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The 12 Days of Halloween-Part 4- Jack O’ Lantern!

On the 4th Day of Halloween my true love said to meeee…4 Jack O’ Lantern, 3 creepy spiders, 2 friendly ghosts…lots of candy in a bag-eeee!

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Today’s project is very simple to do and you can use your creativity to make even cooler designs. All you need is an empty jar (like tomato sauce, olives, whatever), some paint, brushes, hammer, nail, yarn/ribbon/rope, tape, a sharpie and a box cutter/blade. Don’t forget the candle! (electronic only please! You can get them online here).

I will show you how to make a Jack O’ Lantern out of a glass jar. But you can make any other Halloween designs you want. Maybe a vampire? Or a friendly ghost, a candy corn with googly eyes? A black cat?

There are so many options and they are only limited by your creativity. So let’s get to it.

Prepping Jack O’ Lantern

The first thing you want to do is remove all the labels. Easy to do with some soaking in warm water and if there is any left over glue you can use alcohol to remove it. Dry the jar and top completely.

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Choose your design and mark it with a sharpie. In this case, I drew eyes and a mouth with some funny teeth to represent Jack O’ Lantern.

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Then I covered the eye and mouth with tape. Using a box cutter I contoured the eyes and mouth to cut of the excess tape.

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The goal of the tape is to protect the areas I don’t want the paint to cover. This will allow the glass to remain clear and the candle light to shine through.

Now for the jar lid, you will need a hammer and a nail to pierce two holes onto the lid so you can add a handle to your lantern. But don’t add the rope just yet.

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PAINTING JACK

Since I am making a Jack O’ Lantern, I painted the lid green. But if you decide to make a vampire, paint the top black for the hair. Or white for a ghost and so on.

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 As for the jar, I painted it orange just like a pumpkin. You should paint over everything inclujack-o-lantern-orange-jar-amigas4allding over the tape. Paint as many coats as necessary to cover the whole thing. If you want it a little more transparent you can use one coat of paint only.

I used acrylic paint for a good coverage but you can make it extra special with glass paint and the glass will be clear but with a tint of the color you chose for your design.

Finishing touches for JAck O’ Lantern

After the paint dries, remove the tape carefully to reveal the clear glass for the eyes and mouth. As for the lid, run your choice of handle (ribbon/rope/yarn) through the holes and tie a double knot under the lid on both ends.

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I chose this cute ribbon for my handle. But here are some more Halloween choices of ribbon for the handle.

Now, since this will be a closed jar, you must use an electronic candle. A regular candle will not remain lit without oxygen (lid closed).

If you insist on lighting a real candle then don’t use a lid and you will need to tie the handle a little differently to make sure the glass doesn’t slide off the rope or the rope catches on fire.

If you are using it as a table top then you don’t need a handle and a real candle should be ok. But watch out for heat. I think it’s safest with the e-candle. Especially, if there are kids around.

If you are skipping the lid then you can just decorate the screw top part of the jar with a ribbon for a nice finish. Or simply paint that part as if it were the top (for example, a green stripe to represent the top of the pumpkin.

And heeeeere’s Jack! With lights on and off for a special Halloween mood!

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Hang your cool Jack O’ Lantern in a prominent spot and get ready to brag! I’m sure the kids will love it!

The best part is: You can use it again next year!

See you tomorrow for another fun Halloween project!

Cheers!

 

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The 12 Days of Halloween

On the first day of Halloween my true love said to meeeee…A lot of candies in a bag-eeee! (I know. I was trying to rhyme!).

Wait a minute, lady! October first was yesterday and you’re starting the 12 days of Halloween on the second of October? YES!! I AM!!

There is a good reason for that. The 12th day of Halloween ends on the 13th! MUA-HAHA!

It’s that time of the year again where ghouls and ghosts abound. It’s time to decorate the house and bring out the coolest indoor and outdoor decor. Pumpkins, skulls, bones, witches all around!

In this series, the plan is to give you 12 cool ideas for your Halloween decor.

