If you love pumpkins as much as I do, this pumpkin mason jar is a perfect fall idea. This jack o’ lantern is really easy to paint!
Skills Required: Beginner. You should have some experience with craft paint since glass painting is a little bit trickier than painting on wood. If you’ve never painted on glass before, just take it slowly.
Every fall I present myself a challenge – what pumpkin craft can I do this year? What will be a little fun . . . and a little awesome? And of course, it needs to go well with the rest of my fall decor (and hopefully be kept out through Thanksgiving!).
I’ve been wanting to play with glass paint and so I figured I’d apply some to a mason jar and see what happened.
I knew I wanted orange stripes, and the stripes turned into a pumpkin . . . and don’t you love it how craft projects evolve? This one definitely did, and I’ve got the process for you. It’s very easy to make your own pumpkin lantern with glass paint.
Pumpkin Mason Jar Craft
Gather These Supplies
- Glass jar with a wide mid-section
- Martha Stewart Glass Paint – I used the Mace Frost Translucent and the Beetle Black Gloss (you can use other glass paint or even chalk paint)
- FolkArt Enamel Paint – I used Evergreen
- Martha Stewart Adhesive Stencils – Bold Sans Alphabet – you can also cut the shapes out of adhesive vinyl or adhesive stencil material
- Martha Stewart Patterning Tape – 1/4″
- Craft knife
To get my stripes even on the jar, I used a very non-scientific method. I put stencil tape around the middle of the jar. Then I peeled it off and placed it on top of my ruler.
I discovered that the circumference of the jar was 14″ around the middle, so I decided to make my stripes 1″ apart. I marked the tape every 1″ with a pencil – then I peeled it back up and placed it around the middle of the jar again.
Every pencil mark, I placed a piece of tape vertically until there were stripes all the way around the jar – then I cut away my horizontal piece of tape. All I had left was vertical stripes. I proceed to tap the Frost paint all of the jar with a spouncer. I gave it one coat and then went back around and did it again.
When it dried, I peeled the tape off. I learned a fancy little trick to help peel the tape away and get clean lines (and not pull up the glass paint). Score it with the craft knife on both sides of the tape. It pulls up so easily!
Since my jar wanted to be a pumpkin, I painted the lid green and gave him a face with some stencils and black glass paint.
Here’s our pumpkin mason jar friend again. I used an LED votive rather than a candle to light him up. That way I can keep the lid screwed on. I love him!
If you enjoy this fall mason jar project, I’d love for you to check out these other ideas: