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Cute & Spooky Glowing Jack O’Lanterns

Cute & Spooky Glowing Jack O'Lanterns @NotSoIdleHands.com

I’m getting the Halloween itch SO bad already (well, ever since July, truthfully), so I’m gonna go ahead and start posting some fun Halloween stuff for y’all.

And it’s been a few years since these little guys first made their debut into internet history and since it’s such a fun and easy craft to do, I thought I’d re-post this tutorial to help get the Halloween juices flowing.

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These guys even made their way into Woman’s Day magazine….twice! And once on the front cover! You can see it here. Needless to say, these cute pumpkins have been all over the place and replicated probably millions of times….that’s better than rabbits LOL

I’m so glad this craft has been such a smash hit and I hope you all keep having fun making ‘em….I enjoy seeing the ways you put your own unique spin on it. Thanks!

So here the tutorial from waaaaaay back in Sept 2009:

Cute & Spooky Glowing Jack O'Lanterns @NotSoIdleHands.com
Today we have Freecycle Friday!!!!
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)
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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…..you 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…..no matter how much I use it, it never runs out!)

Black paper

Green paint

Cute & Spooky Glowing Jack O'Lanterns @NotSoIdleHands.com

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.

Cute & Spooky Glowing Jack O'Lanterns @NotSoIdleHands.com

Cute & Spooky Glowing Jack O'Lanterns @NotSoIdleHands.com

Cute & Spooky Glowing Jack O'Lanterns @NotSoIdleHands.com

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.

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

Cute & Spooky Glowing Jack O'Lanterns @NotSoIdleHands.com

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 made and size them according to the sizes of your jars.

Cute & Spooky Glowing Jack O'Lanterns @NotSoIdleHands.com

Cute & Spooky Glowing Jack O'Lanterns @NotSoIdleHands.com

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…..

Cute & Spooky Glowing Jack O'Lanterns @NotSoIdleHands.com

(in my office)

Cute & Spooky Glowing Jack O'Lanterns @NotSoIdleHands.com

(in the sun)

Cute & Spooky Glowing Jack O'Lanterns @NotSoIdleHands.com

(in the dark…..Ooooooooo scary)

Cute & Spooky Glowing Jack O'Lanterns @NotSoIdleHands.com

Ta Da!

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) tea lights in these for a fun effect :)

Cute & Spooky Glowing Jack O'Lanterns @NotSoIdleHands.com

Also, don’t forget about these cute creatures too…..like the pumpkins’ second cousins (twice removed)

Cute & Spooky Glowing Jack O'Lanterns @NotSoIdleHands.com

Aren’t they super cute too? You can get these faces here.

Cute & Spooky Glowing Jack O'Lanterns @NotSoIdleHands.com

This little guy is my favorite….he’s so cute! And shy too, I bet…..

Have fun and start saving up those jars.

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!}.

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