Halloween Candle Holders

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Use babyfood jars and this guide to create upcycled Halloween Candle Holders with your littles, perfect for decorating window sills or as nightlights for bedrooms and bathrooms.




Materials You’ll Need

  • Glass Baby Food Jars
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Orange Acrylic Paint
  • Green Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Googley Eyes
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Acrylic Sealer
  • Battery-Operated Tea Lights



Step 1: Clean and Paint Jars

Begin this project by collecting 3 glass baby food jars. Feel free to use other glass or plastic jars, such as mason jars, if you do not have any baby food jars available. Remove and discard any outside label and lid, and thoroughly wash jar inside and out. Set up paints for your littles, and allow them to paint one (1) coat on the outside of each glass jar with acrylic paint. You may dilute the acrylic paint with a little water if need be. The thinner the layer of paint, the more the light will shine through the finished product.




Jack-o-Lantern Pumpkin = Orange Arcylic Paint, (Optional: Paint top rim green.)

Ghost = White Arcylic Paint

Frankenstien’s Monster = Green Acrylic Paint, with Black Acrylic Paint on top rim.


Allow sufficient drying time before continuing.




Step 2: Add Details

Once the first layer of paint is dry, your kiddos can add the finishing touches on their Halloween candle holders using markers, paint, and the ever optional pair of googley eyes.





Jack-o-Lantern Pumpkin = Black marker or paint to create face.

Ghost = Black marker or paint to create face. Googley eyes optional.

Frankenstien’s Monster = Black marker to create face & stitches. Googley eyes optional.


Assist little ones when needed. Using a marker you can outline the faces onto the candle holders for your children to follow with their paintbrushes to make it easier for them. Once again, allow sufficient drying time if needed before continuing.




Step 3: Finish & Display!

To avoid the paint from chipping over time spray the jar with a coat or two of an Acrylic Sealer/Finisher in a clear matte. Once the sealer is dry, you may place a battery-operated tea light inside each jar.



Place the jars in your living room windows, or use them as small nightlights in your children’s bedroom or bathroom as decorative lighting for the Halloween season!


Have you created your own Halloween Candle Holders using this guide? Send us pictures and we’ll share it on our Facebook page!



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