Learn how to make this easy homemade Halloween decoration that looks just like a Pottery Barn candle holder for less than $3.00.
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Catalog Love… and Hate
Each season you can find me drooling over the holiday catalogs from my favorite upscale decorating companies such as Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, and West Elm. I adore their home decorating style, I hate paying high prices for holiday décor.
I’d rather skip the $30 Halloween garland and save my money for big décor items that have more impact (I’m currently saving for a massive ottoman).
Still, a girl can dream… and the fall Pottery Barn catalog had me captivated with its creepy Halloween Pumpkin luminaries, vintage Burlap Banners, and spooky Mummy candle holders. I had to put the catalog down and walk away before my budget was blown!
Knock Off Halloween Decoration
An upcycling idea stuck me while I was serving Healthy Chicken Tacos for dinner (inspiration strikes in the weirdest places). Somewhere between the avocado and tomatoes I realized that my favorite salsa is packaged in a jar that is nearly identical to the shape of the Pottery Barn Mummy Luminary.
I double checked the dimensions online and then decided to transform a few jars into an easy homemade Halloween decoration for my mantle!
I love this knock off project because it uses basic craft supplies and recycled glass jars. Our garbage service stopped recycling glass, so I am always happy to have a use for some empty jars.
Mummy Luminary Supplies
- Glass jars, approximately 3.5-4″ diameter 5.5″ high.
- Cheesecloth, approximately 3.5 x12 inches per jar (cut while still folded)
- White glass paint or acrylic enamel paint
- Modge Podge (matte version) or school glue
- Black Vinyl or Paper
- Foam brush, 1 inch
- Free PDF Pattern or SVG Cut File
Mummy Luminary Directions
- Peel off labels and clean jars. Use nail polish remover to remove the printed on expiration date.
- Paint the inside of the jar with white paint and cure according to paint directions. (You can also paint them with school glue, as long as they won’t get wet.)
- Cut the cheese cloth into 1.5-2 inch wide strips that are 12 inches long.
- Paint the outside of the jar with Mod Podge or school glue.
- Wrap the jars with the cheesecloth; make sure it sticks to the Modge Podge. Crisscross the cheesecloth “bandages” around the jar a few times to make it look more like a mummy. Make sure to wrap some over the lip of the jar and under the bottom edge. (Reserve one piece of cheesecloth for step 8).
- Cut out black eyes. Download the PDF pattern or Silhouette cut file. Place the eyes about 1/3 of the way down the jar and 1-inch apart. Stick them to the jar while the Modge Podge is still wet.
- Use the final piece of cheese cloth to wrap the jar, draping it over a portion of the eyes.
- Allow the jar to dry and light with a battery operated votive candle.
Halloween Decoration Savings
The original Mummy Luminaries sell for $24.50. My knock off version saves 90% off retail price!
The knock-off version costs:
- Modge Podge (matte), $0.50
- Cheesecloth $0.50
- Glass Paint $0.75
- Black vinyl or paper $0.50
- Foam brush, $0.20
- Total cost – $2.45
That’s what I call a win-win-win… I get a great new homemade Halloween decoration, save money, AND recycle!
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