Glow in the dark Halloween luminaries!

by Melissa

Although this post isn’t actually a part of my Crafting with Kids! series it is another great project you can get your kids involved with. If you are having a Halloween party this year and inviting over some kid monsters or adult monsters then how about scaring up a good time with these Halloween Luminaries. Continue reading to find out how easy they were to make with some of my favorite Mod Podge supplies.

DIY Halloween Luminaries


Jar (Mason or Recycled Food Jar)

Glow In The Dark Mod Podge

Folk Art Acrylic Paint (orange and gray)

Mod Podge Mod Melts

Mod Podge Silicone Craft Mat

Sponge Brush

Hot Glue


1. I started off first by recycling an old spaghetti jar for this project. I cleaned it up with soap and water and let it dry completely before starting. Once it was dry I painted it with Folk Art neon orange acrylic paint using a sponge brush. You don’t have to paint the jar if you don’t like, in that case you can skip to step 3 and then go to step 2. If you are painting then you will want to add more coats to get the darkness to your liking. Just be sure to allow the paint to fully dry between coats otherwise your previous paint will just slide right off the glass.


2. While my glass jar was drying between coats, my daughter and I decided that we wanted our pumpkins face to be 3D and pop off the jar for a little added texture and fun. We made this happen with some Mod Podge high temp mini mod melts. I can’t decide what I like more the mod melts or the silicone craft mat. They have Mod Molds for the melts which are pretty fantastic. However, I was able to free hand a funky little face right onto the Mod Podge craft mat. Once it dried it peeled right up like a dream, which means the clean up was just as fabulous. Hot glue, Mod Melts, acrylic paint…. you name it. It all peeled up or washed off the mat so easily. It didn’t take long for the Mod Melts to dry, think hot glue drying here. Once it set up I let my daughter paint them up with some Folk Art medium gray.


3. Once you have let your jar and mod melt face dry you can move on to the next steps. I definitely wanted my luminary to glow which is kind of the point right? We made ours glow and reusable by painting on Glow In The Dark Mod Podge. This stuff is amazing, so many great ways you can use it. Plus, who doesn’t love things that glow in the dark? The important thing to remember with this step is that the more coats you apply the better your jar will glow. Be sure to wait 15-20 minutes between each coat.


4. Now that you have your luminary glowing it is time to attach the funky face. We used a hot glue gun to attach our pumpkin face. Caution: If you are gluing on your face with a hot glue gun you will need to use the glue very sparingly. If you add to much then the Mod Podge will try to peel off the jar. At this point you are all done just let your jar charge itself in the light during the day and he will be ready to glow for you come party time.


You can make a whole slew of these guys to sit around for your party or line your driveway for the big night. Another great idea would be to paint the lid green and even use them as candy jars or homemade apothecary jars. Attach them using E9000 to a dollar store candlestick holder and there you go a homemade apothecary jar. If you are looking for more ways to use the various Mod Podge supplies I mentioned then you can check out some of these ideas below.

I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid Crafts and Blueprint Social. The opinions and idea for this craft in this post are all my own.

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Mitch October 13, 2014 - 9:41 AM

I never heard of mod podge. What a great DIY Halloween idea. I am going to have to get my artistic son on this right away!

Ben @ Cheap is the New Classy October 13, 2014 - 10:05 AM

That’s a really cool idea. My niece would love to do something like this. I’ll have to tell her mom about it.

Catherine S October 13, 2014 - 10:38 AM

What a neat and fun idea I have never heard of Mod Podge. These would be great to line up along my walkway.

Robin (Masshole Mommy) October 13, 2014 - 12:44 PM

They came out awesome! I love how easy they are to make.

Melinda October 13, 2014 - 2:08 PM

those are really cute. That would be a cute nightlight during the season

Dawn October 13, 2014 - 3:38 PM

I like ghoulish Halloween decorations and themes as much as the next girl, but sometimes it’s nice to see a project like this as well. This is so cute!

