Halloween Lanterns

Today I’m going to share with you a fun outdoor decoration that really brings a ton of character and cuteness to your front yard. I tend to decorate for Halloween with cute things, despite my husband’s protest so these fit right in.

Where to Buy the Supplies…

Mason Jars (I used a mix of small and large ones and bought mine at Meijer on sale, you can get them anywhere)
Spray Paint (I used Rust-Oleum 2X Ultracover in a lime green, orange and white)
Outdoor Clear Coat Protectant (Also Rust-Oleum. Just make sure it’s for outdoor use and has UV protection to prevent fading)
Black acrylic paint
Solar Powered Mason Jar Lids
Wide Mouth Solar Powered Mason Jar Lids

How to Make the Halloween Lanterns…

This project is so simple! I spray painted all of the jars in various colors of green, orange and white. I followed the directions on the can and did a couple of coats with time in between for them to dry. I found it was easiest to stick my hand in the mouth of the jar and spray around it. You might want to wear gloves while spray painting otherwise your hand will end up like this and it’s not very easy to get off, lol. Lessons learned…


Once they were dry, I used my black acrylic paint and painted different faces on all of them. After the faces were dry, I coated the jars in a couple coats of clear, protectant spray to make sure the paint would be protected from the sun and the weather. This is my third year using these and they still look the same as the did the day I made them, so don’t skip that step!


When I first made these jars, I used battery operated candles but they didn’t emit enough light to make them stand out. Next year I discovered these solar powered mason jar lights and it was perfect! They are a little pricy but these light up so brightly every night, it was well worth it. This is my second year using the solar powered lights and they are still going strong. That’s it! Just a few simple steps to make adorable mason jars to decorate your yard. Here you can get an idea of what it looks like in your yard:



Side Note: Be careful where you put them! I had them on my stairs the first Halloween and the first set of trick-or-treaters knocked one down the stairs and broke it. Just be mindful of where you put them so no one gets hurt and also so you can keep them around for a while. 

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