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3 simple DIY crafts for halloween

DIY Fall Lantern Craft

DIY lanterns are a fun activity for your kids to help create atmosphere and ambiance for your home or backyard.

Are your Halloween decorations missing something crucial? Maybe your yard just needs a little extra mood-lighting. Hanging lanterns can add an extra layer of mystique to any spooky setup, making your home feel a little more like a creaky old mansion or a battered graveyard. The best part? It’s a fun DIY that you can do after you carve pumpkins or make candy apples! And just in case you’re not looking for a Halloween vibe, we also included a DIY lantern jar tutorial that will suit your setup year-round.

DIY lanterns are a fun activity for your kids to help create atmosphere and ambiance for your home or backyard. Jar Store’s large selection of sizes and shapes is a great starting point. We recommend the 15 oz Libbey Apothecary Jar or 8 oz Jar Store Economy Jelly Jar. Need to keep the kids occupied for a little longer? Go for our large 31 oz Libbey Apothecary or Cylinder Jar for a statement piece for the front door!

DIY jars

Supplies Needed:

  • Glass jars of various sizes
  • Acrylic paint 
  • Frosted glass spray paint
  • Vinyl cut with Halloween shapes
  • Sponge Brush
  • A tea light or votive-size candle, electric or traditional (never leave an open flame unattended)

This easy DIY is sure to spruce up any jar and get you in the Halloween spirit. 

  1. Cut various Halloween shapes into vinyl or buy Halloween shaped stickers
  2. Place vinyl on jars. You can have a “peek a boo” effect or frost the entire glass
  3. Add spray paint and allow to dry
  4. If adding a peek a boo effect, paint the other side with fun Halloween colors
  5. Let dry and enjoy your 

Leaf Lanterns

Supplies Needed:

  • A glass jar
  • Decoupage, such as Mod Podge
  • Fabric leaves or real leaves
  • Rubbing alcohol 
  • Sponge Brush
  • A tea light or votive-size candle, electric or traditional (never leave an open flame unattended)

By covering the surface of the jar in these fabric leaves, you’ll create an interesting and natural-looking piece of art! The light from the candle inside will shine through the fabric leaves, and make for a beautiful light source that won’t distract too much from your yard or entryway.

  1. Cut leaves off plastic stems and remove any rubber or wire from the leaf itself.
  2. Wipe down your jar with rubbing alcohol to clean the surface, (this will make the leaf stick to the jar much more easily!)
  3. Swipe a thin layer of decoupage around the jar and let it become tacky.
  4. Once tacky, press your leaf onto the jar and layer more decoupage on top, ensure the edges are glued down. You might need to use your fingers!
  5. Repeat step 4, overlaying part of the next leaf on top of the first.
  6. When you are finished, add another layer of decoupage on top and let it dry completely before use.
jack o lantern diy jars

Spooky Halloween Lanterns

Supplies Needed:

  • A glass jar
  • Decoupage, such as Mod Podge
  • Tissue paper in desired colors, cut into small squares
  • Black tissue paper cut for eyes and mouth, or black permanent marker
  • Rubbing alcohol 
  • Sponge Brush
  • A tea light or votive-size candle, electric or traditional (never leave an open flame unattended)
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To make you a traditional Jack-O-Lantern cover your jar in orange tissue paper. Add black tissue paper cut into squares, circles, and triangles to make a scary face!

Make each jar a different Halloween color, such as green/orange/purple/white. 

  1. Cover your jar in a thin layer of decoupage and let it become tacky.
  2. Layer your tissue paper around the jar. Depending on your desired look, you may use 1-2 layers of tissue paper.
  3. Once finished, layer more decoupage around the jar, on top of your tissue paper,  and let it dry completely.
  4. Once completely dry, add any other accessories to complete your lantern.

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