Glowing Halloween Jars


Hello! My name is Emily and I write a crafting blog called Not So Idle Hands. I’m excited to share a fun tutorial with you today for Glowing Halloween Jars. Here it goes:


  • 5 glass jars of varying sizes
  • Orange, green, purple, & white tissue paper
  • Mod podge
  • Black paper
  • Green, grey, & black paint


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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.

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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 and keep going till you get the jar covered.. 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?) glowing halloween jars 5Now, work on cutting out the faces for them. CLICK HERE to download a template of the faces I used and size them according to the sizes of your jars. 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.

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Let them cure for 24 hours.

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Ta Da!

(Ooooooooo scary)

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Your very own glowing jack o’lanterns or monsters!!

Don’t you love them? 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 :)

Thanks so much for putting up with me today… was SO fun test-driving someone else’s blog today. Come visit me anytime on Not So Idle Hands to see what else I’ve been up to!

This post originally published on Somewhat Simple in October 2009

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  1. Jessica Griffin says

    How cute is that!! I'm totally going to be making those with my girls tomorrow. I just uncovered FOUR… that's right FOUR containers of mod podge. Need to get 'em gone!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  2. Connie says

    That was a great post. Thanks for sharing how to make the pumpkins. That would be a great project to do with my grandchildren.

  3. kRiStEn_S says

    Sooo cute Emily!! What a fun idea to blogswap! I'm going to have the kids make the cereal box bags that were on your blog and have them start lugging their own stuff around! :)