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Halloween Mason Jar Luminaries

Learn how to make these simple DIY Halloween mason jar luminaries to make your entryway fun and festive while staying on a budget.

Halloween Mason Jar Luminary on a Sidewalk

I’ve never been a big Halloween decorator. I don’t tend to lean toward the spooky or creepy, so I’ve kind of just skipped over decorating for the scary holiday altogether.

But if I can make it beautiful? Oh, I’m all over that! So if you’re looking to add a pretty spin to your Halloween (or could use some cute centerpieces!), these simple mason jar + lace luminaries are for you. Let’s get crafting!

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How to Make Halloween Luminaries Step-by-Step

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supplies needed to make Halloween luminaries

1. Cover each jar with decoupage.

I began by putting a layer of decoupage on the entire outside of my mason jar. My method wasn’t particularly scientific for this. I just made sure the whole thing was covered so that the lace would adhere to the jar easily.

mason jar covered with decoupage

2. Wrap the lace around the jar.

Then I took a piece of lace that was slightly taller than the mason jar and slightly longer than the circumference and wrapped it around the jar. The lace looked like a lace tube at this point, but don’t worry! It will end up being a perfect fit.

black lace wrapped around a mason jar

3. Add another layer of decoupage.

To make sure the lace stayed in place on the jar, I put another layer of decoupage on top of the lace. I also painted some on the bottom of the jar as well so I could attach the lace there.

black lace wrapped around mason jar and decoupaged

4. Fold the excess lace onto the bottom of the jar.

Next, I pressed the excess lace down on the bottom of the mason jar, painting over it with decoupage to help it stay in place. My beautiful luminaries were starting to take shape!

Mason jar with black lace wrapped around it to create a halloween luminary

5. Dry completely and trim.

I let the decoupage dry for 24 hours to make sure the lace stayed firmly in place. (Hey, that rhymes!) Then I trimmed the lace at the top of the jar so that it stopped right under the area where the lid twists on, looking neat and tidy.

mason jar with black lace wrapped around it to create Halloween luminaries

6. Embellish the mason jar luminaries with ribbon.

Finally, I wrapped a piece of thin gold ribbon around the top of the jar where the lace ended, securing it in the back with some hot glue.

Mason jar with black lace wrapped around it and a gold ribbon around the neck of the jar, creating Halloween Mason Jar Luminaries

7. Enjoy your Halloween mason jar luminaries!

With that, my Halloween mason jar luminaries were complete, and I could take them outside to adorn our sidewalk and welcome trick-or-treaters!

close up of the luminaries lining the walkway outside with the candles lit

That’s it– it really was such an easy project!

For the bridal shower centerpieces, I made 12 large mason jars, 8 standard sized jars, 8 jelly jars, and 2 mini jars, and it only took one afternoon + drying time. Quick and simple, plus the obvious perk of serving multiple functions! Win!

I think these jars will be a beautiful way to greet trick-or-treaters on Halloween, but who am I kidding… they’ll only be worried about the candy! Oh well, maybe their moms will enjoy them! 😀

close up of a mason jar Halloween luminary with the candle lit

If you’re like me and aren’t super into scary decorating for Halloween, these simple mason jar luminaries are a great way to add a beautiful touch to an otherwise creepy holiday. They definitely have me thinking about other ways to create Halloween decor that can be pretty too!

wrapped Halloween mason jar luminaries lining the sidewalk outside

luminary variations

  • Feel free to swap out the black lace for a different color or fabric to match another occasion or holiday.
  • Instead of using glass mason jars, go with white bags and let the kids decorate!
  • Use faux tea light candles to cut down on safety hazards. Some even have remotes, so it would be easy to enjoy these all season.

I hope these pretty mason jars gave you some ideas to incorporate into your own Halloween decor! Happy crafting!

Easy Halloween Luminaries

Halloween Mason Jar Luminaries | JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com

Materials

  • Scissors
  • Decoupage {I used matte finish.}
  • Thin Gold Ribbon
  • Hot Glue Gun + Glue Sticks
  • Mason Jar {The wide mouth kind worked well because it was easier to put in the candles.}
  • Paint Brush
  • Lace

Instructions

  1. Cover each jar with decoupage. Do these one at a time so the decoupage doesn't dry before you are finished decorating.
  2. Take a piece of lace that is slightly taller than the mason jar and slightly longer than the circumference and wrap it around the jar.
  3. Paint another layer of decoupage over the lace and on the bottom of the jar.
  4. Press the excess lace down on the bottom of the mason jar, painting over it with decoupage to help it stay in place.
  5. Let the decoupage dry for 24 hours, then trim the lace at the top of the jar so that it stops right under the area where the lid twists on.
  6. Wrap a piece of thin gold ribbon around the top of the jar where the lace ended, securing it in the back with some hot glue.

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Mason Jar Luminaries for Halloween

Do you go all out for Halloween? Or do you prefer to keep it minimal?

Thank you so much for following along! Have a wonderful day!

Abby Lawson at Abby Organizes, justagirlandherblog.com

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12 Comments

  1. Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer says:

    These are awesome. I seriously might be stealing this idea! XO

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you, friend! Steal away! 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  2. Lindsay Eidahl says:

    These are so cute! I love the way they look on your front walkway.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you so much, Lindsay! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  3. Simple idea but they look great, definitely great to put out at halloween 🙂

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks so much, Nadine! Have a great day!

      ~Abby =)

  4. Kathi weaver says:

    Alexa has tutored me…….love seeing your mason jar candles again!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Yay! So glad you figured it out! It was great to see you guys at the shower! Hope everyone is doing well!

      ~Abby =)

  5. Emily, Our house now a home says:

    I love this, this project is yet another reason I feel justified in having so many mason jars around the house. There are sooooo many uses for them! I like this idea, a not so typical way to make it feel spooky and Haloween-ish!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      I agree! Mason jars are good for so many things! Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Emily! Have a great day!

      ~Abby =)

  6. Are these safe for real burning candles , or are you using battery candles ?

    1. justagirlabby says:

      I used real votives and they were fine. The lace is on the outside of the jar, so it wouldn’t come in contact with the flame. If you were worried about it, you could definitely used battery operated ones. Have a great weekend!

      ~Abby =)

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