Jar O’Lanterns

This project just happened to kinda fall into place this evening.

I decided to take a work break… well, my internet decided for me. I had something in mind, but it morphed as I went along.

These were going to be completely painted solid jars to look like pumpkins. They were also going to be made out of the chipped canning jars that I can’t use to can with (nor could I locate a single one of them when I gathered my supplies)

Apparently, I was too excited to take a pic before I started anything. This project started with three jars. Two were different sizes of old olive jars and the other was a smallish pizza sauce jar.


I started by making the faces with tape… bad idea. It was a PAIN. Then, I cut them out of newspaper and planned to use my spray adhesive…. that I couldn’t find. So, I pulled out Plan C, which worked perfectly:

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I cut the shapes I wanted out of PressN Seal, pressed and sealed them onto the jars and gathered my paint. I think it's cool that it looks etched at this point.

I just happened to have these two cans of Krylon. One from a baby room project and one from a desk paint job gone bad. Before I found these, I had already gathered my craft paint and was planning to mix up my own orange… these were PERFECT… the one is even “Pumpkin Orange”!

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I gave them all three a coat of the Baumaus Gold first (I had more of it). Then, they got a coating of the orange. I also wanted an uneven color job. (See that coffee can in the background… that’ll have to get finished this week). And, because I can’t leave well enough alone… I also had a can of redish Krylon primer that I used on the coffee can. I gave my little pretties a quick spritz of it and ended up giving them a slightly freckly look.. just like their momma.

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The PressN Seal worked like a charm!It came off easily and left fairly decent paint lines. I wasn’t too picky about that though… they are recycled used jars I’ve had since last winter, afterall..
The tops did need something… but it wasn’t too much that some sisal and jute couldn’t cover.

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I was going to just do one or the other but decided to just do them both and the same time.

Their debut in front of my pumpkinless pumpkin centerpiece that the dog ate.

I thought about putting lids on them, but didn’t in case I decide to put real candles in them. For tonight, they have battery powered ones to show their errie spooky jack o’lantern selves off.

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Totally FREE! :)

*Why do my jack o’lanterns either look dopey or scary? I couldn’t get just ONE cute one out of the bunch! :)

**Check out the linky parties I’ll be taking these bad boys to! They are on the top under Linky Party Love.

***And, stay tuned! After the emails I got from my hot Dr. Pepper and lemon post, I’m thinking about hosting my FIRST linky party. So, pull out those gross sounding family recipes that are surprisingly delicious! :) We’re gonna be having a “What do you eat when no one is watching?” par-tay coming soon.

**** Have I mentioned that my one year of blogging is quickly approaching? And that I'm working on some great giveaways for October? No? I haven't? Well, get ready!


  1. Shannon! I love these! the Press-n-seal is brilliant! I can think of so many other uses for it. Oh, my head is spinning! And... did you see my post last year where my sister gave me 80 cans of spray paint? Lots of those can were orange, and I haven't used a single one! hmmm

  2. This is so cool! And easy...Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

  3. I think I'm gonna be doing a Halloween/Fall linky party soon so be sure to check back for that at SSB!

  4. These are ADORABLE! Thank you for the Press n Seal tip, you clever girl! Found you at the girl creative.


  5. Oh goodness..how adorable and creative are these!!! Such fun finds! I'm happy to be your newest follower and would love to have you as a friend at FrouFrou Decor! I would also like to invite you to link up your sweet creations to my weekly Fabulous Friday Finds party! Hope to see you there!
    ~Terrell @ FrouFrou Decor~

  6. Those jars turned out soooo cute Ü I love using the press and seal.

  7. How cute!! I have tons of jars, I think I might just try this out too. Thanks for sharing with us.

  8. Your project is EXACTLY why I love bloghopping. Press 'n Seal - I never would have thought of it, but it's perfect!

    Such a cute project! Love it.

    Would love for you to stop by Sunday and link 'em up to Passion for Paint.

  9. Really cute idea. The jars turned out great.
    April @ homehinges.com

  10. Adorable! Might try this myself!

  11. Awesome idea! I'm actually working on a project right now with some press and seal!!!!!!! Great minds think alike! ;)
    Thanks so much for linking up to gettin' crafty on hump day


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