My kids were begging to carve pumpkins for Halloween, but we’re doing a no spending challenge this month. I was so tempted to go out and buy pumpkins since I had to say no to a few other things this month. After all, they’re only young for a little while and we only have so long to make these memories.
Then I thought back to last year’s pumpkin carving. I cleaned out the pumpkin myself since none of the kids would touch the “yucky” guts. Then, my husband carved an awesome jack-o-lantern while everyone else watched. Yes, priceless memories there!
So, I decided to improvise for my zero budget and hopefully end up with a better experience that the kids could participate in this time. The inspiration came from these Starry Night Luminaries that I did with the twins for our at home preschool a few weeks ago.
Here’s the very simple directions for making your own Glittering Jack-o-lantern Jars:
- Gather your clean jars. Recycled jars, like pickle jars, jam jars, etc work great! Just make sure they have a lid.
- Spray hairspray on the inside surfaces of the jar.
- Immediately, add some orange glitter, put on the lid and start shaking so that the glitter will stick to all the jar sides.
- Turn the jar upside down, with the lid as the BOTTOM. Then, use a sharpie to draw a jack-o-lantern face on your jar.
- Open the jar and set a battery operated tea light on the lid before screwing the jar on top again. With the lid being the bottom it makes it easy to unscrew the lid and turn the light on and off as desired.
- If placing on an elevated surface, like ours on our wood porch railing, use a small nail to nail the lid to the surface (if possible) so the jars won’t fall over and break.