Thursday, October 18, 2012

Halloween Jar Luminaries

Happy Friday eve!  Time is flying by - I can't believe Halloween is less than 2 weeks away.  Before we know it, Thanksgiving will be here, quickly followed by Christmas and New Year's!!

The project I have to share tonight is one I discovered on Pinterest.  With no kids, my sweetie and I just don't have the desire to carve pumpkins for Halloween.  At the same time, I love seeing jack-o-lanterns lit up in windows and on front porches when kids are out trick or treating.  So, I just needed to find a way to get the jack-o-lantern look without putting all the work into carving a pumpkin!

Last year, I made paper bag luminaries to set out on the front porch.  You can see that post HERE if you missed it.  A few weeks ago I saw Halloween luminaries made from glass jars on Pinterest.  You can check that project out HERE.

First, I cleaned up a couple of spaghetti sauce jars.  Then I mixed some orange acryllic paint with basic white glue (about half and half) and painted the inside of the jars.  Yes - the inside.  It was a little tricky, but I did a little searching online and people tend to say it looks better if you paint the inside of the jars.  I cut out a couple of Cricut images in black vinyl and used transfer tape to put them on the jars then added some Halloween ribbon to the top to finish them off.  Add tealights and we're done!

And with the lights turned out:

We'll be keeping these luminaries inside - I'm worried they'll get knocked over and then we'll have broken glass on our front porch.  So these will likely sit in the front windows and the paper luminaries will probably make their appearance on the front steps again.

I'm going to submit this project into this week's challenge over at Die Cuttin Divas.  The challenge this week is to use a pumpkin.  I used a pumpkin in an effort to replace a pumpkin!!  :)

Glass jars
Black vinyl
Pumpkin from October 31st cut at 3 inches
Face from Pumpkin Carvings cut at 3 inches
Ribbon from my stash


  1. Oh wow these turned out terrific!!! I really like the images you used and the ribbon at the top. The paining really looks great!!

  2. They look awesome!!! I like that ribbon !!!TFS
    Thanks for joining us at DCD this week!