Halloween night is lots of fun, but as it is night, it lends to decorating with lights. I’ve been working on gathering (and making) a few lighted decorations this year. My oldest has really gotten into the spirit of Halloween this year, but he’s not much into the spooky stuff, so we’re trying to capture the mood without scaring anyone.
I’ve been carrying around these baby food jars for a couple of years with the intention of creating this Halloween Light Garland. I finally picked up the string of lights this year, and committed to making it. Seeing how cute it looks I’m so glad I finally got around to finishing it!
Here’s what you’ll need:
Glass jars, baby food or half pint mason jars
Acrylic paint in green, white, and orange (or spray paint)
Black vinyl or Black paper and mod podge
Strand of Halloween lights
Here’s how you do it:
Paint the jars with your preferred method. There are lots of tutorials for painting glass jars, choose the one you like. I decided to use acrylic and paint the inside of the jar. I like how it looks…
Cut out the vinyl or paper in fun Halloween shapes. I have a pumpkin carving cricut cartridge (this is not a sponsored post, just love the product!), so I used the 1 1/2 and 2 inch settings and cut out some fun shapes to put on my jars. Green are Frankenstein, white have spiderwebs, ghosts, black cats, etc., and orange are pumpkin faces. If you don’t have a cricut (or silhouette) you can find some pumpkin templates online, or other Halloween clipart and just print it and cut it out. Mod podge the outside of the glass, apply the cut outs, and mod podge over the paper again.
Cut an x in the lid with the knife. This is so you can put the light into the jar. Make sure you have a cutting board underneath the lid.
Place a light into the x. I spaced mine every 6 lights apart (so there are 5 lights showing between), use more for larger bottles, but I wouldn’t recommend less because you don’t want them banging together.
I used a screwdriver to open the x more and then gently close it a little. You don’t want to apply any pressure to the bulbs and you don’t want the strings getting sliced.
Apply the glue to the inside of the lid. Screw the lid onto the jar and allow the glue to set. I actually didn’t use glue because I want to store my lights and jars separately, but if you are a careful packer, and don’t want to repeat these steps each year, glue away!
Isn’t it fun? What’s your favorite Halloween decoration?