DIY Halloween Props – Mason Jar Hanging Lights (Solar Powered!)

hey I’m Jamie and I’m Jay and today
we’re gonna make a spooky Halloween light every year for Halloween we do a
really big hot setup in our yard it’s kind of a New Orleans graveyard
theme we’ve got tombstone skeletons ghosts and this year we’re gonna make
some really cool swamp lights to hang from the trees in our yard so we made a
bunch of these Swamp lights last year and they were such a big hit that we
wanted to make a few more and show you how it’s done
so I’m not really sure exactly what kind of fabric this is but if you google
spooky Halloween fabric you’re sure to find it I want the fabric to look like
Spanish moss so I’m gonna dye it with a little bit of green and brown fabric dye
I screwed up here and use a little bit too much Brown so I had to read I it
don’t don’t be like me this has to sit for about 30 minutes so while we’re
waiting we’re gonna go ahead and prep for messenger I want the jar to look old
so I’m going to apply a thin layer of peat to it this will also help to
diffuse the light I’m using acrylic paint and I want to make it look dirty
so I’m going to use dirt the dirt didn’t actually do a whole lot but it gave it a
little bit of texture I crumpled up a paper towel and got it wet and use that
to sponge a really really thin layer of paint on
to make it look even dirtier I made a wash with some brown paint and then use
the toothbrush to flick on some blue spots to make the wash you mix a little
bit of paint with a lot of water and this helps it to be transparent I used
some green for the final touch alright that looks good let’s let this dry and
then we’ll put it all together rinse out your fabric really well I have no idea
why I’m only wearing one glove make sure your fabric is completely dry before the
next step the width of the fabric seemed fine as is so I just cut off some excess
at the bottom I’m using a hot glue gun here to loosely glue it around the edges
it doesn’t need to be perfect you want to keep it gathered in organic-looking
this is just some twine you can get at any craft or hardware store I glued one
end on and then wrapped it around really tight this helps to hide the edge where
the fabric is glued on it’s okay to go a little overboard on the glue you want
these to last so I’m going to trim this fabric a little more at the end to make
it look organic kind of like Spanish moss but for now we’re going to go ahead
and put the rest of it together so the way that these things actually light up
is from these solar-powered pathway lights that you can get at the big-box
store these actually cost about 3 bucks apiece when you buy a bunch of them we
got a couple different ones because we weren’t sure exactly which type we
wanted to use they all basically do the same thing but there were some slight
differences mainly in the LED on the bottom here we wanted to modify this and
that one wasn’t going to work so we took this one and went forward this is
definitely like extra credit here you really don’t need to do this but what I
wanted to try here was to take apart one of these little flickering candles with
a very orange light that are meant to sort of replicate candle light and I
took it apart and basically cut off the orange flickering LED and I was gonna
try to install this in the solar light and see if that worked so we took off
the bottom of the solar light that was pretty easy just three screws in the
bottom popped right off I was pleasantly surprised at how simple it was inside is
just a real basic little circuit board if it was something real complicated I
wasn’t gonna do this but this seems like it’s gonna go it was just kind of
pressure fit in there so I pulled it off and all I had to do is heat the solder
on the back and the LED came right off I then took the other one and checked
the positive and negative on the battery slid it into the same spacer and then
use the same solder just heat it up and slid it right in and yeah all right that
worked it’s a really small modification but it’s gonna give us a more natural
orange kind of candle light look to it and it’s gonna be better than that just
bright white LED to attach the light I used some hot glue
on the room of the jar then I use even more glue to make sure it wasn’t going
anywhere to hide the scene where the lights attached to the rim and make sure
no light escapes we use more twine I want to give the lid a weathered look so
I start off by dry brushing on some greens and browns and bronze colors onto
it I really like dry brushes because it’s easy to do it’s super forgiving and
it always gives you a really cool effect I used a black wash to highlight the
seam around the edge this helps to give it a little more character and not look
so flat when you’re making a Halloween rock one of the keys to making it look
authentic is to make sure that it looks like it’s been out in the world for a
while have fun with it don’t be afraid to mess it up experiment and make it
dirty these are gonna name from a tree in our
front yard I’m not really sure how high or low we want them to be yet so what
we’re gonna do is we’re gonna do a couple pieces of string and tie a loop
at the top that way we can use another piece of string to hang them if you’re
gonna hang these outside they’re gonna sway in the wind quite a bit make sure
my attachment is secure I use some hot glue and then tie the knot
the same thing gets repeated on the other side again making sure it’s really
secure and double knotted from there take your two strings loop them at the
top and tie a knot we have about ten of these hanging in
our trees I love them because they’re affordable to make and they create a
really cool spooky atmosphere and in case you are wondering yes we leave ours
up year round hey guys thanks for watching we hope you
were inspired by this video and that you enjoyed it hit that like button leave as
a comment and subscribe to the wicked makers Channel we love Halloween here
and be with ton more crop and costing videos coming up thanks again for
watching and especially this time of year stay wicked today we’re gonna make
a spooky Halloween light spooky I should probably not do should I do that

87 thoughts on “DIY Halloween Props – Mason Jar Hanging Lights (Solar Powered!)

  1. They look really cool! Depending on the spooky theme one could also make "spooky ship lights" with pieces of fishing nets or algae on them or use a spooky green-ish or blue-ish light 😉

  2. Cleaver idea and well done. What is the music you put on background, the solo guitar is just ….. Love it.

  3. I love the LED swap! Makes all the difference. I'm pretty sure I've got some of those flickery ones lying around….

  4. They turned out great. I'm going to do a bunch of these for this year with creepy cloth. Thanks for uploading 🙂

  5. Love these. Sadly, we get so little sunlight here around Halloween, I’m not sure they’d last very long but I’m definitely going to give them a go for next year!

