DIY Halloween Luminaries

Halloween crafts are my favorite ones! Mostly because I love the color black (don’t judge) and candles for their luminescence. So many of them include at least one of those things. Today, I’m combining them and making these cute DIY Halloween Luminaries!

This is a great craft to do on your own or with kids. You might want to cut everything out in advance if you’re doing this with the little ones though. It works well because assembling doesn’t take long so it will keep their attention.

I used black construction paper, but you could use orange to make it more pumpkin-like.

Okay, let’s get started!

DIY Halloween luminary supplies

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Step 1: cut construction paper into 4 pieces

With the construction paper positioned vertically, make a cut down the center.

Then, again down the center horizonally.

This will give you 4 pieces like in the image above.

Step 2: draw and cut out faces in your luminaries

Just like you might plan your pumpkin carvings, draw a face on your construction paper and use the X-acto knife to cut it out.

This is the fun part so get creative here! Look on Pinterest for pumpkin carving idea if you need inspiration.

Step 3: glue the long ends of the paper together

Using the Elmer’s glue stick, adhere the long ends of the construction paper. Hold them together for a few seconds to make sure they stay in place.

These will be large enough to fit around the tealight candle.

halloween luminaries diy

When you’re finished, switch on your tea light candles and light up those pumpkin faces!

These are perfect for in front of windows at night during the holiday month. I love the way they light up and command attention from a room (or a street).

I’d love to get your thoughts on my DIY Halloween Luminaries! Leave them in the comments.

Happy crafting!

DIY Halloween Luminary

DIY halloween luminary

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know that I love candles. It’s actually surprising to me how many candle related crafts I’ve made, from the actual candle to holders, and now luminaries.

Fall and Halloween are known for their candle crafts. There’s something… I don’t know, mysterious, or maybe eerie, about candles during this season, so luminaries are the perfect addition to your decor.

This one is incredibly easy to make and you’ll be so happy with the result. Turn the lights off and you’ll have dancing shadows all night long.

Get the supply list below to make your own. There are links to these products if you’re unsure of where to find them.

homemade luminary supplies

Glass luminary supplies

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halloween luminary tutorial steps

Step 1: adhere the scrapbook paper to the candle holder

Adhere your scrapbook paper to the glass with Mod Podge and your brush.

I suggest fitting the scrapbook paper and making the necessary folds before you start gluing.

candle luminary

Step 2: add your candle

Choose your favorite candle, or flameless candle if you prefer, and place it inside your holder. Turn it on or light it.

glass luminary

I love the way the light dances inside and casts shadows on the nearby surfaces. It’s so pretty! I could watch it all night. Flip the lights off and enjoy it for yourself.

I’d love to get your feedback. Leave it in the comments!

Happy crafting!

DIY Halloween Candy Treat Bags

halloween candy scrapbook paper treat bags

Halloween is right around the corner and trick or treaters are ready for their candy.

Every year, the apartment complex I live in participates in trick or treating for the kids in the building and I always use it as an opportunity to get creative. This year, I’m aiming at the treat bags. Since I have a surplus of Halloween scrapbook paper, this was an ideal project.

It’s a really easy craft and doesn’t take too long. Although, I wouldn’t recommend taking this route if you’re going to be giving candy out to more than 20 kids. You’ll be crafting for quite a while.

If you’d like to make your own, gather these materials and follow the step-by-step instructions below.


halloween candy treat bag supplies

Halloween Treat Bag Supplies

  • Tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Halloween-themed scrapbook paper


halloween scrapbook paper

Step 1: cut your scrapbook paper

Measure and cut the scrapbook paper to about 6×8″.


halloween scrapbook paper craft

Step 2: fold the paper into a cylinder

Create a cylinder with your halloween paper and tape it in place.


halloween treat bag

Step 3: tape the bottom of the treat bag

Pinch one end of the cylinder and tape it shut. This will be the bottom of the treat bag.


candy treat bags

Step 4: fill the treat bag & seal it

Drop in the candy. I recommended mini candy bars, jelly beans, fruit snacks or other small treats.

Then pinch the top of the treat bag closed, but in the opposite direction of the bottom (in step 3). Tape it in place.


halloween candy scrapbook paper treat bags

You’re done! Make a few more and you’re ready for parties and trick or treating!

