Mason Jar Halloween Lanterns and a $50 Giveaway (#5)

Mason Jar Halloween Lanterns

Hello! Have you been waiting for this tutorial and giveaway? I have been trying to get it up on my blog ALL DAY LONG! Things just sometimes get c.r.a.z.y when you’re a mom/wife/person!

YES! There is a giveaway for $25 to Expressions Vinyl and the Ribbon Retreat – $50 worth of crafting supplies! Just scroll to the bottom to find out how to enter to win!!

Anyway – I am loving these super cute little Halloween lanterns I made from Mason Jars – wanna make your own too? They are so super easy – Here is what you need:

- Mason Jars
- 22 gauge wire
- Vinyl
- Clear Matte Spray Paint
- Ribbon
- Candles

how to spray paint your mason jars

First: Take your lids off.

Halloween Mason Jar Laterns

Second: Take your wire and loop it around the top of your jar and make your handle. There are a few different ways to do it – I just make a little “J” at the end of the wire and and hook them together – simply cut off the extra.

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Third: Cut out your vinyl and using it like stickers – stick your vinyl on your jars. I used my Silhouette to cut out a few different Halloween shapes – but you can use whatever you have.

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Fourth: Apply a few coats of clear matte spray paint. I put the wire around the jar first – because then you won’t scrape any of the paint off while you are trying to get the wire on.

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Here is the jar all painted – I did a close up of the hooked wire so you can get a better shot at what it looks like.

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Fifth: Peel off all your vinyl. Be a little bit careful that you don’t scratch the paint off. A little bit might peel off – but its not a big deal. no worries!

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Sixth: Tie in your super cute ribbon to the sides. I did four different ribbons and tied them on in different ways to make each jar a little bit different.

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Add your candles and your done!

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I took my outside and hung them on some garden hooks I have. I love the way they look – so cute!

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Let’s light em’ up!

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They look awesome in the dark! It is so fun to see all the cute little designs shining through!

Spray paint mason jars

So I know, I know – you want to run to your craft space (your kitchen table if you are like me!) and make a bunch of your own – but sadly, you are low on vinyl and cute Halloween ribbon – boo.

Well – never fear because it just so happens I have a giveaway for both of those things!! (hip!hip!Hooray!)
Expressions Vinyl and The Ribbon Retreat are kind enough to offer a $25 gift certificate each – $50 free bucks worth of crafting supplies! yay!!


Expressions vinyl have so many awesome vinyls and colors to choose from – need outdoor? Indoor? Heat Transfer? Check them out!! You can use the vinyl for so many things – the projects are never ending! yay!


And The Ribbon Retreat – how do I even begin to tell you about all the amazing goods that they have – they have ribbon and everything you need to make bows – they have large ric rac – they have AMAZING fabrics – they have EVERYTHING! This place it truly one of my favorite places to buy supplies – I love it because I can browse from the comfort of my couch (while my kiddos make a mess of my own home) and almost everything ships in 1 business day! I can wait a couple days for supplies if I don’t have to drag my kids with me! haha! If you have never bought from the Ribbon Retreat – now is this time ladies! now is the time! They also have sweet deals on Wednesdays and if you like them on facebook you can see what deals are. Also they have an awesome blog that has giveaways a couple times a month (they are giving away $20 right now!) Subscribe to know when the giveaways are!

To Enter:
You must be a follower of my blog – sorry but I do this from them because they rock my world!!
Please, please go have a look at these awesome sponsors and come back here and leave a comment telling me what you would put your $25 towards at EACH shop – also,

For One Extra Entry:
Please like their facebook pages found here and here and leave a comment thanking them for the giveaway! (it is really nice of them!)

For One Extra Entry:
You may tweet out how totally awesome the fall festival giveaway is!
Just make sure you use @creativendeavor so I can see it!
You can use something like “I just entered to win the $50 ribbon retreat/expressions vinyl giveaway with @creativendeavor!  Hurry and enter here - http://bit.ly/pvUbQQ

This giveaway will close on Saturday, September 24th at Midnight (MST)

Good Luck!

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Jessica said...

From Expressions Vinyl, Id buy the ink jet printable vinyl since I dont have a cricut or a silhouette.

From the Ribbon Retreat Id love to purchase a few of their Seasonal Mixes of ribbons. I really love the Trick or Treat mix.

barneyn said...

I love the packs of 3/8 ribbon from the ribbon retreat and the heat transfer vinyl from expression vinyl!

nelly dot barney at yahoo dot com

barneyn said...


nelly dot barney at yahoo dot com

Jessica said...

Here is the link to my comment on Expression Vinyl's facebook page


and here is the link to my comment on Ribbon Retreat's facebook page:


Jessica said...



Unknown said...

Oh my gosh, these are so cute! I have to make some! From Expressions Vinyl I would probably buy some outdoor vinyl in a few colors. I didn't even know there was outdoor vinyl, so that's exciting! From The Ribbon Retreat I would buy the Swiss Dots convenience pack. I like it so much, I would pay the extra cost!

Sims Family said...

I LOVE those lanterns Amanda! I am totally going to make some. I would also love to win the giveaway! Thanks for the fun!

