This simple, 10-minute craft is a fun way for all ages to celebrate Halloween! Mason Jar Jack-O-Lanterns require only a few supplies and will add a festive glow to your autumn evenings.
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Happy October, friends!
With my two older boys busy in school each morning, they usually come home in the afternoon and just want to relax and play outside. And with my hands full of a busy baby, we have taken a break from most of our crafts and other more organized activities. That said, we still love reading books, we still love drawing, coloring, and painting, and we still manage to pull together a few special projects to celebrate our favorite seasons. The key is that these projects have to be simple, easy, and FAST!
The idea for these Mason Jar Jack-O-Lanterns came from an activity that the boys did at one of their summer camps. They used jars and tissue paper to make mosaic hanging lanterns. They were beautiful, the boys had fun putting them together, and I instantly knew that I needed to recreate something similar for Halloween.
We used the following supplies to make our lantern: a mason jar, orange tissue paper (torn or cut into small pieces), black tissue paper, Elmer’s washable school glue that dries clear, a sponge, and a tea light.
I started by using my sponge to spread some glue around the outside of the jar. I then used the sponge (that you see in the background!) to smooth the glue into an even layer.
Once the glue was spread, we all worked together to cover the surface of the jar with the little orange pieces of tissue paper.
Meanwhile, this little guy enjoyed a snack nearby…and for once he wasn’t particularly interested in smiling for the camera!
Once our jar was covered with orange tissue paper, we moved on to the Jack-O-Lantern’s face. I first tried yellow tissue paper, but it was too thin and didn’t show up on top of the orange underneath. So then we opted for black! The black obviously worked well, but it took me a few tries to cut out the facial features…mainly because the two boys were arguing over who got to put on which piece (they both wanted to do the mouth!). When you fight and pull on tissue paper, guess what happens? It rips. We went through a few different rounds of eyes and mouths before our poor lantern had a complete face!
Once the lantern was dry, we placed this little tea light inside.
We dined by candle light that evening, and we will continue to enjoy the festive decor for the rest of the season!
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