Celebrate Halloween with some cheerful pumpkin-inspired jars. With a pop of fall colour and some sparkly faces, you can enjoy some simple Halloween fun. Jack-O’-Lantern Jars are a fun and easy craft that you can enjoy as a family.
Happy Halloween everyone! Halloween festivities seemed to be everywhere this weekend, from amusement parks to trick-or-treating in the mall, outdoor festivities and even at our house.
Over the weekend, we celebrated our annual Halloween Party. My four-year-old daughter couldn’t have been more excited for our intimate Halloween Bash. We invited her grandparents and uncle to our Halloween themed Sunday night dinner.
At first, we started this tradition because it was a fun way for the grandparents to see my daughter’s Halloween costumes. There is nothing cuter than babies in costumes. Put them in anything and you can’t help but melt over the cuteness. Babies dressed as bunnies – adorable. Babies dressed as kittens – amazing. Babies dressed as strawberries – delicious. (And completely unbiased since my little girl was a strawberry for her first Halloween.)
Now, it’s about the costumes still, but it’s also about the crafts. In the month leading up to the party, we begin working on our table decor. At first, we just talk about different ideas and then the real fun begins!
With only a few items, you can make beautiful, kid-friendly Jack-O’-Lantern Jars. I had these jars just lying around the house. The two smaller ones are from last summer when I tried making strawberry jam and the taller one is a recycled jar. When a jar is a nice size or shape, I sometimes clean them out and save them for moments like this.
If you don’t have jars at home, you may be able to find some at a local craft or dollar store. Or, you can always recycle some of your own.
With a couple sponge brushes and some festive fall colours, you can give some regular jars a fun splash of colour. We chose to paint them red, orange and yellow, but you can use any colours. Green, blue, or even purple could also be a fun choice.
To give each jar a uniform coloured appearance, they are all covered in four coats of paint. There’s a huge difference between the first and second coat of paint, but it took another two coats to make sure that there were no more streaks peeking through.
Since I was making Jack-O’-Lantern Jars with my four-year-old, I waited at least one day between coats. I definitely could have painted another coat sooner, after an hour or so. But with the attention span of a kiddo, spacing it out just made more sense.
When the pumpkins were all painted, the final step was amazing. Not only did it give the pumpkins their finishing touch, but it involved stickers. What’s more kid-friendly than stickers?
Each pumpkin face is made from sparkly sticker foam. I love the silver sparkles. It makes these Jack-O’-Lantern Jars even happier.
The sparkle sticker foam is covered with a piece of paper on the sticker side. I sketched and cut out the little jack-o’-lantern faces and my daughter placed the stickers on the jars.
I am so happy with how they turned out. The little yellow one with the crooked smile is my favourite. But my daughter loves them all the same!
To turn the Jack-O’-Lantern Jars into a centrepiece for our party, we filled each jar with a different type of chocolate. Yes, we love our chocolate! But you can fill them with candy, treats, or even tea lights, to give them a luminary effect. However you use them, Jack-O’-Lantern Jars are sure to add some Halloween festiveness to your home.
Give some jars the Halloween treatment. With a pop of fall colour and some sparkly faces, you can enjoy some simple Halloween fun.
- glass jars
- acrylic paint
- sponge brushes
- sticky foam paper
- Using a sponge brush, paint the outside of a glass jar. When dry, cover with another coat of paint. For best results, cover with four coats of paint.
- Using a pencil, draw jack-o’-lantern faces. Cut out shapes for eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Place faces of jars.
- Fill jars with chocolate, candy, or even a tea light.