Halloween DIY: How to Make a Jack-O’-Lantern Mason Jar

Are you into Halloween? Have you thought of Halloween home decoration ideas? And are you on a budget? If you answered yes, you can start with some Halloween home decorations DIY.

This post’s DIY is an alternative to pumpkin carving and a good option if you want to decorate your home by yourself. Plus, it’s a great way to upcycle food jars that are usually thrown away.

Here is a list of materials you will need for this tutorial:

Step 1: Clean Your Jar

If you are upcycling a jar, make sure you wash it thoroughly. On top of washing mine with detergent, I also cleaned it with a bit of rubbing alcohol to make sure its surface was clear.

Step 2: Position Your Halloween Figures

Cut out your Halloween figures. You can download the ones we used here. Position the figures inside your jar as you see fit and use tape to secure them. If your jar is small, you may find that a pair of tweezers might be helpful.

Step 3: Fill in the Figures

Use the figures inside your jar as guides to draw on the surface. You can use black glass paint if you have it, or acrylic paint. I like to use two coats of paint. Let it dry after the first coat and then reapply the pain.

Step 4: Add Colour Inside

Next, use a sponge brush or attach a small sponge to a pencil. Use it to apply the orange acrylic paint by tapping gently on the inside surface of the jar. Apply one first coat of paint and let it dry, before applying a second coat.

Step 5: Add the Tiny Details

Use a white permanent marker to make the small details in the figures. Add a face to your pumpkin, eyes to your bat, windows to your haunted castle, and of course do not forget your scary ghost.

Step 6 (Optional): Add Sparkle

This step is completely optional. If you want to add a special glow to your Halloween jar, you can add a little bit of sparkle at the bottom. Apply a bit of liquid glue first and then just sprinkle it.

Step 7: Create a Handle

Use aluminium wire to create a handle for your Halloween jar. This will make it easier to transport and move it. Place the wire around the neck of your jar and warp it around a couple of times. Use another piece of wire to create the handle and secure it on both sides by warping it around the other wire.

Video Tutorial

Final Thoughts

This is a fun and moderately difficult DIY for Halloween. If you like a cosy atmosphere and indoor lights, you are likely to be very pleased with the end result.

We also wanted to offer an option for Halloween decor that was affordable and also environmentally friendly. By upcycling your food jars, you are repurposing waste and transforming it through creativity.

In this tutorial, we used black and orange colours since they are strongly associated with Halloween but you can use your favourite colours too. Let us know if you give this DIY a try. Tag us on social media so we can like it.

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90s Throwback: Scary and Magic Halloween Movies to Watch

Today Halloween is celebrated pretty much all around the world. It has greater expression in some countries than in others, but adherence has increased over the years.

Learn more about the History of Halloween here

There was a time in which horror movies were my genre. Films such as “The Conjuring” or “Friday the 13th” were among my favourites. Occasionally, I’d give them a watch around Halloween.

That feels like ages ago though. I was a sensitive in the closet and a hopeless romantic in denial. I’d stick to the horror genre as an attempt to remain tough. What a load of bollocks. 

Since I began to embrace more parts of myself, I stopped watching such films. I spend most of the time contorting myself. More often than not, I have to look away or cover my eyes.

So long story short, today I still love to watch Halloween-themed movies but I opt for lighter ones. I choose films that are a bit scary but also high on fun and magic.

I think this also reflects how my attitude toward Halloween has changed. I look forward to celebrating it more now than I used to. Maybe I learned to appreciate the fun and whimsical parts of it.

Time Travel to The 90s

Halloween also makes me go back in time. In Portugal, we knew very little about Halloween. Most of us would only hear about it in 5th grade. That’s when English was introduced into the school curriculum.

For Halloween, we had to come up with an original paperboard presentation. We were required to use English words such as cat, pumpkin, and ghost.

That was the late 90s and today I’m sharing three movies from that time too. Let me know if you already watched any of these or have other fun suggestions to add to this list.

Practical Magic (1999)

The movie follows two sisters who are born with peculiar gifts. Magic runs in their blood. However, that’s not the only thing that runs in their family. A curse says every Owen family’s woman who falls in love will see their beloved meet death. Find out how these two sisters navigate through life and manage their gifts in this great movie from the 90s.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

This movie revolves around the story of a boy who moves to Salem with his family. Salem is famous for its 1692 witch trials but that’s not enough to make him like his new home. He accidentally brings the Sanderson sisters back to life, who had been sentenced to death in the 17th century for practising witchcraft. These sisters are up to no good though and the movie is a series of adventures to make them go away again.

Casper (1995)

Casper is our friendly ghost and this is surely a friendly movie to watch on Halloween. It has all the magical elements of the 90s family movies and it also teaches us about some important life principles such as the importance of keeping your word in a friendship and meeting others with kindness. If you are looking for spooky action with a sweet twist, then this movie is for you.

Final Thoughts

Overall, we had great fun watching these movies. They are great options for those who want to get into the spirit of Halloween but are not so much into the gore aspect of it.

Since these titles were part of our community Halloween movie marathon, each session was also very intentional. We benefited from creating the time to sit down and watch them together.

You can also watch and enjoy these by yourself. Turn it into a commitment to yourself. Make it a challenge to add fun and entertainment of quality to your routine.

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