Canning Jar Mummy Luminaries

Turn old jars into fun Halloween decor.

Our family enjoys making seasonal crafts, and Halloween is by far one of our favorite holidays. This year, we decided to spook up the place with some mood lighting. Since we have canning jars galore, a luminary is a perfect way to create fun Halloween decor.

lighted mummy mason jar lumniaries

Canning Jar Mummy Luminaries-Light

Use old canning jars to make a seasonal luminary.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Supplies

canning jars, decoupage glue, tealights and crafgt brush

Canning Jar Mummy Luminaries-Supplies

Supplies to make canning jar mummy luminaries.

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Debbie Wolfe

  • canning jars (any size)
    roll of gauze (½ width works the best, if you have wider pieces, cut it down the middle)
  • decoupage glue
  • craft brush
  • googly eyes
  • tealights

Step 1

Paint decoupage glue on jar

Canning Jar Mummy Luminaries-Step 1

Paint decoupage glue on jar.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe


Lay newsprint or some sort of protective cover over your workspace. This part can get messy. Cover the entire outside of the jar with a generous coating of decoupage glue.

Step 2

Wrap gauze around canning jar

Canning Jar Mummy Luminaries-Step 2

Wrap gauze around canning jar.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe


Starting at the base of the canning jar, start wrapping the gauze around the jar. Overlap and criss cross on the way up.

Step 3

Paint over the gauze with decoupage glue

Canning Jar Mummy Luminaries

Paint over the gauze with decoupage glue.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe


Add another generous layer of decoupage glue on the outside of the jar, all over the gauze. It’s okay if some of the gauze frays or folds down. This will help it look more like a mummy. Let it dry completely.

Step 5

Glue eyes to jar

Canning Jar Mummy Luminaries

Glue eyes to jar.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe


Glue the googly eyes to the jar. You can use the decoupage glue for the eyes too.  Add a tealight to the jar and light them up.

mummy jars, pumpkins and candy corn

Canning Jar Mummy Luminaries Cover Daylight

Use old canning jars to make a seasonal luminary.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

The mummy jars look great during the day too. Use them in a Halloween themed vignette or as utensil holders for a party. Make them in several different sizes. However you use them, canning jar luminary mummies are a fun craft to set the stage for Halloween.

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