I’d love to hear what you think! Leave your feedback in the comments!


The Craft Challenge

This tutorial is part of The Craft Challenge 2017. The ladies listed below are all contributors and have their own unique tutorial to share with you! Take some time and check out their October craft projects.

Links will be updated to their tutorials when their posts are available.

Heather from ShiftMama: Easy Holiday Memory Ornament
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: DIY Distressed Denim Jacket
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: Handmade Height Chart Keepsake for Kids


DIY Upcycled Halloween Candy Bowl

diy upcycled halloween candy bowl

Every year, the kids in my apartment complex get to participate in Trick or Treating. Unfortunately, we’re not home very often and Halloween is no exception. So, I always put a big bowl of candy outside the door and let the kids take what they want.

This year, I decided to upgrade my candy bowl by decorating a old dish washer pod container. Originally, I wanted to make a pumpkin out of it, but I couldn’t find orange Duck Tape anywhere. So, obviously, that didn’t work out. I had to settle with my witch hat decorated box.

If you’d like to make your own, follow the steps below.


diy duck tape candy bowl supplies

Duck Tape candy bowl supplies

  • scissors
  • witch hat outline
  • Dish washer pod container
  • Duck Tape (purple, black and green)



Step 1: download the witch hat

Right click on the image above and open the image in a new tab. Then click print.

You can choose to scale the image if you need a smaller or larger version.


black duck tape base

Step 2: layer on the black Duck Tape

Wrap the container with black Duck Tape.


Step 3: cover the witch hat with Duck Tape

place your hat on a flat surface and cover it with purple Duck Tape.

Then, peal it off and flip it over.

Begin cutting around the hat.


duck tape witch hat

Step 3: decorate the hat

Wrap a thin strip of green Duck Tape around the hat.


diy upcycled halloween candy bowl

Step 4: tape the hat to the container

Create tape rolls and use them to adhere the hat to the container.

You’re finished! Set your candy bowl out on the table out outside the door if you’re in an apartment complex and wait for the Trick or Treaters to come.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave them in the comments.

Happy crafting!

DIY Fall Candle Holders from Recycled Jars

DIY candle holders from recycled jars

It’s starting to get cold here in PA, and when that happens I get out my candles. They keep my apartment a little bit warmer and make the atmosphere more relaxing. Every Fall I do a few candle tutorials and this is the first one of the season. I know we’re not quite into autumn yet, but its about 64 degrees here, so it’s close enough for me.

I always save my jars because they can be used for something, whether it be craft and food storage or, in this case, candle holders.

If you have the jars already, that’s great! You will just need to make a craft store run for the following items.

fall candle holder craft supplies

Candle holder craft supplies

  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • recycled jars
  • white ribbon
  • lace ribbon
  • burlap ribbon (wide)
  • rope and burlap flowers


burlap ribbon

Step 1: wrap the jar with burlap ribbon

The burlap ribbon will be the base for the decorative wrap. Use your glue gun to adhere the ribbon to the jar.

candle holder crafts

Step 2: wrap the jars with white and lace ribbon

Glue the white ribbon around the center of two of the jars, preferably the smaller two.

Glue the lace ribbon around the larger jar.

Make sure your ribbons meet in the back where the burlap ribbon was glued together.


upcycled jar crafts

Step 3: decorate your jars with fall flowers

Glue on the rope and burlap flowers for the final touch of the fall-inspired candle holders.


DIY candle holders from recycled jars

Add the candles and you’re finished! Use them as a table centerpiece or set them on your windowsill.

As always, I’d love to hear what you think! Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Happy crafting!



If you’re looking for more craft ideas, check these out:

DIY Autumn-Inspired Mason Jar Vase

This fall-inspired mason jar decor is perfect for upcycling old jars and getting into the autumn spirit! Grab some jars, acrylic paint, burlap, white ribbon and flowers to get started.

autumn-inspired mason jar vase

Autumn Craft: DIY Leaf Relief Painting

Not into the jar crafts? Try a relief painting with leaves! This is just a fun project. In fact, it’s one my favorite crafts on this blog. Follow the tutorial to make your own.

