Easy DIY Halloween Mason Jar Lanterns Project

by Jenn

Can you believe it’s already almost Halloween?  Since Halloween is almost here I thought I would share this fun and easy DIY Halloween Mason Jar Lanterns project.   You can get your last minute decoration up and have a little fun doing so without spending too much money.  Plus, it was fun to do with the kids.  I didn’t allow them to spray paint, but they did decide on the Mason Jar designs, glow stick colors, and of course, the treat afterward.

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Easy DIY Halloween Mason Jar Lanterns Project

I love mason jars because you can do so much with them.  I’m always doing something with them, whether it’s a fun gift idea or an awesome DIY Halloween decoration mason jars always seem to save the day.  Plus, you can make them glow without stressing the lights or even seeing an increase in your electric bill because you can use battery powered lights or even better glow sticks, so they glow different colors.

Easy DIY Candy Corn Halloween Mason Jars Lantern CraftsYou’ll need the following items to complete the DIY Halloween Mason Jar Lanterns Project:

  • Mason Jars
  • Spray paint – I used white, orange, yellow, green, and black, but you can have fun and use any colors you like.
  • Clear gloss spray paint
  • Sharpie
  • Glow sticks

Easy DIY Halloween Mason Jar Lanterns ProjectLet’s have fun and start on this DIY Halloween Mason Jar Lanterns Project:

  • Spray each of the jars with the color of spray paint you want them.  You only need to spray one light coat, just enough to cover the jars.  I used white for the ghost, yellow, orange and white for the candy corn Mason Jar, green for the monster, and had a little fun and made one black with orange polka dots.

Easy DIY Halloween Mason Jar Lanterns Project

  • Allow to dry before adding any more spray paint or using the sharpie.  They need to be dry before even attempting to use the sharpie.  You’ll know they are dry when they are not at all sticky.

Easy DIY Halloween Mason Jar Lanterns Project

  • If you need to spray anything for a second time do it now, before using the sharpie or if you’re planning on doing something similar to the polka dot Mason Jar apply the spray paint now.

How to make Easy DIY Halloween Mason Jar Lanterns Project

  • Using your sharpie draw whatever you’d like on your jars – ghost face, pumpkin face, witch, bats, and spooky houses, whatever you want!  Have fun with it!

How to make Easy DIY White Ghost Halloween Mason Jar Lanterns Project

  • Allow to dry completely, do not touch any of the sharpie drawings.  Just let everything sit for about an hour or until dry.

How to make Easy DIY White Ghost Halloween Mason Jar Lanterns Project Crafts

  • Apply a coat of the clear gloss spray paint to seal everything in and allow to dry.  If needed you can apply a second layer.  I like to apply a second coat just to make sure everything is sealed in there good.  If you apply a second coat allow to dry.

How to make Easy DIY Halloween Mason Jar Lanterns Project Crafts

  • When you’re ready to light them up, break glow sticks and place them inside the jars.

How to make Easy DIY Glowing Pumpkin Halloween Mason Jar Lanterns Project Crafts

Pumpkin DIY Halloween Mason Jar Lantern

The more glow sticks you use, the more they will glow.  I used two glow sticks in each Mason Jar Lantern and made sure they were the same color so I could control what color everything was when it was glowing.

Easy DIY Candy Corn Halloween Mason Jars Lantern CraftsThe pumpkin, ghosts and candy corn mason jars were by far my favorite, especially after I added the glow sticks.  The pumpkin was a lovely orange; ghosts were blue and yellow, and the above image is the candy corn with a yellow glow stick.  I love the way it looks and believe it or not, they’re brighter with the glow sticks than they were with the little lights.

Candy Corn Mason Jar Halloween Lantern

Candy Corn Mason Jar Halloween Lantern

The Candy Corn Mason Jar Lantern needs three different coats.

Candy Corn Mason Jar Halloween Lantern

  • Using the white spray paint, lightly spray the Mason Jar almost to the middle.

Candy Corn Mason Jar Halloween Lantern

  • Allow to dry for about 30 minutes, spray with orange leaving room at the top for the yellow.

Candy Corn Mason Jar Halloween Lantern

  • Allows to dry for about 30 minutes and spray the rest of the jar with yellow.

You’re all finished with the DIY Halloween Mason Jar Lanterns Project!

While making the Halloween Mason Jars was a blast, the kids and I worked up a little appetite and what’s better than an easy Halloween snack after a fun day of making Halloween decorations?  Let me tell you, there’s not a whole lot.

 

snack pack halloweenSince we’d been working hard on Halloween decorations, we decided to have a little fun with a few fun and oh so yummy snacks!

 

TEDDY GRAHAMS

So what do you think of this easy DIY Halloween project?  What are you doing this Halloween to have a little extra fun with the kids?

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Jennifer Benavidez March 30, 2016 - 4:18 am

These lanterns are very nice. Besides looking great, they can also double as pathway lights. I was also thinking that you could do pastel jars for Easter and put on a bunny face, lamb or chick. You could do red, white and pink for Valentine’s Day, shamrocks for St. Patty’s day, Red, white and blue for Memorial day, Independence Day,Labor Day and Veterans Day. So many possibilities! I’ve noticed that Dollar Tree has the glow sticks all the time, so that would really help with these ideas. Thanks so much for sharing!

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Mommy Perfect October 25, 2015 - 12:18 pm

I love these! What a good idea!

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lisa October 22, 2015 - 9:30 am

Those are cute. I love the monster and the way the glow sticks light them up.

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Maria Montero October 21, 2015 - 11:19 pm

Such a cute idea, i am in love with the candy corn mason jar :)

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Shannon October 21, 2015 - 3:50 pm

What a fun craft! Thank you for sharing these with us.

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Linda Manns Linneman October 21, 2015 - 8:33 am

These are so cute. What a great project to do with my grandchildren. Thank you so much for sharing this

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