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My wife came up with a quick and easy decoration for a friend's upcoming Halloween party. We call them Jug O' Lanterns. I’ve seen them used as ghosts before with white lights in them, but we had orange lights so we used jack o’ lantern patterns.

All you need is:

Some empty water jugs (we used 7)

A string of orange “Halloween lights”

Some Jack O’ Lantern stencils (resized to fit the jugs)

Black marker


Sharp knife


Alcohol and paper towels


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Step 1: Get some water jugs and maybe a helper...

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Water jugs work best because there's no residue to clean out.

Step 2: Clean the exterior

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Carefully remove the label on the front of the jug. Then clean the back with rubbing alcohol to remove any residue. If there's a date stamp on the back, be sure to clean it off too.

Step 3: Print your patterns

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Print up your favorite jack o' lantern carving patterns, or you can skip this step and free-hand a classic "Jack O' " face. I found mine at: pumpkinmasters.com. I had to rescale them to fit the jugs though. You can do that in the print set-up window.

Step 4: Time for tape!

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First you'll need to cut out the shaded areas on the template with a craft knife. (exacto or olfa knife) Then tape the pattern to the jug, making sure to secure it in several places to keep it from puckering and moving.

Step 5: Mark away!

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Now, carefully trace around the stencil with a black permanent marker. My wife's first attempt was free handed with a blue marker. (middle jug) So I filled it in with the black, but left him with blue eyes...
Maybe next time I use them I might put some like sand or Kitty litter in the bottom to help them stay upright
timingworks (author)  KiltedHenry1 year ago
I'm sorry that I left out the need for sand, definitely need to be weighted down. I'm glad they were so popular!
yneedto1 year ago
I was grateful to find this DIY. I made my own and they were a hit with the neighborhood kids. Couldn't keep them off my porch for two weeks. Thanks!
timingworks (author)  yneedto1 year ago
I'm glad you found it then! Yours look great!
I made a set of these and had them out on the walk Recived a few comments about them. Thanks for the idea
myrrhmaid1 year ago
Great idea! Thanks!
These are the best all my moms friends are jeleaus
timingworks (author)  spicynacho91 year ago
Cool, I'm going to do a set of bats with purple lights.
rchaves21 year ago
Me ensina.hugo q está falando nao o papai rodrigo !!!!
timingworks (author)  rchaves21 year ago
Me desculpe, eu não falo português