Halloween Craft: Jack-o-Lantern Luminaries


Hi, friends!  I'm Amy, aka One Artsy Mama, and I'm thrilled to be here today to share a quick and easy kids' Halloween craft with you! Fall is just around the corner, which means Halloween is too. I don't know about your kids, but my son is already anxious to wear his costume and get himself some goodies. I try to reason with him and tell him that knocking on your neighbors' doors in September while wearing a cat costume isn't going to get you anything, but he's so darn cute that it actually might.

In any case, here's a fun, slightly messy, and totally inexpensive activity you can do with your Little Crafters to help you get ready for the holiday!

halloween craft

Jack-o-Lantern Luminaries


You probably already have most of these on hand already!

  • glass votive holder/vase {you can use any size or style you like, as long as it's round-ish to resemble a pumpkin}
  • orange tissue paper
  • black construction paper
  • Mod Podge
  • scissors
  • sponge brush
  • battery operated candle

Luminary materials


Step 1: Cut or tear your tissue paper into small strips. Paint a thin coat of Mod Podge directly onto the glass and apply a piece of tissue paper on top. Continue, overlapping the tissue paper slightly, until all glass is covered.

Pumpkin Luminary

Step 2: Cut three triangles and a smile from your black construction paper. Adhere them on top of the tissue paper with Mod Podge to form the Jack-o-Lantern's face.

Step 3: Apply a coat of Mod Podge over the entire thing to seal it and give a glossy finish.


Step 4: Let it dry completely, then insert your battery-operated candle to light it up, and enjoy!


It's fun making these in a variety of shapes and sizes. My son had fun using some leftover tea light holders I had and creating these for some of his grownup friends. How cute are they?!

Baby Luminary

This is so easy to do and kids will love watching them light up! What are some of your favorite ways to decorate for Halloween?


Oh, and I can't resist showing you a peek at that cute little Cat in the Hat who is counting down the days...

Cat in the Hat

Melt my heart! Anyway, thanks for letting me share with you today. I'd love for you to stop by One Artsy Mama to see more fun kids crafts, as well as home decor, jewelry, crochet, and paint projects and more!

What are your favorite Halloween crafts?

Hugs & Glitter,


profile125 Amy Latta is the author of One Artsy Mama, where she shares a variety of project types including home decor, kids' crafts, sewing, jewelry, and more.  Recently, she published her first e-book, Crochet 101. Amy runs an online blogging course and will be speaking about Growing and Engaging Your Community at BloggyConference 2013.  She is happiest when creating something and enjoys making all kinds of projects with her 5 year old "Little Crafter." In her spare time, Amy is a professional ballroom, latin, and swing dancer.  When not on the dance floor or crafting, you can probably find her at Starbucks.
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