These baby food jar candles are a fun Halloween craft that are pretty simple to make.  They look really cute in the dark or in the light!

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I kept coming up with Halloween craft ideas using baby food jars after making the Halloween Candy Dishes out of baby food jars with my daughter.  I wanted to make Halloween candles from the jars but I didn’t want to be able to see the candle through the glass.  Below are the directions for making these cute candles that you can use to display as Halloween decorations around your house.  The method I came up with keeps the candle from being seen so all you see is the image when the jar is lit.

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Scarecrow Jar Candle

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Materials:

– Clean Baby food jar (or another type of glass jar)

– Cream-colored cardstock

– Vellum (this is sheer paper that can be found in the scrapbook paper section at Michaels)

– Small hole punch

– Scissors

– Battery-operated candle

 

Directions:

1.  Cut a rectangle strip out of the cardstock that will fit inside the jar when curled around itself.  My strip measured 6 inches by 1-7/8 inches.

2.  In the middle of the rectangle strip you cut, make a scarecrow’s face by cutting a triangle-shaped nose out of the center and using a small hole punch to punch out two eyes and a mouth.  See the picture below.  Using a pencil, I drew the nose and a line to form the smile before punching it out.  I used the opposite side of the rectangle strip as the outside so the pencil lines can’t be seen.

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3.  Cut the same size rectangle strip from the vellum as you did with the cardstock in the first instruction.  This strip will be used behind the cardstock to soften the candle light and to keep the candle from being seen through the holes in the scarecrow’s face.

4. Place the cardstock strip with the scarecrow’s face inside the jar.  You may wish to tape the two edges together.

5.  Place the vellum strip behind the cardstock in the jar.  You may wish to tape its two edges together.

6.  Make the lid.  Follow the instructions from my previous post. to make this lid, but use orange tissue paper and yarn instead of black. The materials for the lid are shown below.

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7.  Place a battery-operated candle inside the jar.  Light the candle.  Replace the lid.  Enjoy!

 

Jack O’ Lantern Jar Candle

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Materials:

– Clean Baby food jar (or another type of glass jar)

– Orange cardstock

– Vellum (this is sheer paper that can be found in the scrapbook paper section at Michaels)

– Pencil

– Scissors

– Battery-operated candle

 

Directions:

1.  Cut a rectangle strip out of the cardstock that will fit inside the jar when curled around itself.  My strip measured 6 inches by 1-7/8 inches.

2.  In the middle of the rectangle strip you cut, draw a jack-o’-lantern face with a pencil.  I made a baby face for mine.  Cut out the face with scissors.

3.  Cut the same size rectangle strip from the vellum as you did with the cardstock in the first instruction.  This strip will be used behind the cardstock to soften the candle light and to keep the candle from being seen through the holes in the jack-o’-lantern face.

4. Place the cardstock strip with the jack-o’-lantern face inside the jar.  You may wish to tape the two edges together.

5.  Place the vellum strip behind the cardstock in the jar.  You may wish to tape its two edges together.

6.  Make the lid.  The instructions for the yarn-wrapped lid are found on my Halloween Candy Dishes post I tried to match the yarn on the lid to the same color orange as the card stock.

7.  Place a battery-operated candle inside the jar.  Light the candle.  Replace the lid.  Enjoy!

 

Ghost Jar Candle

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Materials:

– Clean Baby food jar (or another type of glass jar)

– Black cardstock

– Vellum (this is sheer paper that can be found in the scrapbook paper section at Michaels)

– Pencil

– Scissors

– Battery-operated candle

 

Directions:

1.  Cut a rectangle strip out of the cardstock that will fit inside the jar when curled around itself.  My strip measured 6 inches by 1-7/8 inches.

2.  In the middle of the rectangle strip you cut, draw a ghost with a pencil.  Cut out the ghost with scissors.

3.  Cut the same size rectangle strip from the vellum as you did with the cardstock in the first instruction.  This strip will be used behind the cardstock to soften the candle light and to keep the candle from being seen through the ghost.

4. Place the cardstock strip with the ghost inside the jar.  You may wish to tape the two edges together.

5.  Place the vellum strip behind the cardstock in the jar.  You may wish to tape its two edges together.

7.  Place a battery-operated candle inside the jar.  Light the candle.  Enjoy!

 

There are many other possibilities for Halloween candles using this method.  Please share any ideas you come up with or create here or on my Facebook page! I would love to see pictures of your candles!

 

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Here are two different ideas for making Halloween candles from baby food jars.