These will be simple projects that you can do with items that you may have around or you can buy them at the craft store. I found of lot of these items online and you don’t even have to leave the house. Great huh?!

Anyway, today we are going to talk about ideas. Isn’t the whole series about decor ideas? Yes! BUT…

The Big Picture

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The first day of Halloween will be about the big picture, that is, what exactly are you going to do for Halloween this year? Are you planning to have a party at your house or just decorate it but go to someone else’s party?

Or are you just going to trick or treat with the kids and all you care about is an easy costume that you can make with stuff from your closet (or linen cabinet)?

When planning the big picture make sure that you write down your ideas for this year. Make a list of costume ideas, foods to serve at your party or that you want to take to someone else’s party.

Add ideas about creepy looking drinks or snacks. A lot of them can be bought online. Check out these Unfortunate Fortune Cookies. So cool!

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And I will be serving it on this fabulous looking cookie jar from World Market (Sorry but I love that place!). I can’t wait to see the faces of my guests when they open their fortune er, “unfortunate” cookie!

Theme

Aside from costumes and food, pick a theme for your party and/or home decor.

If you have been following my blog you’ve probably seen my home bar (check it out!). The theme is “Day of the Dead”.

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The inspiration was a napkin I found online (here, if you’re curious) and from there I decorated my bar with all things “Day of the Dead“. I have a fabulous Catrina doll made of porcelain and she takes a prominent spot in my bar.

I also found a skeleton apron (very appropriate!)

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and coasters you can learn to make here (click link)

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and even a bottle of wine with Day of the Dead mariachis. Isn’t that the coolest thing?!!

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Decor

You can pick any theme: ghosts, creepy super-heroes, skeletons, vampires, the sky is the limit. Once you pick a theme, then develop a plan for the decor. Do you want things hanging on your windows, if so what exactly? Do you want things on the wall or just on top of the furniture?

Don’t forget to decorate the light fixtures (cobwebs are a good way to “creepify” the house. Also spiders, hanging bats or skeletons.

For the party, don’t forget to pick a cool and creepy table cloth. if you don’t have time to find one you can certainly make one very easily with a “cheapie” from the dollar store (Tomorrow’s tutorial)

Don’t forget the outside!

While you can decorate the yard with the obvious stuff like headstones or Jack o’ lanterns, you can certainly create a very cool Halloween “wonderland” with flashing lights, ghostly figures made of fabric or burlap, or bodies made with black plastic bags and tape and hanging from a tree; more spider webs; tunnels for “trick or treaters” to go through to get to the candy (nothing creepy or you will scare the little ones).

The Most Important Thing of Them All: Halloween Candy!

Finally, don’t forget the candy. Make sure the presentation is fun. Don’t just wait ’til the kids ring the bell: Get a cool receptacle like a trunk with dry ice or a fog machine for a spookylicious effect.

Or try putting a table or an over sized box in front of the gate or front door and dress it with a black table cloth with a bowl on top. Cut up a hole on the table (or a board over 2 chairs – let’s not destroy good furniture).

Then cut up a hole on the bowl too so a person under the table or box can hand out candy to the kids as if the hand was inside the bowl! Try wearing a black glove or a creepy plastic glove for a special “trick”. This is much cooler (and cheaper) than buying those animatronic bowls (but if you insist on getting those you can find them here). Don’t forget to cut up some holes in the back for you to breathe, of course!

So there, day one of the 12 Days of Halloween is all about the planning.

To Recap:

  • Decide the “Big Picture” – Party? Theme? Costume? What/Who? What to Serve?
  • Narrow Down the Food and Decor. Creepy foods and drinks are cool. Also, creepify the house!
  • Presentation is key. Use creativity when serving foods. Trunks, skulls shaped bowls will give the party an extra twist.
  • Don’t forget the candy. Do I really have to explain this one?!  😆 

Tomorrow, we will work on the first project: Customizing a table cloth!

Mua-haha.