Recycle your old spaghetti jars to create this cute pumpkin lantern! This DIY craft is super easy for kids. They can’t make a mistake and you can reuse the lanterns for next Halloween. My friend introduced me to this craft last year when she showed my daughter’s classroom how to make them. We also used the children’s creations to decorate our school’s Halloween booth. They looked awesome!
To get started you will need these supplies:
- clean, empty glass jar
- orange tissue paper
- black construction paper
- tea light candle
- twine (optional)
First, I let my daughter rip up tissue paper into small portions. Then we poured Elmer’s glue into a small bowl and mixed it with some water to thin out the glue. Grab a piece of the tissue paper, place it against the jar and paint on top of the tissue with the glue. Do this until the entire jar is covered. I choose not to add tissue to the bottom of the jar but feel free to so. I also don’t worry about smoothing out the tissue paper. The bumps and creases give each pumpkin texture and distinction!
Your child can then cut out a nose, eyes and a mouth from the black construction paper and place them on top of the tissue, paint over them with glue to make sure they stick.
That’s it! Let the jar dry for a couple of hours. Add a tea light to illuminate your pumpkin lantern. Display your cool lantern(s) on a
mantel, window sill or anywhere you need some DIY Halloween love!! If you would like to hang your lantern like we do, tie a piece of twine around the thread glass thread a few times and make a tight knot and hang!