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Easy Halloween Craft: A Jack-o-lantern Candle that will add a Glow!

Updated on October 13, 2017
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Mickie is a retired librarian who loves to tinker around the house. Everywhere she looks, she sees possibility!

I love this Halloween craft project!

Love the glow of this piece on my mantle.
Love the glow of this piece on my mantle. | Source

Make this Jackolantern Halloween Craft in less than One Hour!

Do you need a quick and easy decorating idea for this coming Halloween? I hope that the jack-o-lantern candle votive craft is just the project you will try. I was able to use a left over Trick-or-treat bag and a square glass vase that I already had on hand. Nothing is easier than using what you already have on the shelves in your home. All it takes is a little imagination and about one hour of your time.

Voila! A cute Halloween Jack-o-lantern Decoration that can be used year after year. (Of course, you could adapt this decoupage craft for ANY holiday.)

If you have: Paper Halloween Treat Bags, parchment paper (the parchment paper gave the candle a nice soft glow), a glass container/vase, white Craft Glue or ModPodge, and a Candle------I would recommend one of the new LED candles that are available. So much safer than a lit candle when you have little goblins in your home.

If you have these supplies, then you can make this very easy Halloween Jackolantern craft!

So, what are you waiting for -- Halloween? October 31st will be here before you know it. Get crafting!

All images of this jack-o-lantern craft are mine, Mickie_G.

A square vase to use for this Halloween Craft:

5" Square Glass Vase - 5 Inch Clear Cube Centerpiece - 5x5x5 Candleholder
5" Square Glass Vase - 5 Inch Clear Cube Centerpiece - 5x5x5 Candleholder

This is a clear version of the amber colored vase I used. Of course you could always go to your nearest "dollar store" and find some clear vases to use to make this project. You could also find some treat bags to use as decoupage pieces. I think that this square vase is ideal for making the jack-o-lantern candle.

I thank you in advance for any purchase you make as a result of clicking on the Amazon links on this page.


Step one:

Jackolantern Trick or Treat Bag that I used to make my candle holder/votive.
Jackolantern Trick or Treat Bag that I used to make my candle holder/votive. | Source

Step 1: Jack-o-lantern Candle Craft Project

Cut out the Halloween pattern you have chosen for your project. I used a trick-or-treat bag for mine--the simpler the design, the easier it is to cut out. Remember to save a copy of how the Jackolantern face was laid out by taking a picture before you cut it up. It will make it easier to assemble it on the glass container or candle.

You could also find some treat bags to use as decoupage pieces. I think that this square vase is ideal for making the jack-o-lantern candle. If you decide not to reuse it for next year, just soak off the paper and find something else to do with this versatile vase. Hmmm...put some small ornaments in it for the Christmas holidays!

Step 2:

Choose wisely for this Halloween Project
Choose wisely for this Halloween Project | Source

Step 2 for this Easy Halloween Decoration:

Using the pattern on the original bag, lay out your the pieces for the Jackolantern face. Find a candle or container that is the correct size for your craft project. The candle you see here is 5 inches tall and wide.

I am going to use Flicker Flame LED Real Wax Candles With a Remote Control (how handy!)

for safety's sake, however!

Remember that the vase I used for this project was amber, but a clear vase will work just as well.

Step 3:

Lay out the Jack o lantern face on your  container
Lay out the Jack o lantern face on your container | Source

Step 3 for making this Crafty Halloween Decoration:

A Jack-o-lantern Votive, if you want to call it that.

Lay out the Jackolantern face on your container. Then glue the pieces in place with a fairly strong glue, like "Tacky" glue or Mod Podge.

I used Tacky Glue for my Halloween Votive because I already had it on hand. I just found a container and squeezed the glue into it then began adding water a little at a time until it got to the consistency I needed.

I have a link to Amazon, below, where you can purchase the glue you prefer. Thank you in advance for clicking the link--I get a small commission.


A great, all-purpose glue to use for this Halloween project:

Aleene's All Purpose Tacky Glue, 8-Ounce
Aleene's All Purpose Tacky Glue, 8-Ounce

An all-purpose glue that has numerous uses and will save you money in the long run. Note that it is not pH neutral.

I have read many articles about crafting with ModPodge, so I am thinking about adding this wonderful adhesive to my craft shelf. I would recommend that you think about it, too.


Finished! The Jackolantern Votive-- Ready for the Candle -- - Parchment paper behind the Jackolantern face creates a soft glow!

Wilton 415-680 Parchment Paper - 41 Square Feet
Wilton 415-680 Parchment Paper - 41 Square Feet

Use this paper to line your vase or votive to soften the candle light. Then go and line some cookie sheets to make Halloween cookies! There are many recipes that you can find here on Hubpages. If you are not into making cookies, go visit my page about Mummy Halloween Cupcakes:

I decided that parchment paper would soften the candle when it was lit. What do you think about my addition to this Halloween craft project? Again, I used what I had on hand. Yep, the parchment paper is the kind that is used in baking.


Hope you found this spooky craft page fun!

Thank you for visiting my spooky Halloween candle craft page. I hope you enjoyed it and consider creating the jack-o-lantern project I have shared with you. Remember, you can adapt this crafty idea for any holiday you choose. Just look around your house to find inspiration. If you did like the ideas, please consider clicking on the "heart" icon and sharing this Halloween Candle Craft page on social media sites like Pinterest. Also, I do appreciate any purchases you make on Amazon as a result of clicking this links on this page.

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    • esmonaco profile image

      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      How very creative, this is something I can do with my grandsons, as they love to do crafts!

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      7 years ago

      These are awesome! I love Halloween crafts. Great lens.

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      7 years ago

      Cute idea, I think I can do this! Halloween is just around the corner too! =^..^=

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      SuperZoe LM 

      8 years ago

      This is such a great idea! I love it and a great way to use some of my boring looking candle holders, thanks for this lens!

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      8 years ago from Rhode Island

      I want to give this a try Love it a wonderful lens thank you

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      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      This is so cute! Love the way the candlelight looks through that gorgeous amber glass and it works perfectly with the pumpkin / jack o' lantern stencil. Wish I still had angel wings. :)

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      Yvonne L B 

      8 years ago from Covington, LA

      Very original! You've inspired me.

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      8 years ago

      Congratulations! You've been SquidBoo Blasted. Happy Halloween!


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