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While my daughter and I were making the Halloween Candy Dishes out of baby food jars, I thought it would be neat to also use them as Halloween candles.  However, I didn’t like how you could see the candle easily through the clear glass jar.  I came up with a few different ideas to fix this issue.  In this post, I share two different candle ideas and in my next post I will share the rest of my candle ideas.

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This picture doesn’t do these candles justice as they look really neat when lit in the dark.  Below are the directions for making each.

 

Glitter Tulle Jar Candle

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Materials:

– Baby food jar (or any glass jar)

– Black glitter tulle (I used tulle I found in Jo-Ann Fabrics’ dollar bin)

– Orange ribbon

– Battery operated candle (preferably black on outside)

– Glue or tape

 

Directions:

1. Clean a baby food jar

2. Wrap the jar with the black glitter tulle.  I used a little double sided tape to hold the tulle at the rim of the jar.

3. Wrap the orange ribbon around the rim of the jar to help hold the tulle in place.  Use tape or glue to affix the ribbon to the jar.

4.  Place a battery-operated candle inside the jar.

5. Turn on and enjoy!

 

*This jar looks really pretty in the light as well as in the dark.  However, the glitter tulle loses a significant amount of glitter in the process of making this.  So, if you are not a fan of glitter, or you don’t want to have it EVERYWHERE, you may not want to use glitter tulle (at least the kind I used anyway).

 

Window Cling Jar Candle

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This candle only allows light to shine through the vinyl image while hiding the battery-operated candle inside.  The window cling in the picture has been well-used and is rather worn, but still looks really nice when the candle is lit.

Materials:

– Baby food jar (or any type of glass jar)

– Decorative vinyl window cling (you may wish to pick one with a simple shape to make this an easier project)

– Cardstock (I used black)

– Scissors

 

Directions:

1.  Clean the baby food jar.

2.  Cut a rectangle strip of cardstock that fits inside the jar when wrapped around itself.  The size I cut that fit in my baby food jar was 6 inches by 1-7/8 inches.

3. Trace around your vinyl window cling in the middle of the cardstock strip and cut it out.  I picked a window cling with a simple circle shape so it would be easy to cut out.  See Picture below.

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4.  Place the cardstock strip inside the jar.  You may wish to tape the edges together.

5. Place your window cling on the outside of the jar over top the area you cut from the cardstock.  This will allow light to only shine through the window cling.

6. Make your lid.  You may wish to make a lid from the Halloween Candy Dishes Post. If you wish to make the burlap lid shown in this post, follow the instructions below.

7.  Place a battery-operated candle inside the jar.

8. Turn the candle on, replace the jar lid and enjoy!

 

Burlap Lid

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Materials:

– Tissue Paper (I used black)

– Burlap

– Yarn (I used black)

– Scissors

 

Directions:

1. Cover the jar lid with tissue paper. You may wish to tape it to the lid to hold it in place.

2. Cover the tissue paper on the jar lid with a piece of burlap.  Try to stretch and hold it tightly around the lid.

3.  Take a piece of yarn and tie it tightly around the lid to hold the burlap and tissue paper in place. You may need a second person to help you with this so that one person holds the burlap in place while the other person ties the yarn around the lid.

4.  Use scissors to trim the tissue paper and burlap to the length you desire.

5. You are now ready to place the lid on the jar.

 

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This is a quick and easy craft that even toddlers and young children can make.  They make great candy dishes or spooky containers for storing small items.  You can also hand them out as gifts for Halloween.  Neither glue nor paint are required!

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A family member gave me some awesome Halloween window clings they didn’t want anymore.  My two-year-old daughter loves decorating the windows with them.  It keeps her entertained for awhile since she can continually peel them off and stick them back on the window over and over again.  I decided the window clings would be great for her to use in a craft since they are easy for her to manipulate.  I have a stash of baby food jars and thought it would be cute to decorate them with the window clings for Halloween.  Read below if you are interested in making these cute containers.

Materials (for bottom of dishes):

– Baby food jars (or any type of glass jars you wish to use)

– Vinyl window clings

Materials (for lids):

– Yarn

– Tissue paper

– Any kind of paper with Halloween images (wrapping paper, paper gift bags, etc.)

– Permanent double-sided tape

– Hot glue gun/glue (optional)

– Adhesive gems

 

Directions:

Before making your Halloween dishes, make sure you clean the jar and its lid.  In order to decorate the glass body of the jar, all you do is simply place the window clings wherever you would like on the jar.  That’s it!

I tried to come up with ideas for decorating the lids that don’t require paint or glue in order to minimize mess (if little ones are involved) and so the jar would be safer to use for storing candy.  Below are the ideas I came up with along with the directions for each.

