Guess Who’s Cute Craft Is On The Front Cover Of A Magazine!?

I hope you guessed mine…….!
Guess Who's Cute Craft Is On The Front Cover Of A Magazine!? By:
Ok, Emily……take a deep breath and start over.
Guess Who's Cute Craft Is On The Front Cover Of A Magazine!? By:
Alrighty, so one of the editors (hi Brian!) contacted me a llloooooooonnnnngggg time ago about putting my cute Glowing Jack O’Lanterns in their magazine. So of course I said YES!! Then,…….he emailed again and said the Editor-in-Chief (impressive title huh?) wanted to write about it on her Editor’s page! I couldn’t believe it!!

Guess Who's Cute Craft Is On The Front Cover Of A Magazine!? By:

So, last night, I’m at the store getting 20lbs of sugar (marathon jam-making session and ran out of sugar) and there it was……..I recognized the jars right away!! I was so excited I wanted to tell everyone standing in line with me!!! Ok, maybe not everyone since it was 11pm and there were a few questionable characters in line with me. But, I sped hurried home and was so excited, I jumped on our bed and scared my hubby awake to show him (sorry honey).
Anyhoo, I thought I would re-post the cute craft for you guys, since those are from over 2 years ago!! And the pics of the “monsters” versions too. You can also read the issue and see the cute ones they made for the magazine…….they turned out adorable!!Thank you Woman’s Day for letting me be part of your great magazine!

Hey there!!I can’t believe we’ve passed the 200 MARK!!
So, I guess we need to have another GIVEAWAY soon.
Just not today.
Today we have Freecycle Friday!!!!
Freecycle Friday - Glowing Jack O'Lanterns By:
And we are making these awesome Glowing jack O’Lanterns made with recycled glass jars (I have enough jars to make a TON of these :)
So, I was perusing Instructables a few weeks ago and found this awesome chick, who made these! So cute huh?
So I HAD to make some!!
(especially since I have a million jars laying around…..sorry honey)
But, I figured I would go ahead and post a tute, ‘cuz I love you all ssoooooo much!

Freecycle Friday - Glowing Jack O'Lanterns By:

You will need:

5 glass jars of varying sizes (I think the varying sizes make it more interesting)

Some orange tissue paper (If you are anything like me… save tissue paper from EVERY gift you get but,…….NOT ORANGE! But luckily this was only $1 buck at Walmart)

Mod podge (Yes, I’ve had that bottle awhile… matter how much I use it, it never runs out!)

Black paper

Green paint

Freecycle Friday - Glowing Jack O'Lanterns By:
Start by cutting the tissue paper into strips about 1.5 – 2 inches wide. Measure the height of your jars and cut the tissue paper strips to that size.
Freecycle Friday - Glowing Jack O'Lanterns By:

Freecycle Friday - Glowing Jack O'Lanterns By: NotSoIdleHands.comFreecycle Friday - Glowing Jack O'Lanterns By:

Paint Mod Podge, a section at a time, onto the outside of the jar. lay down a strip of paper and smooth it down well. Then, move onto the next section. Don’t worry if it’s a little wrinkly, it doesn’t show once it’s dry.

I loved the way she overlapped the strips of paper to make it look more pumpkin-y (is that a word?)

Freecycle Friday - Glowing Jack O'Lanterns By:

Keep going till you get the jar covered. Then, work on cutting out the faces for them. You can click here and here to download a template of the faces I used and size them according to the sizes of your jars.

Freecycle Friday - Glowing Jack O'Lanterns By:

Freecycle Friday - Glowing Jack O'Lanterns By:
Glue the faces on and paint the tops with some pretty green paint and then brush on a coat or 2 of Mod Podge (I used glossy so it looks shiny like it’s part of the jar :)

I ended up having to use vinyl for the faces since i didn’t have any black paper on hand and I didn’t feel like running out just to get paper.

Let them cure for 24 hours and…..

Freecycle Friday - Glowing Jack O'Lanterns By:

(in my office)

Freecycle Friday - Glowing Jack O'Lanterns By:

(in the sun)

Freecycle Friday - Glowing Jack O'Lanterns By:

(in the dark…..Ooooooooo scary)

Ta Da!

Freecycle Friday - Glowing Jack O'Lanterns By:

Your very own glowing jack o’lanterns!!

So Cute!! My girls are LOVING these!!

They were easy to make, AND your older kiddos can help do them. I’m thinking about using some baby food jars and letting my girls make some tiny ones to show in their room.

You can even use candles or those neat (fake) tealights in these for a fun effect :)

Have fun!!

And here are the “Monsters”:

Freecycle Friday - Glowing Jack O'Lanterns By:

Freecycle Friday - Glowing Jack O'Lanterns By:

Freecycle Friday - Glowing Jack O'Lanterns By:

Have fun and be sure to check me out in Woman’s Day!!!!!

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. Congratulations!!! How incredibly exciting!!!

    And…so cool that I follow the blog of a “celebrity”?! :)

  2. How fun is that!! I made these last year after seeing this post. Congrats!

  3. SO EXCITING!!! Seriously, I would of scared my husband awake too :) So very fun. Do you want to know what is amazing? I still remember when you posted about these 2 years ago. Really it has been two years? Time and life is going way to fast!

