Easy Mason Jar Halloween Luminaries ~ These easy to make mason jar Halloween luminaries provide extra light along a walkway making things a little safer and prettier on Halloween night!
In a few days Halloween will be here. I just picked up the treats for the kids today. I try not to buy them too early because inevitably we all start to sneak a few here and there and before you know it a pretty big dent has been made and I have to go out and buy some more. Do you have that problem too?
Another problem I have is that I never know how much to buy. The first year we moved into this house I underestimated and the one hundred treats I bought were not enough to last the evening. My husband had to rush to the store to buy more. Other years I bought loads of treats and as the evening ended I had to give handfuls to the kids because I didn’t want any leftovers in the house. Another option is Costco. They will take returns on unopened packages and refund your money with no questions and another option is to donate the extra treats to the food bank or fire department.
I think the reason why the numbers of kids that came to the door went down the past few years is because of the house across the street.
They are wonderful neighbours and every year the Mrs. spends the entire day preparing the front yard and the walkway up to the house with a very spooky vignette with all kinds of fabulous special effects. The Mr. even made a life-size coffin and the teenage son stands in it ready to scare any trick-or-treaters. They have all kinds of decorations like life size witches and ghosts, a fog machine, special lighting and sound effects.. It really helps that the Mrs. is a professional artist. Then as the son and daughter got older they hosted a Halloween party after the trick-or-treaters stopped coming for the evening. It was always well supervised and looked like it was a lot of fun!
As if it was magic, the next day everything was cleaned up on the front lawn and put away for next year. It was a lot of work put into one evening but this family clearly had a lot of fun with this spooky celebration.
As a result, most of the kids went across the street and I tended just to get the little ones because my house was not scary at all. That’s why it was unpredictable how much candy to buy.
Sadly, this family moved away in the Spring and I have to admit I’m going to miss the grand Halloween display they put on every year.
I don’t decorate too much for Halloween. I have always been scared of the spooky aspect of Halloween ever since I was young. I explain my Halloween fears in the post Bat Themed Halloween Rag Wreath. Instead I just make sure there’s adequate lighting for the kids and my house looks really welcoming.
I’m quite excited to share how to make these easy Mason jar Halloween luminaries. They are quick and fun to make and they create inexpensive extra lighting for the trick-or-treaters coming up to the door on Halloween night.
What makes them so easy? They are made from purchased fabric Halloween treat bags, a mason jar, a stabilizer in the bottom of the jar, a battery operated votive candle and that’s it. Super easy and super quick and super inexpensive.
I was able to buy the Halloween themed fabric treat bags at Michaels for a clearance price. I bought six of them for $1.00 each. I had the mason jars in the house. It depends on where you are going to use the luminaries. If they are going to be used indoors the black turtle beans will work really well. But if they are going to be used outdoors the black pebbles or the clear plastic decorative filler that I bought at the dollar store will work better. I also want to add that for safety reasons the only kind of tea light that should be used is a battery operated one. A real candle with a burning flame would cause a fire hazard and burning potential with the fabric.
Materials for Easy Mason Jar Halloween Luminaries per jar…
- 500 ml (1 pint) glass Mason jar
- about half a jar of one of the following: black decorative pebbles or black turtle beans or clear plastic decorative filler
- battery operated tea light
- Halloween themed fabric treat bag
Instructions for Easy Mason Jar Halloween Luminaries
Fill Mason jar with decorative filler of your choice about half full.
Place battery operated tea light on top of the decorative filler.
Place Mason jar inside Halloween themed fabric treat bag.
I made six of these easy Halloween themed fabric luminaries.
I’m not quite sure where I am going to place them yet. It depends on the weather. If it’s not too windy I thought I would hang them on the bare branches of the Choke Cherry tree in my front yard. That will look really cool to have these twinkle lights hanging in a tree.
I may place them in front of the outdoor fall planters I made and have in front of the garage.
Or I might place them along the front walkway to add some light and Halloween décor for the trick-or-treaters coming to the front door on Halloween night.
Wherever I place them I know that they will be super easy to make and add a nice Halloween decorative touch on Halloween night!
Here are some other decorative projects for Halloween you might be interested in too…
What decorative things do you do for Halloween?