These fun mason jar lanterns are perfect for anyone in the market for a new Halloween decoration. Though they’re easy to make and inexpensive to create, they’ll still rival any trendy decoration you’ll find at your nearest home décor store. Display them on your mantle this season or cluster a few together on a table for a spooky centerpiece at your upcoming Halloween party. Happy haunting!
Mason Jar Jack-o-lanterns
What you’ll need:
- Smooth-sided mason jars
- Black spray paint
- Scotch tape
- Tissue paper – orange, green, white, purple
- Mod Podge
- Black paper
- Battery-operated tea-light candles
Paint the lid. Twist off the mason jar lid and turn it upside down. Use scotch tape to secure the top of the lid to the inside of the ring. Flip the lid over and place it on a piece of cardboard; the tape keeps he top circular part of the lid from slipping down,which prevents the lid getting stuck to the cardboard when painted. With smooth strokes, spray black gloss spray paint over the lid, making sure to coat the sides as well as the top. Apply several thin coats, allowing ample drying time between coats.
Cut the tissue paper. Turn the mason jar on its’ side and lay it on top of an unfolded piece of tissue paper. Cut one whole piece of paper so that it measures the same height of the mason jar using sharp scissors, then cut the tissue paper into 1-2 inch strips. Next, set the mason jar upright on top of an uncut piece of tissue paper and use a pencil to trace the bottom of the jar. Cut out the circle shape following the pencil line.
Paste the paper. Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge on the bottom of the jar before applying the circular piece of paper. Smooth the paper working from the center outward until it is sufficiently attached to the glass. Brush a section Mod Podge on the side of the jar that is about the same width as the tissue paper strips. Lay one strip of paper on the glue smoothing out any bubbles or folds as you work. Use light pressure when working with the tissue paper to keep it from tearing. The paper should extend from at least the bottom thread on the top of the jar to the piece of circular paper attached to the bottom. Overlap all other pieces of tissue paper on the jar by covering a small portion of the previously attached paper in Mod Podge. Allow the paper to dry completely.
Make the faces. Use scissors to cut shapes out of black paper for a jack-o-lantern, ghost, vampire, or Frankenstein face. Not feeling that creative? I used these as a guideline. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the back of the face pieces and press them on the mason jar.
Watch them glow. Pop in your battery-operated tea-light candle and twist on the lid. Don’t worry if the light doesn’t sit upright in the jar, it will still provide a nice, candle-like glow.
Mary Evett is best known for being a stay-at-home mom of 3 athletic boys and turning thrift shop finds into fashionable DIY projects. She has a degree in advertising from the University of Texas at Austin and spent time in the real world working in advertising and marketing, but she found her niche after becoming a mom and refinishing her first piece of furniture. She writes about her testosterone-driven life on her personal blog JustMomMatters, and is a regular contributor to ModernMom, the Bump, eHow, Examiner, GlobalPost, and SFGate. When she’s not playing the referee or writing, you’ll find her in her garage sanding, painting, cutting, or gluing something together.