  6. Yep got my vote!…Now where are those old Mason jars?…..Thanks for the AWESOME IDEA!

  7. If you didn't want to go through the trouble of replacing the light you could just put a piece of orange cellophane over the top of the light and glue it there and that would hold it and it would glow Orange

  8. I love that you changed light. Since I do not have any flickering candles, i thought I would buy flicker leds and replace them that way. On the leds i want to purchase it requires at least 4.5vdc to fire the flicker circuit which I believe the solar will not provide. Am I correct?

  9. I don't have any solar led lamps and the ones they sell near me are pretty expensive :/ Do you guys think it'd be possible to put a real candle inside the jar? What changes would I have to make for it to work (except for obviously cutting a hole in the lid to make air for the candle)? I don't want my house to burn x)

  10. the fabric you have is called Creepy Cloth at Dollar Tree. You can get it in the green or grey / green color.

  11. For the top you could mix some instant coffee with school glue paint this in the lid the while wet,, dash some cinnamon . Gives it a rust effect.
    Just a thought .

  12. Would you recommend sealing the light/fabric to make it water proof? Love the light by the way ?

  13. Love these. I need to make a few for my new deck. The fabric you used is cheesecloth, which you can get at the grocery store usually in the utensil or canning supply section.

  14. Great idea, love the outcome! If I may, you could lose the music. It made it kind of hard to hear.

  15. Can you tell us again exactly what solar light that is ans where you bought it (hopefully Amazon)? Thanks.

  16. Just get the green colored creepy cloth and shred it a bit
    Then you don't have to dye it.
    Also I can barely hear you for the music.

  17. I have bought many different solar outdoor path lights over the years and all of them have only lasted one season. May I ask how many years have you had these outside? It looks like it would be rather complicated to take it all apart to replace with a new solar lantern lid. You guys are so creative! I really want to do this but also really want them to last! What is the battery for if they are solar and wouldn't you need to replace the battery over time and then have to pull off all the hot glued twine? I hope this isn't a stupid question.

  18. Halloween is the best time of the year. Your light is just what I need all year round.

  19. I have never once had any luck with a glue gun. The glue never holds, and just comes right off… is there some special type of glue stick you need?

  20. For anyone wondering what the cloth is at the beginning, its called cheesecloth. You can buy it at a fabric store or if you look up spooky table cover it should come up. Hope this helps!

  21. The fabric is common cheesecloth, you can buy that all over the place, fabric stores sell it by the yard, also hardware/paint stores sell cheesecloth, so its very easy to find.

  22. Just buy the mason jar solar lids. Use stained glass paint to paint the LEDs if they're not the color you want. Really cool project. I've made fairy jars like this with fairy and dragon silhouettes in them. Great to make with kids too.

  23. It’s really hard to understand what you guys are saying because of the solo guitar playing in the background it’s just a little too much

  24. white glue or mod podge mixed with a tiny amount of paint would work on the light and still give it a semi-transparent look

  25. 5:50 I've replayed it about 5 times now and all I can hear is 'And in case you are wondering, yes…. we will rise up your end' – I'm really sure that's not what you say LOL

  26. Spooky halloween fabric????………………………….um…………….Cheesecloth perhaps.

  27. Way too much work. Would be nice if it flickers. I would use solar led torch light lid as they work well and last long.

  28. I like what y'all are doing…but that guitar music has got to go. I had too 'mute' most of the video, that music was so awful.

  29. Tea and turmeriuc would have given you a good color for your lights with out using dye.

  30. They have that ** material ** @ Walmart in the HALLOWEEN stuff ***and where evr you might find Halloween stuff @ other places too,prices vary.. but that's soooo awesome..I really like that idea of SWAMP LIGHTS???????????

  31. You can get that cloth in that color by default too, I have some I got at a Dollar Tree.

  32. Personally to make replacing the light easy I would have cut the jar lid and glued it and the light together, in case the light quits on you.

  33. So this craft looks cool but I doubt most people have a soldering iron at home. So I feel this could have been a little simpler to reach a wider audience base.

  34. Too much buying extra stuff to hack it or take it apart. You can buy flickering LED’s without having to rip it out of another fixture.

  35. Very cool! Not sure if you've figured this out yet or not, but a great way to frost class and make it look old and weathered is to mix regular Elmer's school glue with water, and paint that on the glass. It seems to hold up and stick much better than latex paint. I made an old looking gas lantern using this technique. Here's a shot of the lantern

  36. reminds me of the Pirates ride at Disneyland when you’re in that swamp area in the beginning. love it!

  37. Great stuff guys. Next time you need dirty jars come grab em from my sink…. will save me some washing ;]

  38. LOL , damn quite ingenious and very nice … Thank You so much , I'll have to make some ^_^ also subbed to your channel for sure 😀

  39. Yep, it really does resemble Spanish Moss❣️Great look❗️?

  40. Love them! I don’t know if I saw it correctly but how would you replace the battery if need be? It’s late, so I might be mistaken and the battery compartment was on the bottom.

  41. I would just like to point out that I think it’s hilarious how many comments are arguing over what the cloth is called. ? Let’s all agree that cheese cloth, creepy cloth, and gauze cloth are the same thing!!! It’s just different thickness and whatnot. I needed cheese/creepy/gauze cloth for a cabinet staining project once, and realized that Menards and Home Depot carry two different types, and they were not leaving the same finish. I had to go back to the store and buy the type I originally started with. ?

  42. The video was great, but the music made it hard to listen to the the directions and harder to concentrate on the instructions, but another great idea I'll incorporate into my New House for next Halloween. Awesome ??

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