Kids Crafts: Jack-O-Lantern & Ghost Jars

Posted by the Mom (aka Kelly Biedny)

We are totally in love with our ghost and jack-0-lantern jars. They are great because it’s kind of like having carved pumpkins without the rotting, so you can have them out early!  We actually made these in August because we were so excited about the idea.  It is really simple and with those flameless tealight candles that you just switch on, they are perfect night lights.  We used canned peach jars, but you really could use any shape jar.

Here’s what you need:

  • A jar, again, we used canned peach jars, but baby food jars, or salsa jars would work too.
  • Black felt with self-adhesive backing
  • A scissors
  • Green, White and Orange acrylic paint
  • Flameless tealights (battery operated) or actual tealight candles

Step One: Paint the Inside of Your Jars
For the Jack-O-Lantern, use orange, and for the Ghost, use white–pour some paint into the jar and with a paint brush, cover all of the inside of the jar.  If it doesn’t cover as nicely as you’d like, let it dry for a bit and add a second coat.

Step Two: Paint the Lid
For the pumpkin, we painted our lid green, like a pumpkin stem. For the ghost, we went with white. We did two coats on each, letting them dry between coats.

Step Three: Cut out Faces
On the back of our adhesive felt, we drew a pattern of each of the face pieces we wanted to add to each jar.  Then, we cut along our pattern line. For the pumpkin, we opted for traditional triangle eyes and nose, and an one toothed mouth.  For the ghost, we stuck to circular, ‘boo-like’ shapes for eyes and mouth.  You can get as creative as you want with these features.

Step Four: Apply face pieces
Once you’ve got your faces ready, remove the adhesive sticker cover and stick them to the  jars.

Step Five: Let ’em Dry
The paint is going to need about 24 hours to dry, so once your at this point, leave your jars and their lids in a place were they can dry overnight.

Step Six: Add some light
If you’re using the flameless tealights, turn one on and drop it into the jar. With the flameless ones you can add the cover back on. If you are using actual tealights, light them and then carefully place them in the jars…you’ll have to keep the lids off to make sure enough oxygen gets in to keep the candle going. We strongly recommend the flameless tealights.

 

That’s all there is to it, super easy, huh?  What’s you’re favorite Halloween craft? Let us know with a comment AND share pics with us at our Ghostly Linky Party! or over at our Facebook Page. We love to see what you all are up to!

Happy Halloween Crafting Everyone!

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. JDaniel4's Mom Says:

    These are really cute! There were so many small motor skills used to make these.

  2. the Mom Says:

    Thanks! We had a great time making them and We love having them on in the evening with their smiling and glowing 😀

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