Hello friends! It’s September so I guess it’s acceptable to talk pumpkins now. I made these darling little DIY Jack o’Lanterns using apple juice bottles and wanted to show you how easy they were to make (and, of course, inexpensive) so you could make your own!
These cute little jars are Martinelli’s brand apple juice bottles. You will also need Mod Podge and orange food coloring.
Measure out 2 Tablespoons of Mod Podge and 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of water in each jar.
Add orange food coloring until you get your desired color. The only orange food coloring I had on hand was a lighter shade so I actually used 30 drops.
Place the cap back on the jar and shake until the color is uniform all around the jar. If you don’t like the color, add more food coloring. If the mixture is not loose enough, add more water. Try to get it to the consistency of pancake syrup.
Turn the jars upside down to allow the excess mixture to pour out and dry.
(You see the extra mixture in the cups? You can reuse that to make more colored jars!)
Here’s where the magic happens…
Preheat your oven to 225 degrees . Place the bottles on a tray and heat in the oven for 45 minutes until the bottles are transparent.
Is this not the coolest thing ever? Aren’t they pretty? I have mentioned this before, but orange is my favorite color.
This is where I’ll let you be creative…
I have a Cricut and decided to make jack o’lantern faces on my jars. You could make them without faces. You also have the option to turn the jars around and use them without the faces so they look just like pumpkins.
For regular pumpkins, make the ribbons green and the candle brown like a stem.
I printed three different faces with my Cricut and transferred them to the jars.
If you do not have a Cricut, you can draw the faces on with a permanent marker or paint pen or get scrapbook stickers at the craft store.
I finished my jars by wrapping twine around the tops to cover the area where the lid screwed on.
I made a bow using different ribbon that I had and topped it with a little raffia. I tied a black ribbon around the neck of the jar and then gathered the ribbon/raffia and tied a knot in the middle to make a bow. Once it was tied on the jar, I snipped the ends slightly to make them them uniform.
I bought a small bag of sand at the Dollar Tree and filled one of the jars with the sand. The bag almost filled up the entire jar.
After I filled the first pumpkin with sand, my mom came over and suggested using corn for a more Fall feel. Great idea! I tried it and liked it.
For the last pumpkin, I filled it with rice.
Did you see the books I used as props? These were also found at Dollar Tree. They’re actually boxes that you can store things in.
I hope you give these a try! I had so much fun making these and seeing the transformation of the color once I heated them in the oven. Remember…if you do try them, please send me a picture! You can share it here or on my Facebook Page!
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