 

Yarn-Wrapped Lids

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Believe it or not, I did not use glue to make these yarn-wrapped lids!  My secret was permanent double-sided tape that I had for scrapbooking.  In order to make a yarn-wrapped lid, first cover the entire top and outer side of the lid with the double-sided tape.  Next, place the end of your yarn in the center of the top of the lid and tightly spiral it around itself while pressing it onto the tape.  Continue wrapping it around the edge and side of the lid until you cover the entire outside of the lid with yarn.  It may get tricky to keep the yarn in place around the edges and at the very end, so you may find it easier to use a little glue in these areas.  After you have finished wrapping the lid with your yarn, you may wish to add embellishments like the adhesive gems I used from the dollar bin at Michaels.  Once the lid is finished, you can store your candy or other items inside the jar.  I thought it would be spooky looking to store my googly eyes in a jar!

*You may wish to use glue entirely instead of the tape and that’s fine too!  I just wanted to use a method other than glue that may be easier and less messy for young children to try.  To be honest, I tried making one using hot glue and it turned out terrible!  There was visible hardened glue all over the yarn making it look really sloppy.

 

Decorative Paper-Wrapped Lids

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Another idea I had for decorating the lid was to wrap it in decorative paper with Halloween-related images or sayings.  You may wish to use Halloween wrapping paper. I had a Halloween paper gift bag someone had given us with Halloween sayings all over it.  I simply cut one out of the bag and wrapped the paper over the lid.  You may wish to use tape or glue to hold it in place.  My daughter loves mini marshmallows – don’t they look cool in this jar?

 

Tissue Paper Lids

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The tissue paper lid is probably the easiest method for younger children to use.  Again, I used double-sided tape instead of glue.  In order to make these lids, simply cover the entire outside of the lid in the double-sided tape.  Next, select a few colors of tissue paper and begin tearing off small pieces of each color (you don’t even need scissors!).  Finally, stick the pieces on the lid however you wish.  Don’t you think my two-year-old did a great job on these lids?!  We tried to match the colors with the candy inside the jars.

 

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BreastCancerandPregnancyInfantLoss

In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month as well as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, I created a crochet pattern for their support ribbons. Make one to show your support!

Child Loss Awareness Ribbon:

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FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

– 3 inches tall

– Approx. 1 ¼ inches wide at top of ribbon

– Approx. 1 ½ inches wide at bottom of ribbon

MATERIALS

– 3.75mm (F) hook

– Worsted weight yarn (4) in pink (I used Red Heart Super Saver in Petal Pink)

– Worsted weight yarn (4) in baby blue (I used Red Heart Super Saver in Light Blue)

– Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

– Scissors

ABBREVIATIONS

– ch = chain

– sc = single crochet

– st = stitch

DIRECTIONS

Row 1: Using pink yarn, ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook (the first ch that was made). (1 sc)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across. (1 sc)

Rows 3–14: Repeat row 2 (ribbon should measure 3 ¼ inches at the end of row 14).

Row 15: Attach blue yarn, drop pink yarn, ch 1, turn, sc in each st across. (1 sc)

Row 16– 28: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across. (1 sc). Ribbon should measure about 6 ½ inches; fasten off and weave in all loose ends on ribbon.

**Note: When I weaved in the blue and pink ends in the middle of the ribbon, I tried to make the middle look as clean as possible so it looks like a straight line where the blue color meets the pink color.

ASSEMBLY

Hold the ribbon so the pink side is on the left and the blue side is on the right. Cross the blue side over the pink side as shown in final picture. Using your tapestry needle and blue yarn, sew together where the blue section crosses the pink section being careful only to take the needle through the top of the stitches of the pink section so you do not see the blue yarn on the back of the pink.

You are now ready to use or wear your ribbon. You may wish to use a pin to attach to clothes, hats, etc.

Breast Cancer Ribbon:

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FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

– 3 inches tall

– Approx. 1 ¼ inches wide at top of ribbon and

– Approx. 1 ½ inches wide at bottom of ribbon

MATERIALS

-3.75mm (F) hook

– Worsted weight yarn (4) in pink (I used Red Heart Super Saver in Petal Pink)

– Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

– Scissors

ABBREVIATIONS

– ch = chain

– sc = single crochet

– st = stitch

DIRECTIONS

Row 1: Using pink yarn, ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook (the first ch that was made). (1 sc)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in next sc. (1 sc)

Rows 3–28: Repeat row 2. At the end of row 28, or when ribbon measures 6 ½ inches, fasten off and weave in ends.

