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Decoupage Jack-o'-Lantern Halloween Craft Art Lesson for Early Elementary

Updated on June 20, 2019
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Decoupage Jack-o'-Lantern Halloween Craft Art Lesson for Early Elementary
Decoupage Jack-o'-Lantern Halloween Craft Art Lesson for Early Elementary

This is the 9th lesson in a series of 26 hands-on art lessons for Kindergarten, 1st, & 2nd grade. This lesson provides a fun craft for Halloween. I used this plan while teaching a weekly 45 minute art class for children in Kindergarten, 1st, & 2nd grades. Each lesson includes a variety of art techniques to make each lesson engaging & memorable. Use these fun lessons with your classroom, homeschool, after-school program, or co-op!

Materials needs for the activity
Materials needs for the activity

1. Briefly mention that today we're going to be using a technique called decoupage, which is a type of art in which you decorate an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it. Since it's almost Halloween, we'll be making decoupage jack-o'-lanterns jars.

2. To each student pass out a jar filled with 3 strips of orange tissue paper and a small strip of black construction paper. Give each child a small container, such as a small bowl. Each student should stack their 3 strips of tissue paper and cut them into approximately 1x1 inch squares. It doesn't matter if they're even or if they are the same size. They can put their squares into the bowl.

You will need per child:

  • a glass jar (such as a cleaned spaghetti sauce jar)
  • 3 strips of tissue paper (orange, though yellow can also be added)
  • scissors
  • a small plastic container such as a bowl

3. As students cut their strips, pass out small plates of homemade Mod Podge (made from about equal parts of water and liquid Elmer's-type glue). Tell the children to paint the entire outside of their jar with Mod Podge.

You will need per child:

  • a small plate or bowl
  • homemade Mod Podge (equal parts of water & liquid Elmer's-type glue)
  • large paintbrush

4. After they have painted half or all of they jar, have them place their cut tissue paper pieces over the outside of the jar. They need to hide the jar and make sure we can't see any part of the jar. It's okay if the tissue paper overlaps.

5. Using the strip of black construction paper to cut out 2 eyes (done by folding a side in half so that both come out the same shape) & a mouth. A nose, eyebrows, etc. could also be added. Paint the back of the construction paper, & place over the tissue paper.

You will need per child:

  • a strip of black construction paper

6. Use the Mod Podge glue to paint over everything again. Get everything wet. You don't want any parts sticking out or they'll easily tear off. Be generous with the Mod Podge. You can't use too much.

7. If a student finishes really early, they can cut out black shapes to make a design of some sort (like a spider) on the back side of the jar. They will need to paint over it after sticking it on.

8. Pass out a tea candle to each student.

9. Take a photo of each child with their masterpiece.

(This craft was inspired by http://loveandmarriageblog.com/halloween-craft/ .)

5. Using the strip of black construction paper to cut out 2 eyes (done by folding a side in half so that both come out the same shape) & a mouth. A nose, eyebrows, etc. could also be added. Paint the back of the construction paper, & place over the tissue paper.

You will need per child:

  • a strip of black construction paper

6. Use the Mod Podge glue to paint over everything again. Get everything wet. You don't want any parts sticking out or they'll easily tear off. Be generous with the Mod Podge. You can't use too much.

7. If a student finishes really early, they can cut out black shapes to make a design of some sort (like a spider) on the back side of the jar. They will need to paint over it after sticking it on.

8. Pass out a tea candle to each student.

You will need per child:

  • a tea candle

9. Take a photo of each child with their masterpiece.

10. If you have extra time, take everyone to a darker place (such as the bathroom) and light the candle in one of the jack-o'-lanterns so the children can see what it looks like illuminated.

(This craft was inspired by http://loveandmarriageblog.com/halloween-craft/ .)

Some of the finished projects
Some of the finished projects

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