Get your house Halloween ready by making your own ghoul-worthy luminaries. From the classic paper bag variety to spooky disembodied hands, the crafting possibilities surrounding these Halloween decorations are endless. Keep reading to get glowing.

Sugar Skull Mason Jars

These glowing sugar skull mason jars are not only easy to make, but you'll be able to keep them up even after Halloween is over. Head over to Dream a Little Bigger for the tutorial. 

Glowing Monsters

If you’ve got Mason jars left over from canning—all you need is a little eerie inspiration. Nicole at Life’s a Batch blogged about her creepy creations including Frankenstein’s Monster (with foam earplugs for bolts), candy corn, spider and bat lanterns. Just add a tea light or battery light for a grisly glow. See the tutorial by clicking here


Paper Bag Pumpkins

These luminaries from Smile Mercantile are a bit more involved, but the payoff is well worth it. We love that they’re made out of paper bags—perfect for a shabby-chic Halloween display. To get the full instructions, click here.


Skeleton Hands

Think outside the box (or bag, or mason jar) with Taryn Williford’s fun idea. These luminaries add a touch of spookiness without being too creepy. Find out how they’re made by clicking here.


Flame-Free Ghosts

These super cute luminaries from Crayons & Collars are easy to make and safe, too. You won’t have to worry about keeping them out of reach of kids and pets since there’s no fire involved, and your little crafters will have a blast drawing wacky faces on the luminaries. To get all the details, click here.


Word Art Lanterns

Get inspired by Three Different Directions to turn clear buckets into bold luminaries. Spell out “BOO” with alphabet stickers, or use felt to make jack-o-lantern faces. To get all the details, click here.


Wine Bottle Candy Corn

Set aside a few wine bottles to make this neat craft from Saved by Love Creations. Candy corn fans will appreciate seeing this light up your porch. To find out how they’re made, click here.


Milk Bottle Skulls

Save your milk bottles to make these fun lights from Dollar Store Crafts. Since they’re on the smaller side, make a bunch and you'll have a mini army of lit-up skulls. To get the instructions, click here.


Glowing Mummy Jars

Another easy-peasy to make mummy craft, this one by A Little Yum packs a punch when the lights go down. Because really, why have a plain mummy when you can have a glowing one?

— Susie Foresman



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