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Summer votive craft {A-Z Play at Home}

easy Summer votive craft for kids

One thing the children love to do is raid the recycling box for crafting materials. Yoghurt pots seem to be a favourite but all kinds of cardboard tubes, egg boxes, cereal boxes and jam jars go in – waiting to be given a new lease of life. With Father’s Day coming up this month the children wanted to make something special for their Dad, so raided the recycling box for ’empties’ – jam jars which they turned into summer votives.

Summer votive craft for kids

We used
baking parchment
colouring pens
empty jam jars
sticky tape
LED tealights

Summer votive craft

I roughly cut the baking parchment to fit around each glass jar then let the children colour in their own scene.

Summer votive craft

They both had their own ideas of what they wanted and it was lovely to hear them talk about what they were creating. The pens we used didn’t stick to the baking parchment very well so next time I would experiment with different pens.

Once they had finished their drawings we trimmed them to fit around the jar and stuck them in place with glue dots.

Summer votive craft

To finish them off we placed an LED tea-light inside. These will look great when we’re enjoying the garden on a summer evening and make a super sweet handmade gift for Father’s Day too.

Today I’m taking part in the A-Z Play at Home blog hop organised by Teach Me Mommy. See what others have been inspired to make from the letter E:

Humpty Dumpty Egg Splat from Adventures and Play

Egg Roll Challenge from Teach Me Mommy

Playful Ways to Explore Big Preschool Emotions from Bambini Travel


Linking up with Craft Schooling Sunday


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    Egg Roll Challenge - Teach Me Mommy
    June 2, 2017 at 9:00 am

    […] Egg Splat Painting Explore Emotions Easy Votives with Empties […]

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    Lauretta Wright
    June 2, 2017 at 9:30 am

    What a fab craft project – I know my little one would be all over doing this so thanks for the inspiration!

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    June 2, 2017 at 11:02 am

    I love. That, it looks like something you could buy in an expensive card shop.

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    June 2, 2017 at 11:10 am

    I absolutely love this, so clever and such a lovely project x

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    Mummy Times Two
    June 2, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    I love the idea of this, they would look lovely scattered around our garden. I think I now know how we’ll be spending our weekend..

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    June 3, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Book marking. My son would love to do this and make one for Fathers Day!

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    June 3, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Aww this is cute 🙂 My nanny charges would enjoy this

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    June 3, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    A great crafty idea. Lovely for involvement with children of all ages. Got me inspired now, I have some of those glue dots (meant to be for attaching a space poster, but that failed horribly), so found a better use for them.

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    June 6, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Aww this is a lovely idea for a summer craft, it turned out adorable!

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