I can not be more pleased with the outcome behind this simple Memorial Day luminary. Not only is it upcycled but I was able to use a crackle product by Valspar that I had been excited to try!. Grab yourself an old jar and a candle and come make one of these beautiful luminaries for yourself or in remembrance of one of the brave men and women that gave their all serving our beautiful country.
Supplies for the Memorial Day Luminary
- Old mid sized jar…I’m using a pickle jar from my craft stash
- Chalk Paint by Waverly, I am using plaster and ink
- Valspar Crackle Varnish
- Patriotic Napkins
- Hot Glue
- Ribbon and embellishments of choice
I began this Memorial Day Luminary by chalk painting an old pickle jar, any mason jar will do. I used the color Ink by Waverly.
Next comes the magic of the crackle glaze! The key is to apply it between coats of paint, Once your first layer of paint is dry, apply a thin coat of crackle and apply your second coat immediately after.
As your second coat of paint begins to dry, the crackle texture will begin to appear! My plan was for the candle light to shine through the cracked areas…ps I was sooo tickled to see the cracks appear. Deep down I knew my plan was going to work! Just wait til you see it.
For a little extra added touch to this Memorial Day luminary, I used patriotic napkins from a super fun napkin club by Miss Tracy Creates and mod podged them around the center of the jar.
For this particular jar I cut on napkin in half to be able to reach around the outside of the jar.
I embellished the luminary with ribbon, raffia and a wood bead! This is the part where you can really let your creativity shine! Of course you can always skip these steps for a minimal look.
For little extra added touch, grab some copper jewelry wire and wrap around the mouth of the jar as a handle.
Look at those beautiful cracks in the paint! This is exactly what I had in mid for this Memorial Day Luminary. Simply place a small votive candle in the bottom of your jar and viola!