DIY: Halloween Lantern Jars

Baystateparent Magazine

Upcycle a glass jar into a fun Halloween lantern. Put it on your mantel, front porch, or fill it with candy and give it as a gift. 

Make a spooky lantern from a glass jar.

What you need: 

-Glass jar 

-Colored tissue paper (we used orange, yellow and white) 

-Mod Podge


-Small foam brush 

-Black construction paper 

-Ribbon (we used black and orange) 


Cut tissue paper into small pieces, about one inch each. Younger children can tear the tissue paper. Different shaped pieces are OK. 

Using the foam brush, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the outside of the jar. Layer pieces of tissue paper over the glue, adding more glue and tissue as needed until the jar is completely covered. 

Once the jar is fully covered, go over the tissue with one more thin coat of Mod Podge. Let dry.

If making a ghost or jack-o-lantern, cut pieces for the “face” out of the black construction paper. Have fun and be creative! Attach to the jar with a little glue, and let dry. 

For an optional finishing touch, tie or glue a ribbon around the top of the jar.

Light it up! Use votives, tealights or battery-powered lights to make it glow.