I know Halloween is still a good distance off, but if I share this too close to Halloween, you may not be able to find one of the “ingredients” I used. So, bear with me if I share some things with you a bit in advance.
I’ve been itching to try my hand at making a frosted lantern with Krylon’s Glass Frosting. Have you ever used it?
To make a Halloween lantern, you’ll need a few basic supplies:
Glass jar (large pickle jars work well)
Glass Frosting spray (bought mine at Ace Hardware & it’s available online)
Fun cutouts (can find them online or at Dollar Tree)
Small amount of sea salt, sand or kitty litter (any one of these will work great)
Contact paper (or any adhesive craft paper)
You can find lots of cut outs online, or if you’re artsy, create your own. Artsy, I’m not, so I decided to use these silhouette cutouts I found in Dollar Tree about a month ago. They are pretty much a perfect fit for a large pickle jar. I bought them in various shapes and decided on a bat shape for this Halloween lantern.
Place your cutout on top of your contact paper and trace around it. You can buy/use “adhesive stencil film” by our favorite crafter, Martha Stewart, but it runs around $10 for a small roll. I purchased contact paper for just $3.99 at Ace Hardware and as you can see in the pic above, it’s a pretty large roll. There’s lots left over for future lanterns/projects.
After tracing your shape on the contact paper, cut it out carefully keeping all the tiny bits (like feet) intact.
Remove the contact paper backing and apply it to your jar, smoothing out any wrinkles or lumps. I had three jars and I decided to use the most challenging one to start with, which was the smallest one with bumps around the top and bottom. My cutout did overlap a bit onto the bumpy parts of the jar. Ideally, you want the surface you’re applying your shape to, to be flat. When I make lanterns from the larger, smooth jars I’ve saved, I’ll share how those come out, too. They should be even easier since they are smooth.
Before I sprayed my jar, I wrapped the rim in masking tape. I also placed masking tape across the top (since I no longer had the lid) to keep any frosting spray from getting inside my jar. If you still have the lid, you can just wrap the making tape around the rim and then screw the lid on. I didn’t want to get any frosting spray on the rim of the jar…just wanted a nice, clean separation. If you’re not worried about that, you could just screw the lid on and spray without wrapping the rim with tape.
It was nighttime when I made my lantern, so I sprayed it outside in the garage. To spray it, cover an overturned bucket with a garbage bag and place your jar in front of a surface that you can protect/cover with a bag. Then just rotate the bucket to spray each side. Or, place it inside a good-size box that’s turned on its side. That would work well, too…as long as you have enough light to see inside the box. Make sure to spray in a well-ventilated area. Follow all the directions on the can of spray to be safe.
You don’t want to apply the frosting spray heavily, a lighter coating looks better than a heavy one. You just want to give your lantern a frosted appearance. The frosting spray dried in about 20 minutes, then I brought it inside and began peeling off the cutout shape.
Sprinkle a little kitty litter, sand or sea salt into the bottom of your jar. That just gives you a place to nestle the candle and adds a decorative aspect, too.
Here’s how it looked with a white votive candle inside. Actually, a jar with a decorative pattern around the top or bottom would be pretty for a lantern. It definitely looks best if you can fit your silhouette cutout totally onto the smooth part of the jar, though.
When you display your candle lanterns, be sure to place them on a surface that won’t be damaged if the candle melts all the way down. I try to always place mine atop a book or with a small coaster underneath. These are super easy to make.
Halloween is coming…have fun getting ready!