Pumpkin Jar Craft

I am so excited that October is finally here and we can start doing some Halloween crafts around our house! This PUMPKIN JAR CRAFT was inspired by the Jam Jar Fairy Houses we made last Spring. It’s a very similar concept! While many people think hot glue guns are just for gluing things together, we like to use them to add texture to our crafts as well. The hot glue gives our pumpkin jars a true, warty pumpkin appearance! I love the way they look with and without jack-o-lantern faces, in the day and at night! Too cute!!!

 

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Materials needed:

  • jars, various sizes
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • acrylic paint
  • green, glitter spray paint
  • battery-operated tea lights

 

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First, decide whether or not you’d like jack-o-lantern faces on your jars. I really liked our mixed…two with, one without. If you’re putting a face on your jar, carefully do that first with the hot glue gun. One great thing about hot glue gun glue: if you make a mistake, simply let the glue cool completely, then peel it off and start again!

 

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Next, fill in the spaces and go around the jar with long, vertical stripes of hot glue. It certainly doesn’t need to be perfect…no two pumpkins are ever alike!

 

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After the glue has cooled completely, paint the inside of the jar yellow, where the face shines through.

 

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Now, paint the exterior of the jar orange. We painted ours with a mix of yellow and orange to give the pumpkins varying hues. Be careful around the face!

 

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The pumpkins without jack-o-lantern faces are perfect for your littles to paint!

 

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As the jars dry, spray your lids with glittery, green spray paint. Do this outside or in a well-ventilated area. If you don’t have spray paint, green acrylics would work fine too!

 

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After the lids have dried, screw them on top your jars and your pumpkin jars are complete! Now for the fun part…find a place to display your pumpkins for everyone to enjoy! At nighttime, place a battery-operated tea light inside each jar to bring your pumpkins to life!

 

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Are they cute or what? Enjoy!!!

6 thoughts on “Pumpkin Jar Craft

  1. Wow, so much fun! I would never have thought to use a glue gun to get that kind of texture! It seems simple enough to accomplish, but really cool results! I like the added detail of the green-painted can lids 🙂

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