Freecycle Friday – Glowing Jack O’Lantern Revisited

Sooooooooo, it seems that these cute glowing jacks are something a lot of you are making these days….
And, since I made a fresh batch of monsters this afternoon, I decided to re-visit this one and do a show-and-tell of some of my readers who have posted them on their blogs!

So, I’ll start by showing you the new ones I made. They turned out super-cute!

Freecycle Friday - Glowing Jack O'Lantern Revisited

First, I envisioned ghosts, but then I said to myself: “Self, if you can make a bunch of ghosts & pumpkins, then why can’t you make a bunch of different monsters?”

So, I did.

Freecycle Friday - Glowing Jack O'Lantern Revisited


Let me introduce: Boo, Pointy, Happy (my oldest made this guy after my last batch of pumpkins), we don’t know the mummy’s name yet…….he’s not saying much :), and last, but not least Frankie.

Yes, you can get the faces here. And if you were wondering, I used grey paint on the tops of the ghost & mummy.

Freecycle Friday - Glowing Jack O'Lantern Revisited


And for this little guy, I took a black ink pad and “dirtied” his bandages a little before doing the coats of mod Podge. It streaked a little, but it came out cute anyway.

 Freecycle Friday - Glowing Jack O'Lantern Revisited

Here are some cute ones my friend Katie did when we had an impromptu craft day at my house. She found this cute tissue paper and I LOVE the way the little eyes shine through when you light them up!


Have Fun!

About Emily Mcdonald

Emily McDonald is the owner of Not So Idle Hands and lives in Colorado with her hot hubby and 3 cute daughters. When she's not battling ADHD, Fibro, or Migraines she loves to be downstairs playing with all her pretty crafty things making fun stuff. She also runs an awesome Etsy Shop by the same name where she gets to sell shiny supplies to make pretty stuff {check it out!}.


  1. I love the monsters! I was holding out until I got some orange tissue paper, but I could have made the ghosts!

    Everyone’s looks great!

  2. Love love love your blog!! HEre’s a couple my daughter and I made. They’re not quite finished but we’re getting there!

  3. Yay! These are wonderful!!! I want to post them for my Halloween week -

  4. Those turned out so cute! I love your ideas!

  5. I made my pumpkins the day before I saw these. Guess I need more jars now–I LOVE that Frankenstein! Thanks for the idea!

  6. I just want to thank you! I’ve only been following your blog a short time, but I LOVE it! And especially this idea! After the first time you did these I saw them I totally revamped what I was doing for the centerpieces at my wedding, and am now using this concept (minus the pumpkins and monsters)! I’m using tissue paper in our wedding colors and creating super cute jar lanterns for each table! Thanks!

  7. super fun!!! I have 30 plus baby food jars getting their spook on as we speak!

  8. I adore these! I’m going to have to make some, especially since I can’t put out real pumpkins at my house. The squirrels EAT them!

  9. Oh, I love these!!

  10. What a great idea…I just love these..SOOO cute..I am planning on doing these very soon! Thanks I love your blog!!

  11. That is such a fun and cute idea. My little girsl would love that. Anything to do with modge podge and i am sold. What a cute blog…. so glad I found you. Blessings!

  12. Very Cute! I love them!

  13. Absolutely adorable! I am heading down to pick up some tissure paper right now and make some of these cute little guys. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Quick and easy and sooo cute! Thats a great project, stop by for a visit soon!

  15. So cute. I love them. Now my brain is going and I need to make some with my kiddos and to show all the gals on my blog.


  16. LOVE LOVE LOVE these!! I raided my fridge and did some jar washing and made this cute little dudes. check ‘em out on my blog:

    Thanks for the inspirations!!!

  17. I LOVE THIS PROJECT!! I saw it just the other day and HAD to make them. I went out and bought the stuff and made my own! Thanks for the great idea! :)

  18. Thanks so much for this project! My girls loved it and our pumpkins are so cute! I blogged about it here

  19. Wow, I love all these different takes, they’re fabulous. And thanks SO much for the faces! I’ll be linking.

  20. I LOVE THESE! I’ve seen them before, but it’s amazing what a difference the colored paper makes. Anyway, I hope it’s okay – I posted your pictures with a link to your site on our new blog… Thanks again! You are amazing!

  21. Love this idea! I’m going to have to try this! Thanks for sharing with us :)

  22. I had so much fun making these cute little guys! I posted them on my blog and linked it back to you..take a look if you have time. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Hi !! I just (yesterday) discoverd your blog, and i most say it’s super,lots of great ideas. Today i did doe’s with my children. Thank you very much for this wonderfull idea. (I posted on my blog the ones i did and licked your blog)
    Sorry for my bad english i come from canada, québec and i usally speak french, lol)

  24. OMGosh! I absolutely love these! I just had to make them right away. I didn’t have very many different size jars on hand. I think they would have been a lot more visually appealing if I had, but, minus the mummy, they didn’t come out all that bad. I actually had the same idea for the Yo Gabba Gabba gang for a birthday party, but never thought of this! Thanks for the idea!

  25. Brilliant..amd I’mnot even into ‘Ween. . Love your cute lil fellows!I want to try this.

  26. I was DYING to make these and just made them this past weekend! Too cute!! Thanks for the idea! Check mine out!

  27. These are amazing! :)

  28. I saw these on another site that linked back to yours. I made these and they were super easy and fun. My boys love them. I love your site and will be back often. Great idea.

  29. Super cute!! I know Halloween is now 10 months away, but I’m filing this idea away til then. These would look super cute in my window! Thanks!

  30. Hi there! I have no idea how I happened upon your blog, but I am glad I did. I loved the post with the modgepodge pumpkin jars. I linked back to you on my blog

    for this project and posted your pics there too. I hope you’ll get more traffic because of it. Keep up the great work.

    Regards, Nancy

  31. Love these! I know this is an old post, but I featured your project today on my blog:

  32. I love these and I know my kids will love them even more! I will be featuring you over at

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