DIY Halloween Mason-Jar Candles

Oct 10, 2014

Holidays always provide a fantastic opportunity to make memories with little ones, and crafting together is a great way to spend time together. Halloween crafts are fun, but my boys are easily spooked, so I like to come up with decorations that more cute than scary. This year, we made adorable mason jar candles.

First, gather your supplies.

You’ll need: 

  • mason jars
  • Mod Podge or watered-down white glue 
  • foam brushes
  • tissue paper
  • scissors
  • googly eyes
  • a black permanent marker

Step-by-Step Instructions:

1. Cut tissue paper into one inch squares.

2. Use foam brushes and Mod Podge to cover the jars in tissue paper. Allow to dry overnight.

3. To make the Jack-o-lantern, use orange tissue paper to cover the jar, allow it to dry overnight, and then draw a face with a marker.

4. To make the ghost, use white tissue paper to cover the jar, allow it to dry overnight, add googly eyes, and then draw a nose and mouth with a marker.

5. To make the Frankenstein, use green tissue paper to cover the jar, allow it to dry overnight, add googly eyes, and then draw a face with a marker.

That’s it! I purchased some battery-operated candles to put inside the jars, but with proper supervision you could use regular candles instead. 

I think all three versions are totally adorable, don’t you? My boys are super-excited to display their handcrafted Halloween décor. Happy Halloween!

Article Author Gina Bell
Gina Bell

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Gina Bell is a writer, blogger and mom of three small boys. She has contributed to several blogs and publications including her local paper, Family Fun Magazine and Canadian Living. After ten years living in Toronto, she left her corporate job to return, with her family, to her home on the East Coast. Gina’s blog (East Coast Mommy) is full of tutorials, crafts, holiday fun, party planning, yummy recipes, DIY projects and more. She has a penchant for fun, easy and inexpensive family fun. You can follow Gina’s blog (East Coast Mommy) on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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