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Frankenstein Luminaries for Halloween

Mason jars become Frankenstein luminaries with this fun Halloween craft project!
Author: Amanda Formaro


  • Glass canning jars with lid bands
  • Acrylic paint: green white, black
  • Paintbrush
  • Large medium, and small round sponge applicators
  • Black marker
  • 2 metal nuts per jar
  • Instant grab glue
  • Clear gloss sealer spray


  • Remove bands from jars, save seals for another project.
  • Paint bands black and jars green; set aside to dry.
  • When dry, paint a second coat on the jars and have a grownup spray the black bands with sealer spray. Set aside to dry.
  • Dip the large round sponge applicator into white paint and dot on the eyes to the front of the jar.
  • Mix a small amount of green paint with some white paint to make a light shade of green. Dip the small round applicator into the green paint and add the nose to the front of the jar.
  • While the eyes and nose are drying, with a light hand so as not to rip through the paint, carefully draw on stitches and a mouth.
  • Use instant grab glue to attach a nut to the side of the jar. Allow it to dry for several minutes before turning the jar over and gluing a nut to the other side. Stand the jar up and let everything dry. You may need to check the nuts and make sure they are sticking. Simply press them back in place if need be.
  • Dip the medium round sponge applicator into black paint and add the pupils to the eyes. Allow them to dry completely.
  • Have a grown up spray the jars with gloss sealer spray, each jar and black band should get three coats, wait 30 minutes between coats.
  • When everything is dry, screw the black bands back onto the jars and add a tea light candle.


For a safer option, you can purchase battery operated tea light candles.
If you don’t have canning jars, you can use any type of recycled glass jar. Simply paint the rim of the jar black in place of a band.
These jars make great holders for your Halloween party table as well. Fill them with pixie sticks, straws, or lollipops!