Spooky mummy lanterns


Happy Halloween! It’s a day my son has been waiting for for a long time, and he’s even declared today the best day of his life – and the party hasn’t even started yet! Oh, to be five!

I haven’t got much time as we’re getting ready to entertain a group of his school friends this evening, but thought I’d share with you a super easy, last minute craft idea for Halloween. Last minute is what I’m all about, so this one is perfect for me.

You need some jam jars, bandages, googly eyes, a bit of glue and tea lights. Hands up who went to Ikea in the 90s, bought a bag of tea lights for £1, and is still using up the same bag?

We found out it’s cheaper to buy jars of pickled onions than it is to buy the empty jars, so this morning had the task of emptying six jars of onions and rinsing out the containers. Nice job at 8am! When they’re dry, you just tape one end of the bandage to the jar, wrap a length around, and tuck it in.

Stick the eyes on with glue, pop in the lights and you’re ready to go. We’re going to put them up the path after dark. Right, better go finish this pumpkin. Have fun!

X Julia





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    October 31, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    That is genius! I love pickled onions too.xx

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    October 31, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Wow! Love the spooky lanterns! Happy Halloween! Have fun! Xx

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    Sarah @ let them be small
    November 2, 2014 at 7:01 am

    this is brilliant – such a simple idea but so very effective xx

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    November 2, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Really easy to follow instructions. I’m going to make a few ready for next year! Thank you. x

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      November 2, 2014 at 8:08 am

      Glad you like them! They really are so easy and look cute xx

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    Little Treasures
    November 2, 2014 at 8:16 am

    These look great! So easy, we always have jars lying around. We’re doing a pumpkin today so think we’ll do a couple of these too. Thanks!

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    November 2, 2014 at 9:39 am

    This is such a great idea! Will make a great alternative to pumpkins for next year.

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    November 2, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    What a great idea – and I’m thinking already of adapting it to make Christmas tinsel angels… great post

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      November 2, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      Angels, oh yeah they would look brill! I might try that too! Let me know if you go for it! X

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    November 2, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    So clever and simple – brilliant idea! 🙂


    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

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      November 2, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Thanks Jenna! X

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    November 2, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    I’ll be using that next year!! And yes, I also still have one of those bottomless bags of tea lights from Ikea in my garage!! (They are actually never-ending aren’t they?!)

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      November 2, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      Honestly I think I now have four or five left so need to get my next 20 year supply in soon! Xx

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    Mummy's Blog
    November 2, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    These are great! I tried to get googly eyes for Halloween and they were sold out everywhere! I’lk have to stock up before next Halloween xx

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    sarah christie
    November 3, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    These are just sooooo cute I love them x

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    Katie (@mami2fiveblog)
    November 3, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Such a simple yet effective idea! We’ll have to give this a go next year, I bet my older ones would have a great time making these 😀 #SundayStars

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    Everything Mummy
    November 5, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Love them such a simple idea but they look great!

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    Heledd - Running in Lavender
    November 5, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Ha ha ha, best day of his life, I love it!! What is it with Halloween? My 4 year old loves it too, she’s obsessed with witches, one of her favourite films is Hocus Pocus. Love these little jam jar mummies, we made them too, so much fun! #SundayStars xx

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      November 5, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      I haven’t seen Hocus Pocus, must put that on the list! Xx

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    Kala Elton
    November 26, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Cool lanterns ! Some ways to make lanterns you can refer

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