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Grab some friends and some Mason jars and create some fun Halloween decorations this year. Here, a do-it-yourself Halloween snow globe rains glitter on a skull centerpiece.

3 easy DIY Mason jar crafts for Halloween

October 26, 2014

Add a touch of fun and spookiness to your season with these three easy do-it-yourself Mason jar crafts for Halloween.

For step-by-step directions, watch the accompanying video — a little under 10 minutesʻ viewing for all three.

Each project uses materials you can find around the house or at a local crafts store, like Ben Franklin.

Halloween Snow Globe

You’ll need:

  • a Mason jar
  • distilled water
  • glycerin
  • hot glue gun
  • Halloween figure to use as a centerpiece
  • orange food coloring
  • large white glitter
  • orange and/or black glitter


To make it:

1. Hot glue the Halloween figure onto the underside of the lid.
2. As it dries, fill the jar with distilled water.
3. Add a few dashes of glycerin to the water so the glitter will move more slowly (there’s no need for exact measurements).
4. Add the food coloring to the water mixture until it’s a shade of orange you like. If you don’t have orange, you can mix yellow and red.
5. Add pinches and dashes of glitter and snow, as much or as little as you please.
6. To finish, just pop the lid with the onto the jar, and tighten it well.
7. Turn it over, give it a shake, and you’ve got a snow globe—Halloween style.

Glowing Ghost Jars

These glowing ghosts will last for about an hour, so fill them just before the trick or treating begins, and make sure to put them in a dark place for the best glowing effect.

You’ll need:

  • 3 mason jars
  • 3 glow sticks
  • 6 googly eyes
  • hot glue gun
  • yard nippers

To make it:

1. Attach two googly eyes to each jar using the hot glue gun.
2. Activate the glow sticks by bending and shaking them.
3. Cut off the tips with the yard nippers and pour the contents into the jar, one color per jar.
4. CAREFULLY, place your pointer finger partially over the top of the glow stick as you do this. There are tubes of glass in the glow sticks that you don’t want in your jars.
5. Seal each jar, and shake so their insides are coated with the glowing liquid.
6. Your little ghost friends are done! Place them out in the dark for the full effect.

Spooky Lanterns

You’ll need:

  • a mason jar
  • orange or black tulle
  • Mod Podge
  • a medium/large paintbrush
  • Halloween-themed ribbon (black, orange, creepy design)
  • an electronic tea light (candle)
  • fake spider web, any color
  • hot glue gun

To make it:

1. Using the paintbrush, cover the outside of the jar with Mod Podge. Avoid both the bottom and rim.
2. Wrap the tulle around the jar, continuing until looks solid.
3. Clip the tulle off the roll with scissors and seal the seam in place with Mod Podge.
4. Evenly coat all the tulle on the jar with Mod Podge.
5. Wrap the ribbon around the rim and cut to length; then, hot glue into place.
6. Use a relatively small portion of the spider web and wrap it decoratively around the jar to your liking. Cut away any excess web so that it’s not too thick around the jar.
7. Let the Mod Podge dry overnight.
8. Once the lantern is completely dry, turn on your tea light, place it in the jar, and close the lid. To use a candle instead, make sure that the jar is filled at least halfway with sand, and do not put the lid on.
9. Turn off the lights and watch it glow!


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