DIY Day of the Dead Mason Jar Lanterns

by Jenn

The girls and I had so much fun with this DIY Day of the Dead Mason Jar Lanterns project!  Things like this really put me in the mood for Día de los Muertos which I desperately needed because I was not prepared for anything but now I’m on board and ready!

Like always, time totally got away from us and before I knew it bedtime was right around the corner and nobody had eaten dinner yet, lol.  See what happens when the kids and I get started on a fun holiday project?  Oh, they love it because they know I’m going to let them pick what they want for dinner because I don’t have time to cook, and without a doubt, they will both choose their favorite cereal.

DIY Day of the Dead Mason Jar LanternsI can’t blame them for wanting cereal for dinner, I honestly still look forward to having cereal for dinner from time to time.  My mom did the same thing with us when we were little, my siblings and I loved it!

I love Day of the Dead, it’s by far one of my favorite holidays and has been as long as I can remember.  Of course, now that I’m older there are additional (more grown up) reasons I look forward to the Day of the Dead, but the fun colors are still one of my favorites.

DIY Day of the Dead Mason Jar LanternsThis year I wanted to step things up with my decorating, so the kids and I made some DIY Day of the Dead Mason Jar Landers to decorate the house and put outside on the porch.

It’s projects like this that get me into the holiday spirit.  I wasn’t ready for Halloween or Día de los Muertos, but after our DIY Day of the Dead Mason Jar Lanterns, I’m so excited for a holiday to start rolling in one right after the other.  Halloween and Day of the Dead are my favorites and have been since I was a child.  Since I want my kids to stay in touch with both cultures they get to experience Halloween and learn about Día de los Muertos, what it means and the reason we observe.  It truly is a beautiful holiday.

DIY Day of the Dead Mason Jar LanternsI must admit, they turned out neat.  I love how they look when they glow at night.  However, they still make pretty awesome decoration during the day too.  If you use the right lights you’ll even notice that you can make different colors for different events.  You could also make one for each of your children and use their favorite color lights so they can keep it in their room to make things a little extra festive.

DIY Day of the Dead Mason Jar LanternsDIY Day of the Dead Mason Jar Lanterns

You’ll need the following items to complete the DIY Day of the Dead Mason Jar Landers

  • Mason Jars
  • Spray Paint (colors of your choice)
  • Stencils (I used skulls, but you could whatever you want.  Oh, and maybe even use a heavy duty black sharpie and draw on your designs.)
  • Lights (I used the LED Starry Fairy Lights and got a few different colors to see how things worked out and I can tell you I will use this lights again with my projects.  They work great, are bright, affordable, and help make things festive and fun with the bright colors.)

DIY Day of the Dead Mason Jar LanternsOkay, let’s get busy on this DIY Día de los Muertos project

  • First spray paints the insides of each jar whatever color you like.  I went with purple, orange, white, and a few other fun colors.  I didn’t get to pink yet, but I will be doing pink too.  It’s also another reason I love Day of the Dead you are not restricted to any certain colors.

DIY Day of the Dead Mason Jar Lanterns

  • Allow the insides of the jars to dry for about 30 minutes.  Be sure and do this outside, so you don’t get spray paint and fumes all over your home.  Plus, they dry much faster outside.

DIY Day of the Dead Mason Jar Lanterns

  • Next, grab your stencil and tape it in place on the front of your Mason Jar.

DIY Day of the Dead Mason Jar Lanterns

  • Now spray paint one light coat of black spray paint.  Allow to dry and add another light layer.  You want to avoid any dripping at this point so you maybe must do three coats or more depending on how dark you want your design to look.  Just remember slow wins the race and wastes fewer supplies lol.

DIY Day of the Dead Mason Jar Lanterns

  • Once everything is dry grab your lights, place them inside the Mason Jars and put the lid on the jar.  Sorry about my messy hands, I didn’t use gloves when I painted the jar.  There is a tip for you if you have something to do wear gloves lol!

DIY Day of the Dead Mason Jar LanternsI love that the jars are one color during the day and change colors depend on which color light I put in them at night.  Plus, they glow great.

DIY Day of the Dead Mason Jar LanternsWhen it gets dark turn on the lights inside your Mason Jar lanterns and enjoy the beautiful bright colors with the kids.

Once we realized what time it was I asked the girls what they wanted to do for dinner. They both grinned because they were just waiting for me to say something so they could grab their favorite cereal out of the pantry, lol. Vayda immediately went Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Mattie grabbed the Cocoa Puffs.   I let the kids pick what they want for dinner and just like I did when I was little they want cereal!

DIY Day of the Dead Mason Jar LanternsI love watching my girls eat cereal when they are not rushed because they have to get to school in the mornings.  Just look at them both, looking at the cereal boxes while they are eating.  Don’t you know cereal boxes are like a kids newspaper and it’s something that hasn’t changed much since I was a kid?  They both have their box of cereal and are checking out all the awesomeness on the back.  There wasn’t anyone talking; it reminds me of two adults having coffee reading the paper lol.

DIY Day of the Dead Mason Jar Lanterns

What fun projects do you have planned for the upcoming holiday?

 

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christymarie823 February 27, 2017 - 4:47 am

Those are really cool Mason jars. Thanks for posting!

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Patrick Johnson February 8, 2017 - 7:56 am

I was having trouble figuring out how to spend the day with my kids and came across your blog. We had so much fun together making the lanterns I wanted to come here and thank you.

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Terry Poage January 9, 2017 - 7:49 pm

These are such a good idea. I love the skulls and the fairy lights.

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Kelly O January 8, 2017 - 3:42 pm

This is such a cute idea. I love the Day of the Dead stuff, but really could do so many different things with this. I will be trying this out. Thanks for the idea.

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Jenn January 9, 2017 - 12:43 pm

awesome do let me know how it goes…

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Stephanie January 6, 2017 - 1:06 pm

I love these jars.

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molli taylor December 15, 2016 - 9:51 am

missed this this year, but what a great idea!

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Marguerite Core October 29, 2016 - 10:58 pm

These are so cool and not that hard to make at all!

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