  4. That is awesome! I loved that craft. Good for you!!

  5. As soon as I got my Magazine out of the mail yesterday, I immediately thought of you! So super cool! Congrats!

  6. I am so happy for you! This is one of the cutest crafts ever and the BEST Halloween craft in Women’s Day! I know a celebrity now… :)

  7. Woww,congratulations!

  8. oh, congratulations, you totally deserve that, such a great crafter and a wonderful person all around! by the way, i think your photos of your pumpkins are way cuter than the mag and i guess i’ll have to make these for halloween. love the multicolored, different sizes pumpkins! so cute and i’m going to pin this on pinterest! bisous xoxo

  9. Congrats-what a fun project. Looks great. I’m a new follower.

  10. Thanks for posting….I LOVE THEM!

  11. How awesome to be in Women’s Day! Way to go!

    This is just the craft I want to do with my homeschool group this year! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Wow! That’s a wonderful accomplishment! I’m so glad you got recognized for your creativity.

  13. How fun for you!!!! Congratulations!

  14. Yeah for You!!!!!!! That is so exciting for your project to be on a magazine cover! I’m glad that the magazine gave your credit. You deserve it.

  15. You go girl! That’s so awesome. I made some lanterns a few years ago too. I used paint. I love yours!

  16. Congratulations! How very exciting… and I love the project.

  17. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I made these a few years ago and ALL of my freinds had to have them as well:) They are my kids fav decorations!!

  18. That was a great project. It deserved the cover of a national magazine. Congrats!

  19. so cool-congrats! i made these with my kids and they still love them! we’ll be putting them out again this year-they look so cute!

  20. Congratulations! How fun!

  21. Congrats on making the magazine! How exciting!! Great tutorial – thanks for the ideas :)

  22. so fun and I have all the stuff, yay!

  23. Omg I saw that and I thought “I’ve seen that before!” Great job! you deserve it, trust me :D

  24. I just go my magazine today and sais, “Sheesh, can’t they come up with something new?! I saw that last year on Not So Idle Hands.”

  25. So cute! I don’t love halloween, but I think I might have to try these!

  26. How exciting!!! Congrats!!!

  27. Cool! Congrats! My kids and I made these a few years ago after seeing yours and I am so anxious to pull them out. We liked them so much my Mom made Christmas ones and I made Valentines! :)

  28. VERY COOL! My friend and I just made those jars, inspired by you, and we both have received a LOT of compliments on them! It’s an amazing idea, and well deserved to be in a magazine!

  29. Congratulations! That cute and easy craft is definitely worthy of being in a magazine. I’m excited to make some of my own with my kiddos this October. Thanks!!

  30. Wow how awesome to be in the magazine! I saw these featured on U-Create Crafts and am now featuring them on my blog Must Make Mondays @ Copy-Cat-Crafter

  31. They are so stinkin’ adorable!!!! And CONGRATULATIONS!!! I can’t even imagine having something published in a magazine. I definitely would have been shouting to everyone…even the shady characters. :)

  32. How does it work with the strung lights? Where do they come out for plugging in? These are awesome!

  33. I’m so excited to find your blog!! I saw the magazine and got it just to learn how to make these and then had to show them to my readers! Thanks for the great idea! I’m a new follower!

  34. I saw these in Woman’s Day and had to post a pic and link on my blog. Love them – I’m making them with my kids on Friday. Thanks!!

  35. I saw the magazine the other day in the store and was wondering if this was your activity!! I’m so happy for you!!

  36. We tried our hand at your project this weekend! Loved the magazine! Here is a picture of what we did!

  37. Found your pumpkins on Pinterest and got here! I don’t know you but I’m still excited for you to be on the cover of the mag. Wonderful and congratulations!
    I dream of becoming good enough to be just in a magazine. Until then I will keep on crafting for experience. Also a follower now.

  38. That is awesome, congratulations! I was inspired by the magazine cover and made some with acrylic paint, but only because I couldn’t find orange tissue paper. I loved this idea and my kids had so much fun making them, thanks!

  39. I LOVE this idea! And I loved your “monsters” variation! Question for you, do you have a template for your Dracula face?

  40. omg – I got that magazine and actually tore out that page and put it in my stack of “things-I-really-want-to-do”. I’ve had your site bookmarked for something else for a long time now and am just going all your entries. HOW COOL!

  41. This post was featured on COASAHMom for Pinnerific Thursday!

  42. Elaine Yang says:

    WE are going to make these for our preschool Halloween craft! Was wondering if you dilute your Modge Podge 3:1 or do you just use it straight out of the jar?


    • Elaine~ That sounds so fun! Nope, just use the Mod Podge straight up. But if they kiddos are having a hard time spreading it thin enough you can dilute it a teeny bit, but not too much or it won’t stick well. Have fun!


  1. […] with a few cutouts from felt and a little creativity, this Bat Door Decor via Not So Idle Hands is a great door design if you’re tired of the usual cobwebs hanging about. It requires no major […]

join the conversation


Current day month ye@r *