DIY Upcycled Halloween Village Luminaries Craft

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Upcycled Halloween Luminary Jars

It is that time when Pinterest comes alive with great seasonal crafts. A few weeks ago I thought it would be fun to have a little crafting night with my sister and sister-in-law. I searched Pinterest for some great Halloween Craft Idea “Pinspiration”. I’m a little picky when it comes to crafts though. I don’t craft that often so I don’t want to be spending big bucks on supplies that I’m only going to use a few times throughout the year.

These DIY Upcycled Halloween Village Luminaries were just the kind of craft I was looking for. You can see my inspiration for this project here. I love that this craft uses jars that I already have and might normally just throw out.

I don’t have a Cricut so instead I created some little Halloween village stencil printables using It’s my favorite online photo editing tool right now—obviously, it is good for simple graphics creation too. These Halloween Village Printables are handy for a number of projects.

Just click on the image and you’ll be able to download the printable PDF files.

Halloween Printables

Once you have your jars and you Halloween printables, you can get to work.

Upcycled Halloween Village Luminaries

Upcycled Halloween Village Luminaries
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  • 4 jars (you don’t want them to be too skinny or short). The largest jar I used was a Costco sized pepperoncini jar.
  • 1 can of Krylon Shimmer Metallic Spray paint in Purple or Blue. You can purchase it in a store for a better price, but here it is on Amazon so you can know what you're looking for.
  • Fine Tip Black Paint Pen
  • Printable Stencils


  • Gather 4 jars of different sizes. I asked around for some jars and got a large Costco sized olive or pepperoncini jar, a pickle jar, a pasta sauce jar, and another jar that who knows what was in it.
  • Make sure each jar is cleaned and any sticky residue is removed. You can remove the sticky residue by soaking the jar in hot soapy water and then scrubbing with a the scrubby side of a sponge.
  • Spray the inside or outside of the jar. I sprayed the inside of the jar, but you can just as easily spray the outside of the jar.
  • Allow the spray painted jars to dry for several hours (I'd recommend AT LEAST 6 hours).
  • Once the jars are dry, trim your printables so they will fit neatly inside your jar--they will be your stencils. If your jars are small like a couple of mine were, you may need to reduce the image size to 60% or 75%. You should be able to do this easily if you have a printer with a scanner. If you don't have one, find someone who does and have a craft night at their house. 😉
  • Place your stencil in the jar and with your paint pen trace the outline of your images.
  • Once you have your outlined traced, fill in the image with your paint pen. The paint pen will take about 10 minutes to dry. You may find it helpful to go over certain larger areas with a second paint pen coat.
  • After you are done painting your scenes let the jars dry overnight to cure.
  • Place tea candles in the jars. You'll likely need to use real tea candles. I first tried using battery powered LED tea lights, but they weren't bright enough.
  • Finally, place your little Halloween Village Luminaries somewhere you can admire your impressive handy work.

DIY Upcycled Halloween Village Luminaries

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  1. I like it! Thank you for sharing!
  2. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as "0". Reason: Human SPAM filter found "blog post" in "comment_content" *] Hey! I absolutely love these little village luminaries! Do you mind if I use them for a blog post about my favorite Halloween Crafts? I'll need to use your picture but I will link to you and everything! Let me know if that's okay! Thanks!
    • Hi DeAnna, Sure you may use the picture as long as it has a link back and doesn't contain any of the instructions for the tutorial. Can't wait to see the post! Would love it if you send me a link when it is live: amy @ Ohsosavvymom dot com.
  3. Amei essa sua ideia, parabéns e obrigada por compartilhar. Abraço Dayane Brasil