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How to Make a Jack-O-Lantern Using a Plastic Jug


Ellen shared these directions for transforming an empty plastic jug into a fun jack-o-lantern. She likes to call this craft a jack-o-jug.

  • Age Guideline: 5 Years and Up
  • Time Required: 30 minutes (Does not include drying time)

The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.


Materials Needed:

Start off by pouring about a 1/4 cup of orange paint into a plastic milk jug. Place the lid on top of the plastic jug and shake it until the entire inside is coated with paint. Remove the lid and let the paint dry.

Once the inside seems dry, place the lid back on the plastic jug. Curl each end of the chenille stem by wrapping it around a pencil. Fold the center of the chenille stem just a little and then glue it to the lid on the plastic jug. Cut leaves out of craft foam, felt, or green paper and glue them onto the chenille stem to cover the fold.

Use black paint to make a jack-o-lantern face on the front of the plastic jug. If you need some inspiration for your jack-o-lantern face, check out these pumpkin carving patterns. Let the paint dry.

Use a pair of scissors or even a utility knife and cut a hole in the back of the plastic jug. Out some sand into the jug to cover the bottom and them place the tea light candle in it.

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