Lighted Halloween Garland from baby food jars

A fun way to light Halloween night using supplies on hand by Travel Parent Eat

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)

E-6000 glue

Exact-O Knife

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…

halloween garland painted

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.

halloween garland lids cut

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.

halloween garland adding lights

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!

halloween lighted garland

Isn’t it fun?  What’s your favorite Halloween decoration?

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About Anne Banks

Hi, I'm Anne! I am an active learner on this crazy road called life. I love learning about anything, but currently spend most of my study time researching parenting tips and improving health. I get excited about crafting, reading, running, baking, and spending time with my three crazy boys (in no particular order, and sometimes at the same time)! I love sharing what helps me get through the day, and I hope my tips help you!

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4 Responses to Lighted Halloween Garland from baby food jars

  1. Tiffany October 23, 2014 at 6:31 am #

    What a creative idea!

    • Anne Banks October 26, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

      Thanks, Tiffany! And thanks for visiting!

  2. Chelsea @ Life With My Littles October 24, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    How cute! I actually saved a bunch of baby food jars knowing I would need them for a craft one day. This is a perfect idea!

    • Anne Banks October 26, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

      Chelsea, this didn’t even take very long to make, just getting the motivation to get it done! Let us see what it looks like when you finish! Thanks for stopping by!