DIY leaf relief painting

DIY Halloween Craft: Pumpkin Decor

You can’t get into the fall months without seeing pumpkins. If you’re a fan, try this cute craft. All you’ll need is some scented pinecones, a craft pumpkin (or a real one, whichever you prefer), a candle and a carving knife.

DIY fall pumkin decor with scented pinecones

DIY Halloween Craft: Pumpkin Decor

DIY fall pumkin decor with scented pinecones

The Craft Challenge theme for September is Halloween so I decided to go with pinecones and pumpkins. You know those spiced scented pinecones you smell when you walk into Michael’s? I can’t stay away from the things! They smell amazing. I had to get them into my craft this week. And I haven’t decorated pumpkins yet this year, so it just seemed fitting.

This craft is really easy, smells wonderful and will give your table or windowsill a nice pop for fall. Keep reading if you’re interested in making your own!


autumn pumpkin decor materials

Materials needed for fall pumpkin decor

  • craft pumpkin
  • flameless candle
  • pumpkin carving kit
  • fall-scented pinecones


hollowed craft pumpkin

Step 1: cut a big hole in your craft pumpkin

You can buy pumpkins with the hole already cut. Get that one if you can. If not, use a pumpkin carving kit to cut your own.



flameless candle decor

Step 2: add decorative fall elements

Put your flameless candle in the middle and surround it with scented pinecones.


DIY fall pumkin decor with scented pinecones

You’re done! You can tie some ribbon or maybe some burlap around the stem at the top if you want to spice it up a little more. I wanted to keep this one a bit more simple.

I’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave them in the comments.

The Craft Challenge

This craft is part of The Craft Challenge. Be sure to check out Emily’s Halloween Ghost Candy Boxes tutorial over at A Pop of Red!

Halloween Craft: DIY Spellbook

The Craft Challenge

This blog post is part of The Craft Challenge.  Me and 4 other bloggers challenge ourselves to bring you a creative craft tutorial based around a different theme each month. This month, the theme is Halloween. There’s a link to their crafts at the bottom of this tutorial.

DIY Halloween spell book

How many people do you think dress up as a witch for Halloween? You always see a few of them while you’re out and about, right? That’s why I decided to make a spellbook for this month’s Halloween-themed craft. 

The process is easy and cheap, but I’ll warn you that it’s time-consuming because of the drying time. Toward the end, I got impatient and got out my hairdryer to make it move a little bit faster.

Want to make your own? This is what you’ll need.

halloween spell book materials

DIY Spell Book Materials

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paint spell book

Step 1

Paint the entire book and your fake spider black.

Let it dry.

mod podge spell book

textured spell book

Step 2

Cover the front cover of the book with Mod Podge.

Then, peel one layer off of your paper towel, get it wet and place that ply over top of the Mod Podge. You want it to be wrinkled and torn to add some texture and character.

spell book in progress

Step 3

Paint the paper towel black.

Let it dry.

Repeat steps 1-3 for the spine and back cover.

spider web decoration

Step 4

Using your hot melt gun, glue on your spider and draw a web around it. If you want, you can also add the title Spells at the top of the cover.

mod podge spell book2

Step 5

Cover the front of the book in Mod Podge, again.

spell book design

Step 6

You guessed it. Get another paper towel, wet it, and cover your newly made design.

This time, though, you’ll want to make sure you trace around your design with a wet paintbrush so your spider, web, and title stand out.

Let it dry.

copper detail on spell book

Step 7

Last step! Using a small, dry paintbrush, brush on the metallic copper paint. Get just a little bit on the brush and lightly cover the edge of your spider, web, and title. You don’t want to go overboard here. The purpose of the metallic paint is to make the design stand out and make the book look enchanted.

Cover any little wrinkles from the paper towels, the edges of the book, the details in the spine, and whatever else you think needs a little bit of a pop.

Let it dry.

DIY Halloween spell book

When you’re finished, you’ll have a creepy new spell book to carry around or to use as a prop for Halloween. I have a tutorial for the potion bottles, too, if you want to go all out.

Don’t forget to give me feedback! You know I love to hear your thoughts.

Check out the rest of the Halloween crafts in The Craft Challenge by clicking on the links to each blogger in the image below. Each blogger is supposed to have their posts up by the end of the day today.