Rosey October 13, 2014 - 5:29 PM

I like that it’s easy to make. The hardest part is just waiting for between coats (I have to remove myself from the room and do something else or I get too impatient).

Amanda October 13, 2014 - 8:09 PM

So cute! What a perfect craft to make with the kids! Love this!

Felicia October 13, 2014 - 8:14 PM

We made a few of these last year. They are so much fun.

Amanda October 13, 2014 - 8:22 PM

That looks so easy to make! How fun!

Veronica October 13, 2014 - 7:22 PM

this is such a cool idea! I love this and just might be trying it

Deb October 13, 2014 - 8:23 PM

Mod podge is one of our favorite crafting items! These look like they would be easy to make and would be so cute for Halloween.

Liz Mays October 13, 2014 - 8:31 PM

This would be fun for a little atmosphere at a party. They’re cute and easy to make!

Megan @mnmspecial October 13, 2014 - 8:43 PM

These mod melts and clay are something I’ve never heard about. Love this luminaries idea.

Melissa Coleman October 14, 2014 - 7:01 AM

The mod melts are pretty cool, so many neat things you could do with them.

Christie October 13, 2014 - 9:16 PM

This turned out super fun! I like that you can keep reusing

Beth@FrugalFroggie October 14, 2014 - 5:57 AM

What a fun idea. My boys are asking me to get out halloween decorations out. I may have to today.

Amanda October 14, 2014 - 7:25 AM

FUN! I love Halloween! It is my favorite holiday!

Ronni October 14, 2014 - 5:51 AM

We made something similar but recycled milk jugs. The kids had a great time! These turned out great!

Stacie October 14, 2014 - 5:52 AM

These are so cute! They Turned out great!

Debbie L October 14, 2014 - 9:32 AM

Such a cute idea! Pinned to my Halloween board. I did not know Modge Podge made Glow in the Dark – fun!

Melissa Coleman October 14, 2014 - 2:51 PM

Yep, they do. 🙂 The Mod Podge brands makes all kinds of great stuff.

Chrystal @ YUM eating October 14, 2014 - 11:33 AM

What a great craft. I could possibly see myself making a few of these with my family.

Billie Rowell October 14, 2014 - 12:17 PM

We did this last yeat, except we used regular orange paint and painted on on the faces.

Ann Bacciaglia October 14, 2014 - 11:12 AM

This is such a neat idea. Easy to do and looks great. It would be perfect for doing with the younger kids.

Krystal October 14, 2014 - 11:39 AM

What a wonderful craft! This looks like it would be perfect to do with the kids.

Jessica (Savory Experiments) October 14, 2014 - 2:42 PM

Oh so pretty! I love working with Modge Podge and cute Halloween crafts.

Rachelle J October 14, 2014 - 4:37 PM

I love anything that can be made with modge podge and/or has anything to do with Halloween. We will have to try to make these for sure!

Lisa October 14, 2014 - 7:22 PM

What a fun project! I’m completely obsessed with Mod Podge! I seriously could spend entire days crafting!!!

Chrysa Duran October 14, 2014 - 7:14 PM

Love modge podge! Thanks for sharing that super easy and fun craft. The kids will love it!

Marina @ Mommy Snippets October 14, 2014 - 8:52 PM

We love Mod Podge! Looks like you got really creative. That’s the best thing about it!

Carly Anderson October 15, 2014 - 9:46 AM

These luminaries are so cute! I had no idea they had those molds for Mod Podge!

Amy Desrosiers October 15, 2014 - 12:03 PM

What a great craft for the kids! I love the way the pumpkin lights up!

Diana October 16, 2014 - 1:35 PM

Such a fun idea! I am loving the glow in the dark mod podge! Can’t wait to show off what I did with it!

Lara October 16, 2014 - 12:42 PM

I have only mod Podged once and it was a disaster. LOL! Great job!

Shannon Gosney October 22, 2014 - 12:29 AM

That looks like a fun and easy project! I’d love to try making these. 🙂