I am beyond excited to start crafting all things Halloween! Today I am sharing our first Halloween project for this season – a boo’tiful upcycled jar ghost lantern!
This project is suitable for both adults and kids. Kids as young a tweens can make this fun ghost tealight holder and it hardly takes any time at all. It’s also a simple idea for adults (even non-crafty ones!) to create this Halloween.
This week’s Xyron Design Team project is featuring Clearsnap – read our disclosure policy here. For this project we used our handy dandy Xyron® Creative Station Lite and from Clearsnap, the ColorBox® Glass Graffiti and black dye ink pad.
Upcycled Jar Ghost Lantern Tutorial
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- ColorBox® Glass Graffiti; white
- ColorBox® Ink
- Xyron® Creative Station Lite with permanent adhesive
- Cupcake Liner; any color – we used one from this Halloween pack
- Patterned Paper
- LED Tealight; white or colored
- empty jar; such as a baby food jar or mason jar
Start by holding the empty, clean baby food jar in an upside-down position either in your hand or on a table. Take the white ColorBox Glass Graffiti and dab all around the jar excluding the bottom. Flip it right-side up on a table (cover with newspaper first) and dab all around the top half. Let dry.
I only did one coat because it went on thick enough with just enough transparency for the tealight to peek through.
While the painted ghost jar is drying is a great time to decorate the lid.
Trace the jar lid onto a patterned paper (Halloween if you have it!). Carefully cut it slightly smaller than the outline.
Then, I got out our Xyron Creative Station Lite with a permanent adhesive cartridge inside it. To decorate the jar lid, place the cupcake liner and patterned paper circle in the tray and crank the handle.
Peel off the cupcake liner, then wrap it on the top of the lid, then the sides and finally tucked under. Screw the lid on to assure that it is still able to twist on. Take the lid back off. Place the patterned paper circle on the inside of the lid, covering the ends of the cupcake liner.
Since the cupcake liner pattern had a white center, I thought it would be cute to add a small Halloween stamp in the middle. I used a mini spider stamp on it. You could also stamp a phrase such as, “BOO!”
Once the Glass Graffiti is dry, take the back ink pad and make fingerprint/thumbprint eyes and mouth. Alternatively, paint on the face with a paintbrush. Let dry.
Add the LED tealight, turn off the light, and watch the boo’tiful ghost lantern glow!
The kids wanted an orange tealight inside which looked cool. Of course white resembles a Halloween ghost best, but purple, orange, and green are a lot more fun! It would be neat to make a ghost jar for each color to line up next to each other for a glow-in-the-dark Halloween decoration.
Besides making an upcycled jar ghost lantern, you could use them as mini treat jars for the kids to give as a cute Halloween gift to a friend or a grandparent.