DIY Pumpkin Luminary Halloween Decorations

Create a less intimidating jack-o-lantern luminary that will last you longer than the traditional kind with this simple tutorial.


Smooth Mason Jar
Orange tissue paper
Mod Podge
Green Ribbon
Leaf floral pick
black paper or felt
strong adhesive
sponge applicator


Step 1: Cut the orange tissue into 1 to 1 1/2 inch widths.

Step 2: Apply Mod Podge to the glass jar in about a 2 inch width from the jar opening to the bottom. Gently press the tissue paper onto the glass beginning at the jar opening and pressing the strip in place to the jar bottom.

(The strip should go from the lip of the jar to the middle of the jar bottom. Keep a straight edge at the lip of the jar. Brush Mod Podge over this layer with a small sponge applicator.)

Step 3: Continue to apply each new strip, one at a time–beginning and ending with the Mod Podge. Overlap each new strip of tissue by about 1/2 inch over the tissue that is in place. This creates the effect of the ridges of a pumpkin. Cover the jar completely, turn upside down and allow it to dry completely.

Step 4: Cut eyes and a mouth from black paper or black felt and adhere to the jar with a strong adhesive.

Step 5: Tie a green ribbon around the jar opening. Tack it down in a couple of places with the adhesive and insert a leaf floral pick.

Step 6: Insert a candle and enjoy your mason jar pumpkin lantern. These would make festive luminaries to light the sidewalk to your house!



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