Mason Jar Mummy Craft: Homemade Lanterns for Halloween

By Joan
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The dim glow from these Mason Jar Mummies creates a cool Halloween atmosphere around your house and are an easy decoration to make yourself at home. 

They are cheap to make, can be done in just a few minutes, and are a fun family activity to do with the kids in the lead up to Halloween. 

In this post you will find a full tutorial so you can easily DIY your Mason Jar Mummy, complete with step by step photos and a video demonstration. 

Mummy Craft Idea for Halloween with Mason Jars

Prepare Your Mason Jar and Craft Materials

This is a relatively simple craft project with only a few items needed. 

If you have the kids helping out just be careful that the jars are not able to roll off the table while the project is in progress. 

It also goes without saying that a fake candle should be used. Flame and toilet paper do not mix, especially when there are children involved. 

Mason Mummy Jar Craft Materials


Before you get started on the written instructions, check out the video below for a full walkthrough of the project. 

You can see it come together in less than one minute! 


How to Make a Mason Jar Mummy Lantern Craft

How to Make a Mason Jar Mummy Lantern

Turn your leftover mason jars from the kitchen into a spooky, but decorative, mummy this Halloween.

With an LED candle you can turn this Mummy craft into a lantern that will transform your home in time for the big day.

This craft idea is suitable for kids, and is a fun activity for the family to do together in the leadup to the holiday.

Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy


Stage 1: Wrap the Mason Jar with Mummy Bandages

  1. Step 1 - Secure one end of the toilet paper with glue or sticky tape so that it is held in place when you start wrapping. Step 1
  2. Step 2 - Gently wrap the paper around the mason jar on various angles to create that bandaged look. Step 2
  3. Step 3 - Secure the loose end of the paper in place to complete your mummy bandages. Step 3

Stage 2: Add the features of Mummy Mason Jar Craft

  1. Step 4 - Glue the Googly eyes in place at the top third of the jar. Step 4
  2. Step 5 - Place the LED tea light inside the jar to create that glow effect. Best not to use a flame for safety reasons. Step 5
  3. Step 6 - Your Mummy Mason Jar is ready for decoration. Dim the lights for the best effects! Mason Jar Mummy Craft Decoration for Halloween

Why Make Mason Jar Mummies

If you save up your leftover jars from the kitchen for a few weeks leading up to Halloween you can save most of the cost for making a mason jar mummy. It would also show your kids how to make use of what might otherwise end up in the trash. 

The end product look unexpectedly cute, which make them a suitable Halloween decoration to have around kids… Spooky lighting, but a friendly face.  

It is also just a great way to engage your children in some fun playtime activities while building excitement ahead of Halloween, and the big night of trick or treating. 

For More Halloween Crafts

Check out some of the links below for more Halloween craft ideas. You can also check out our full list here.

Final Word

The finished product can look as good as a plastic store-bought light, and you can make so many of them for low cost that you can place them all-around your house and porch area on Halloween night with great effect. 

Your mason jars are mostly intact with only some glue or sticky tape on the outside. So after Halloween, you could take the decoration apart in seconds to use elsewhere, or save for future years so you can have the fun of making them all over again. 

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Joan is our creative specialist who puts together our craft projects and video tutorials to help parents engage their children in productive activities. Joan also runs an online arts & crafts store called Papel de Arte.

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