ASSEMBLY

Hold the ribbon horizontally. Cross the right side over the left side as shown in the finished picture. Using your tapestry needle and pink yarn, sew together at the point where the sections cross.

You are now ready to use or wear your ribbon. You may wish to use a pin to attach to clothes, hats, etc.

***If you sell products using my patterns or mention my patterns please link back to my site. Please do not sell my patterns or claim them as your own.***

I would love to see how you display your ribbon. Feel free to comment here or post a picture on my Facebook wall!

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Craft Bundle Available!!

I provide a craft bundle for each of these ribbons. Since this project does not require a lot of yarn, the craft bundle is a convenient way to obtain only the amount needed (with a little extra in case). The Breast Cancer Ribbon bundle contains 3 yards of Red Heart Super Saver worsted weight yarn in Petal Pink, along with a safety pin for you to attach your finished ribbon. The Pregnancy and Infant Loss Ribbon bundle contains 1 ½ yards of Red Heart Super Saver worsted weight yarn in Petal Pink and 1 ½ yards of Red Heart Super Saver worsted weight yarn in Light Blue, as well as 8 extra inches of the Light Blue yarn for sewing the ribbon together, and a safety pin for you to attach your finished ribbon. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the respective cause. Thank you for ordering!

 

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Here is a simple Halloween treat for little ones! It is easy enough that you could even have little ones help make it.

I don’t know about you, but my toddler absolutely loves squeeze pouches. We call them squeezers.  I remember when we used to put tissues over lollipops as kids to make ghosts and thought my daughter would love that with a squeezer instead of a lollipop (I’m sure she would enjoy the lollipop too but at least a squeezer is healthier and safer for her). After making the ghost squeezer, I started to (as usual) take the idea a little too far and decided to make some other Halloween objects with squeezers as well. Below are the directions for each:

Ghost Squeeze Pouch Treat

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Materials:

-Squeeze pouch

-Standard white napkin

-Twisty tie (preferably white)

-Orange colored yarn/string/ribbon

-Black marker

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Directions:

1. Grab a squeeze pouch with one of your child’s favorite flavors. I used a squeeze pouch with a white cap so it wouldn’t show through the white napkin as much.

2. Unfold the white napkin completely. The reason I used a napkin instead of a tissue is because a tissue is not big enough to cover the squeezer pouch.

3. Drape the unfolded napkin over the squeeze pouch and bunch up some of the napkin at the top of the squeezer to form a head for your ghost.

4. Once you are satisfied with the head shape, wrap a twisty tie around the neck right below the lid of the squeezer in order to hold the napkin in place.

5. Add a bow with your orange yarn over top of the twisty tie.

6. Add two eyes with your black marker and… VOILA! You have a ghost squeezer that any child is sure to enjoy!

Pumpkin Squeeze Pouch Treat

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Materials:

-GoGo Squeeze Applesauce pouch with green propeller cap

– Orange tissue paper

– Clear tape (if needed)

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Directions:

1. Make sure to get a GoGo squeeze pouch with a green propeller cap since that will serve as the pumpkin stem.

2. Next, all you do is wrap orange tissue paper around the squeeze pouch to form a pumpkin shape, bringing the tissue paper under the green squeezer cap.

3. If you have some time (or if you are just really talented at shaping tissue paper) you may not have to use any tape to do this. Otherwise, you may have to use a piece of clear tape in the back to hold it in place and keep its shape. [I am definitely not good at manipulating tissue paper and I was in a rush since my daughter caught me making this and was demanding she eat the squeezer immediately. Luckily, she settled for a different squeezer so the pumpkin was unharmed and I was able to photograph it].

Headless Horseman Squeeze Pouch Treat

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Materials:

-Squeeze pouch with an orange cap

-Black tissue paper

-White tissue paper

-Clear tape (if needed)

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Directions:

1. Get a squeeze pouch with an orange cap that will serve as the horseman’s pumpkin head.

2. Take a small piece of white tissue paper and wrap it around the entire pouch. You may want to use a piece of clear tape on the back to keep it tight. This will be the horseman’s shirt.

3. Use a larger piece of black tissue paper and fold it in half to make a rectangle.

4. Lay the squeeze pouch on top of the black tissue paper.

5. Then fold the black tissue paper up over the bottom of the pouch. This will form the pants. See picture below.

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6. Fold the top corners of the black tissue paper down to form the front of the coat as pictured below.

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7. Fold the excess tissue paper at the bottom underneath the pouch as shown below.

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8. Fold one side of the black tissue paper behind the squeeze pouch so it forms a cape with the other side of the black tissue paper. See picture below.  You should now have the final product: A squeeze pouch headless horseman!

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