Craft Challenge 2015 Introduction Eclectic Enchantments A Pop of Red Found This Painted That Tinkerbell Knits Make Something Mondays Image Map

DIY Ombre Halloween Pumpkin Decor

diy halloween ombre pumpkin decor

Did you all know that Michael’s Craft Store is having a pumpkin decorating contest right now? You have to use one of their craft pumpkins, decorate it and upload the photo to their site. If they pick your pumpkin, you can win a $250 Michael’s gift card and $500 in craft supplies. Yep, I’m aaaaalllll over that.

This is my entry and I figured if I’m going to make it, I should share how I did it, right?

If you want to make one, keep reading!

halloween pumpkin decor materials

Ombre Halloween Pumpkin Decor materials

Acrylic paint
Paint brushes
Craft pumpkin

light paint pumpkin

Step 1

Make a medium sized circle with cream colored paint.

It doesn’t have to be perfect, we’re just going to use it to make a gradient in the next step.

Move on to step 2 before your paint dries!

purple pumpkin

Step 2

Add a light purple paint in a circular shape above the yellow and blend them together the best you can.

Again, this doesn’t have to be perfect. We’re going to paint over a lot of this soon. We just have to get a good ombre going.

Before the paint dries, move on to the next step.

purple ombre halloween pumpkin

Step 3

Now, add some dark purple to the top and blend downward.

Let it dry.

halloween pumpkin

Step 4

make a hill in black paint. it should be uneven.

Let it dry.

diy halloween ombre pumpkin decor

Step 5

Paint some tombstones, a tree and some birds (or bats).

When you’re finished, poke a hole in your pumpkin stem and hang it on your door.

I love my new Halloween pumpkin! I kind of wish I had purchased a larger pumpkin so I might go back and get a bigger one.

Let me know what you think!

Happy crafting!

DIY Halloween Potion Bottles

DIY halloween potion bottles

Every year around Halloween I’ve thought about making my own potion bottles for a Make Something Monday craft, but somehow I always get side tracked and end up working on something else. Not this year though!

This year, I planned these bottles into my craft timeline with one small change. The original plan was to design my own labels, but I found these on and fell in love with them. They’re perfect!

halloween potion bottle materials

Halloween Potion Bottle Materials

Paint brush
Mod Podge
Glue gun (not pictures)
Labels (which you can download here)

I got my bottles at Pat Catan’s but you can probably get them at any craft or hobby store, especially around this time of year.

halloween bottles and labels

Step 1

Clean off your bottles and print and cut out your labels.

Note: The original labels from are pretty big. My bottles were smaller so I had to shrink the labels to fit on my bottles.

potion bottle labels

Step 2

Using your brush and Mod Podge, adhere the labels to the bottles.

I put a layer on the back of the label and then another layer over the top to protect the paper.

tweed rope

Step 3

Hot glue your rope to the bottles and your finished!

DIY halloween potion bottles

Pretty fun, right? Now, you can spice up your Halloween party! Fill the bottles up with some beer, cider, wine, or whatever you’d like, and serve.

Happy crafting!

DIY Halloween Glitter Globe

DIY Halloween glitter globe

I’ve always wanted to make a snow globe, but snow wouldn’t be appropriate for Halloween, so I decided to make a glitter globe instead. I like Halloween more than Christmas anyway.

I got everything I needed at Michael’s (all Halloween decorations are 50% right now!) and it was under $10. I already had the super glue so I’m not factoring that into the price.

If you want to make one, read through my tutorial.

halloween glitter globe materials

Halloween Glitter Globe Materials

Mini skulls
Super glue (make sure it’s waterproof)
Large Mason Jar
Halloween Figurine

halloween skeleton figurine

skulls halloween decor

Step 1

Super glue your figurine and skulls to the bottom of your lid.

As you can see in the second image, I ended up moving the figurine on top of a bottle cap to prop it up a little bit.

water filled Mason Jar

Step 2

Fill up your Mason Jar with distilled water and add just a few drops of glycerin into the jar. Shake it around a little bit.

Pour in your glitter.

DIY Halloween globe

Step 3

Screw the lid on tightly and you’ve got yourself a Halloween glitter globe.

DIY Halloween glitter globe

I’d love to hear what you think so leave your feedback in the comments.

Happy crafting!