Staci J said...

Oh those lanterns are darling!! I'm loving this giveaway! I love the Lost and Found line from Riley Blake (Ribbon Retreat) and the Halloween blocks are darling from Expressions Vinyl

Staci J said...

I "like" both their facebook pages!

Candice said...

I love the lanterns...so CUTE!!! I have always liked the "Rooftop Garden" by Moda Fabrics (Ribbon Retreat) and from Expressions vinyl I like the printable inkjet vinyl. Such a great idea!!

Candice said...

I also liked both pages on facebook.

Unknown said...

I like both of them on FB!

Unknown said...

At the ribbon retreat I would get the wild one 3/8 in mix and at expressions vinyl i would get some heat transfer tshirt vinyl!

S.Greiner said...

I love the Solid Grosgrain...especially the new Berry Pink and the Plumberry!!!

Expression Vinyl...I'm all about getting some outdoor vinyl to make some rustic lookin' signs for this Spring!

S.Greiner said...

I liked both pages on facebook (Always Just A Mom)

S.Greiner said...

I tweeted about the Fall Fever...@stephcmsu!

StephanieC said...

i follow on RSS, from expressions i would buy the purple and pink indoor vinyl sheets. from ribbon i would buy some of their CHEAP clippies! Sgl Prong Clips-REG scg00387 at yahoo dot com

StephanieC said...

i like both their pages and commented steph sweeper scg00387 at yahoo dto com

StephanieC said...

http://twitter.com/#!/SwoodsonSays/status/116006188780498944 scg00387 at yahoo dot com

Kara said...

This is an awesome giveaway Amanda! From Expressions Vinyl I would get the iron on T-shirt transfers, I've always wanted to try them.
From The Ribbon Retreat I would get the Sugar and Spice Riley Blake fabric. So cute!

Kara said...

I liked both of them on FB. :)

Julie said...

Thanks for the giveaways!! Expressions vinyl is my shop for crafts I like to make for friends and family! And Ribbon Retreat is a great place to top off my crafts with a creative touch of a bow! Love it!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the giveaways! I "liked" Expression Vinyl on Facebook, but I'm already a HUGE fan of Ribbon Retreat on and off of Facebook. I want to try the heat transfers from Expression Vinyl, and from Ribbon Retreat, I love their convenience packs!
Thanks again, and I love your blog too! I'm going to really enjoy reading your tutorials and following you. :-)

Anne said...

I have been wanting to put a cute sign up in my laundry room and the vinyl would be perfect for what I have in my craft mind's eye.

And...who can ever have enough cute ribbon? Love the polka dot options. Love it!

Kaysi @ Keeping it Simple said...

I follow you!


Kaysi @ Keeping it Simple said...

I their both of their pages on facebook


Lauri said...

I want to make those lanterns!
I have a cricut that has been in the box for about 2 years! I would buy some vinyl so I can pull that out and learn how to use it!

I have two little girls who could never have enough bows to adorn their hair! I would buy tons of ribbon!

Mandi@MandiBeingCrafty said...

So simple! I have put this on my pinterest! Thanks for sharing! Stopping by from Lil Luna link party

Karen said...

I am a new follower of your blog!


Karen said...

I love the seasonal mixes from ribbon retreat and the heat transfer vinyl from vinyl expressions.


Karen said...

I like them both on facebook!


Karen said...

I am lovin' the houndstooth ribbon at Ribbon Retreat! The Moda fabric is to die for too!!

I would get lots of vinyl in just about every color for my Cricut! I love it:)

Thanks for the giveaway!

Karen said...

I already liked both on FB, and made a thank you comment!

Karen said...

I tweeted about the giveaway!
Thanks so much:)


Michelle said...

I would get the inkjet vinyl from Expressions Vinyl! I would LOVE to see how that works, sounds awesome!

From the ribbon retreat, I would love to get some of the Halloween ribbon so I could recreate the awesome mason jar craft!! Maybe even some different holiday ribbon as well :) I am a sucker for Christmas decorations!


RockinRhoades said...

From Expressions Vinyl I like the decor kits they have and from Ribbon Retreat I would LOVE to get my daughter a tutu.

Jessica said...

Super cute idea. I am your newest follower. Feel free to check out my site and follow me back here: www.utahcountymom.com

Eileen, Kevin & Hailey said...

From Expressions vinyl I would buy a ton of indoor vinyl 9x24 for my Silhouette, which is an almost weekly event so this would be awesome!

From Ribbon retreat I would buy a crazy amount of satin ribbon in assorted colors, I can't believe I've never heard of them before!

The Clayburn Family said...

I like both facebook pages and I left some love!

The Clayburn Family said...

I am a follower of your blog and with the money I would get some silhoutte outdoor vinyl from Expressions Vinyl and buttons and ric rac from The Ribbon Retreat!!

Leanne said...

Hi Amanda! I love these. I have some of that paint so I just need to make me some lanterns now. I'll be featuring these tomorrow.

Unknown said...

that projects really cool but I was wondering. 1st do you have to sand the jars fist? And, 2nd can I leave the stickers on?


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