504 Main by Holly Lefevre: DIY! Mason Jar Jack O'Lanterns
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

DIY! Mason Jar Jack O'Lanterns

Every year I try to ignore the holidays and they creep up on me. For Halloween I actually had some fun ideas - 2 separate themes - I was going to go all out...but life took over instead. Next year - expect amazing things (my fingers are crossed as as I type this).

I did manage to get ONE project done 3 MONTHS AHEAD
and still barely am getting it posted early.

Anyway...I received a bottle of DecoArt Crystal Gloss Enamels about 3 months ago and inspiration struck for 2 projects - one for Halloween and one because I loved it (that post is coming!).

This is my favorite kind of holiday crafts - one the kids and I can do together! It is SUPER-EASY! Although they wondered why we were painting pumpkins in July!

I have used the Gloss Enamels many times and love them...but I may have found a new love - look at the gorgeous translucent color Crystal Gloss Enamels gives, so I combined the two here.

  • DecoArt Crystal Gloss Enamels in Bright Orange
  • DecoArt Gloss Enamels in Black
  • DecoArt Gloss Enamels in Avocado
  • Rockler Foam brush
  • Small tipped paint brush
  • Mason jars or left over jars (I LOVE Using left over jars for projects like this). This is also super cute done with an Ivy bowl (you know those round bowls with the waving lips...I made one and dropped it before I took the photo - it is that kind of week!)

Canvas Corp Jute Rope
Hot Glue/Hot Glue Gun

Go check out the full tutorial at The DIY Club!It is easy and fun!

DIY Club
NOTE: By the way...there have been about a million tutorials on tinting glass jars on blogs/Internet since I made these. This is the method I used and it worked for me.

Paint and Bake

Decorate and Display!
For display, I added some dried beans to the bottom of the jar to hide the base of my tea lights (on Halloween night I will use battery operated candles outside)

Nestle candles into the beans.
You can also use these as fun vases - the Pink Jars I made had water/flowers in them for 2 weeks and the paint stayed perfect!
So, this is pretty easy craft -
the kids can do it, it can be done with things around the house
and the paint is really inexpensive too!

How are you coming on your Halloween Decorating?


Disclosure: Some products received through the DIY Club. See my full disclosure policy in the top navigation bar.

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  1. Very cute! And looks like something I could definitely handle :)

  2. these are adorable, holly!

  3. Fun project! You are way ahead of me - I haven't even bought a pumpkin yet!

  4. Cute! I've got to get my Halloween on - I'll fish through my recycle bin for glass jars and do this! Thanks for the idea!

  5. Cute project! You are ahead of me in halloween projects, fall seems to sneaked up this year. Laura Cottage and Broome

  6. Cute, Holly! I love the effect of the DecoArt on the glass.

  7. Holly! This idea is adorable and super creative (of course!) You always find the most fun things to make. These are right up there with the tattooed pumpkins.


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