Glass Painted Halloween Pumpkin Lantern

Martha Stewart Glass Paint Pumpkin Lantern

I’ve been wanting to play with glass paint for awhile. Then the new Martha Stewart glass paints came out, and I really wanted to play with glass paint. I had visions of some sort of lantern in my head, and with Halloween being my favorite holiday, I knew that it would be along those lines. I knew I wanted orange stripes, and the stripes turned into a pumpkin . . . and don’t you love it how craft projects evolve? This one definitely did, and I’ve got the process for you. It’s very easy to make your own pumpkin lantern with glass paint.

Gather These Supplies

  • Glass jar with a wide mid-section – mine is from Hobby Lobby
  • Martha Stewart Glass Paint – I used the Mace Frost Translucent and the Beetle Black Gloss
  • FolkArt Enamel Paint – I used Evergreen
  • Martha Stewart Adhesive Stencils – Bold Sans Alphabet
  • Martha Stewart Patterning Tape – 1/4″
  • Spouncers
  • Craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Paintbrush
To get my stripes even on the jar, I used a very non-scientific method. I put stencil tape around the middle of the jar. Then I peeled it off and placed it on top of my ruler.

I discovered that the circumference of the jar was 14″ around the middle, so I decided to make my stripes 1″ apart. I marked the tape every 1″ with a pencil – then I peeled it back up and placed it around the middle of the jar again.

Every pencil mark, I placed a piece of tape vertically until there were stripes all the way around the jar – then I cut away my horizontal piece of tape. All I had left was vertical stripes. I proceed to tap the Frost paint all of the jar with a spouncer. I gave it one coat and then went back around and did it again.

When it dried, I peeled the tape off. I learned a fancy little trick to help peel the tape away and get clean lines (and not pull up the glass paint). Score it with the craft knife on both sides of the tape. It pulls up so easily!

A little secret before I move on. I ruined another mason jar before I found my pumpkin jar. I thought I wanted a pumpkin, then I didn’t, so I used leaf stencils to try to make an autumn themed lantern. THEN I decided to go back to the pumpkin, so I tried washing the leaf stencil paint off and filling back in the areas. Um – that didn’t work. Can you say craftfail? I guess my jar wanted to be a pumpkin all along.

Since my jar wanted to be a pumpkin, I painted the lid green and gave him a face with some stencils and black glass paint.

Martha Stewart Glass Paint Pumpkin LanternHere’s our pumpkin lantern friend again. I used an LED votive rather than a candle to light him up. That way I can keep the lid screwed on. I love him!

Do you make a hobby of putting faces on things with glass paint? If so, you’ll also love these emoticon mugs by our friend Melissa at No. 2 Pencil.