Mini’s favorite artist at the moment is Piet Mondrian and these Mondrian inspired jar luminaries were influenced by a recent visit to The Gemeente Museum when visiting Holland.
I love talking about art and famous Artists with the boys and The Gemeente Museum had an amazing space in the basement where we all learned more about Piet Mondrian and his art. Did you know that he didn’t use a rule for his lines? I wanted to make this project as simple as possible and to use materials that we already had, so opted against glass paint, instead using sharpies and 3mm gridding tape that we used with our foil faux stained glass art to make our Mondrian stained glass jar luminaries.
Mondrian Inspired Jar Luminaries
I love jar lanterns and they are such a great way to reuse old glass jars and turn them into something beautiful. We tend to use battery operated LED tea lights making them safe to use around pets and young children.
- Various glass Jars
- 3mm Gridding Tape (UK aff link/US affiliate link)
- Sharpies – Black, Yellow, Blue and Red
How to make Mondrian Inspired Jar Luminaries
The gridding tape is great for this project. it makes it so much easier for kids to mark out their straight lines and patterns on the jars.
Instead of cutting the tape and then sticking it on the jar, Mini found it easier to cut it once he had it on the jar.
Once he had marked out his lines, he then decided which colours to use where.
We stuck to the same colours Mondrian used, apart from white, so red, yellow, blue and black. He decided to leave the areas which would be white clear.
He used a fine sharpie, which worked really well and created a see-through colour.
They look fantastic during the day.
However, when you pop a tea light in them, they look fantastic.
Lovely craft for all ages.
Great job and perfect for adding some warm light
My oldest did a project on this artist at school. He loved the bold block colours. Going to show him these tonight xx
Love the patterns on these jars – it is great to teach children about Artists and the different style – the sharpies looks brilliant.x
Ooh I have never seen gridding tape before, that looks really fab. I love the effect of these jars and so great to tie it in with a painter too.
What a great activity that ties in learning about famous artists too. Plus the end product is really pretty and useful.
I love these, I keep all my jars and we often use them to make luminaries, I don’t think we’ve been as artistic as this though!
Oh these look like something the girls would love to make! Will have to try it soon.
They look fantastic! I have been surprised since my younger son went to grammar school at how much he enjoys art, how good he is at it and how interested he is in artists. I think he would really enjoy making these and would like the fact that they are based on a real artist’s work.
So effective Jen, you do come up with some great ideas without making them too complicated. I may have to try this one with our guests, that’s a few jars to save!
I really, really love these and I need to get some of that gridding tape so we can make some. Mich x
Oh what a great idea! Lovely to have them lit for dinner time this time of the year too!
These are so pretty! Love them, I have a few jars so I might get the kids doing these this weekend x
We make jazzy jars for the christmas fair and I never know what to do…….now I do
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