the monster mash

by @according2kelly on October 13, 2011

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mason jars, a little bit of tissue paper, a whole lot of mod podge, a tea light or two… & you have hallowen-inspired mason jar lanterns – perfect for your holiday monster mash, & a super easy halloween craft.

i was working in the lab late one night, when my eyes beheld an eerie sight
for my monster from his slab began to rise, and suddenly to my surprise

he did the mash, he did the monster mash
the monster mash, it was a graveyard smash
he did the mash, it caught on in a flash
he did the mash, he did the monster mash

from my lab in the castle east, to the master bedroom where the vampires feast
the ghouls all came from their humble abodes, to get a jolt from my electrodes

they did the mash, they did the monster mash
the monster mash, it was a graveyard smash
they did the mash, it caught on in a flash
they did the mash, they did the monster mash

halloween mason jar lantern

instructions: grab your favorite mason jar. using mod podge apply strips of tissue paper to the outside of the jar. using the template below, or after drawing your own, cut your “monster faces” out of black construction paper (or use white paper that you colored black like i did) & glue to the newly-tissue-papered jars using pod podge. wrap the metal lid band in your fabric halloween-inspired ribbon or fabric & you have your very own monster. drop in a tea light (i preferred the battery operated ones), remove the lid & use it for a spooky lantern. or, fill it with some yummy treats, seal up the top & you’ve got a boo-tiful gift, ready for giving.

wanna use my halloween mason jar lantern templates? click on the picture, then right click on the larger picture & save it to your desktop.  print, cut out & trace onto black paper (simply color in the drawing using a black sharpie), cut out & mod podge onto your mason jar.

34 comments
priscilla23b
priscilla23b

thank you thank you! Did this with my daughter today! She had fun and they came out adorable!!

JenniferTornetta
JenniferTornetta

whenever i try to use tissue paper with the modpoge it tears...am i doing something wrong?

Kelly
Kelly

My girls and I just made one. It is adorable and easy. This will be the kid craft for a party this weekend. Thank You!!

Danyalle
Danyalle

What size Mason Jar did you use to make yours? Thanks :)

Clutterhome
Clutterhome

This is AWESOME! I've got a serious Mason jar obsession. Wish I had seen this a month ago, but now I've got a Christmas idea :) Thanks for sharing!

Susan
Susan

LOVE this! I have to find time this weekend to do it with my kids. Thanks for the idea.

sara
sara

I've seen these in a magazine, but yours look even better :-)

doray
doray

dumb questions -- did you put the tissue paper on the outside or inside of the jar? i love this

amber
amber

I gave this project a try with my kids, and they turned out wonderfully!

Linda
Linda

So CutE aNd ScaRy!

Skelly
Skelly

You're a spirited bloke I have to say so I will.

Doris
Doris

Very cute!!! Do the lids have holes in them, so that the candles have enough oxygen? Thanks! Doris

Melissa
Melissa

It's obvious that I am the least skilled crafter here, because everyone else seems to completely understand the concept. My question is, is the tissue paper on the inside or the outside of the mason jar. If it's in the inside, how did you get it in there so nicely?

Mindy
Mindy

I've seen this done with paint. Just pour some paint into the jar. Roll the jar around until the inside is covered with paint. Then you can add the face shapes on the outside of the jar. Actually I was thinking if I just taped the face parts on I could use the jars for other holidays as well. Just change the design on the outside.

Family of Seven
Family of Seven

These are so creative! I've never seen such a great looking alternative to the traditional jack o' lantern. :-) Love 'em.

Rachael
Rachael

Love this easy peasy decor idea! Check our Twitter page later because we'll be tweeting about it. Take Care, Rachael A.C. Moore

Leasa
Leasa

So very cute. I love these jars and think I could make a few of these last minute.

chels
chels

Turned out cute :) See... we can still (Kind of) craft together far away!

angie
angie

love the lanterns

kamben
kamben

So cute! I needed a fun and easy project for my 2 and 4 year olds. Thanks! I also LOVE the Halloween quilt. Wish I could find fun fabric like that in Hawaii.

marni
marni

I love these! I would love for you to stop by Sassy Sites and link this project up to our JAR projects linkup party!! :)

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

haha! after i saw that magazine i JUST knew i had to post about it again!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

not dumb at all. & YES! apply tissue paper to outside of the jar!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

love hearing that! i love being able to craft WITH the kiddos!

Kelly
Kelly

Doris - I only used the screw bands (which I put ribbon around, to give it a bit more spunk) & removed the actual lids so there would be enough oxygen. Although, because my kids are so little, I actually used the fake, battery operated tea lights this year!

Kelly
Kelly

No worries. the tissue paper is on the OUTSIDE of the jars. I cut strips of tissue paper & mod podged them onto the outside of the jars. Then I cut the faces out with black construction paper & mod podged them too. Easy Peasy. If you have any questions, let me know. they are super easy - no matter how skilled a crafter you are.

Judi
Judi

Melissa, it would have to be on the outside. You wouldn't want a candle burning in these with mod podge and and tissue paper on the inside.

Doris
Doris

What a clever idea, so you still get the look of the ribbon around the edge of the lid! Thank you! Doris

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