Monday, October 17, 2011

Mason Jar Pumpkin Candles

Use a few old Mason jars to make some cute glowing jack-o-lanterns that you can use year after year. This is great project to do with the kids. They love to make funny and spooky faces on their jars. Plus they make awesome decorations on a table or in a window.
Approximate Time: 1 hour


  • Mason or recycled glass jars
  • scissors
  • orange tissue paper
  • black construction paper
  • paint brush
  • Elmer's glue
  • small plastic cup or dish
  • X-acto Knife (optional)
Supplies for Jack-O-Lanterns


Cut the tissue paper into 1 inch strips. A little wider or thinner doesn't matter. We cut the tissue paper while it was folded. So the longs strips could each be cut down in thirds.
Cutting Strips of Orange Tissue Paper
Pour a little glue in your container and add some water into it. I did about a tablespoon of glue with a half cup of water and it was more then enough for this project.
Pouring Glue in Blue Cup
Mix the glue and water with the brush.
Using Paint Brush to Mix Glue and Water
Then, one at a time, lay the strips of orange tissue paper on the outside of the Mason jar and stick them down vertically with glue wash. Overlapping them a little will give your finished jar a more pumpkin like look.
Putting Orange Tissue Paper on Mason Jar
Turn the Mason jar upside down to dry. I used a mat with a couple paper towels on top to make sure no glue got on my table.
Upside Down Mason Jar With Orange Paper
Use the scissors or X-acto knife to cut out Jack-o-lantern faces or other Halloween designs.
Cut Out Black Paper in Jack-O-Lantern Face
Stick the faces to the side of the orange Mason jars how ever you like. I used my extra glue mixture but a little dab of glue on the back of each piece of paper would stick them down just as well.
We put LED tea lights in ours so we can set them on our window sill and there is no fire hazard near the curtains. Votive candles would work very well in these also.
Jack-O-Lanterns Glowing at Night

Thanks to our friends at for this great idea!


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