Mason Jar Lanterns

Posted by Jamie
August 11, 2013

From Martha Stewart


  • Clean jars
  • Oil-based enamel paint in black and orange or yellow
  • Paintbrush
  • Extra-wide masking tape
  • Marker
  • Utility knife
  • Plastic-covered 20-gauge wire
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Small candle (such as the LED candle)


  1. Step 1 of 3

    In a well-ventilated area, paint inside of jar orange or yellow until opaque. Apply masking tape to outside. Press out air bubbles. Draw a jack-o’-lantern face in marker on tape (or print out our templates onto adhesive labels). Cut out and peel away features with a utility knife to form a stencil (an adult should do this).

  2. Step 2 of 3

    Paint stencil with black paint. When dry, peel off tape.

  3. Step 3 of 3

    For a handle, loop the end of wire with pliers. Make a lasso shape that will hug jar. Bend remaining wire over for a handle. Cut wire; make another loop to hook onto ring. Slip ring over jar’s mouth; tighten.

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