerie with the glow sticks, and I hope they will remind my trick-or-treaters of those scenes in woods where spooky eyes peer out at them!

My Mom made That: Spooky Eyes Halloween Luminaries

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