Jack-o'-lantern kids craft

Glowing Jack-o’-Lantern Craft for Kids

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It’s almost Halloween!

And it wouldn’t feel like Halloween in the US without jack-o’-lanterns. Jack-o’-lanterns are hallowed out pumpkins usually carved with spooky faces and lit from within.

Did you know that this tradition was actually brought to the US by Irish immigrants?

In Ireland, jack-o’-lanterns (made for the purpose of scaring away evil spirits) were typically carved out of turnips or potatoes. However, when immigrants came to the US, they opted for the pumpkins which were more common to the region.

So this year my kids and I made this fun jack-o’-lantern craft out of tissue paper and a plastic cup. Easy to make and (relatively) mess-free!

And when you put an electric tea light in it, it lights up from the inside just like a real jack-o’-lantern.

My son had so much fun assembling his jack-o’-lantern craft and he was delighted to see his glowing completed creation!

Jack-o'-lantern kids craft

Jack-o’-Lantern Craft

Jack-o'-lantern kids craft materials



Cut 1×1 squares of orange tissue paper. Cut out the eye and mouth shapes you want from the black construction paper.

Cut out orange tissue paper and a pumpkin face for the jack-o'-lantern from black construction paper

Turn the cup upside down and figure out where you want to place the eyes and mouth of your jack-o-lantern. Coat the inside of that part of the cup with Mod Podge.

Put Mod Podge on the inside of the cup where you want the face

Carefully stick the eyes and mouth to the inside of the cup and then cover with another layer of Mod Podge. Make sure they are positioned upright when the cup is upside down.

Stick the face to the Mod Podge on the inside of the cup

Use the brush to coat the bottom portion of the cup with Mod Podge. Place pieces of orange tissue on the cup so that they overlap with no gaps.

Put Mod Podge in the bottom of the cup and stick orange tissue paper to it

Use the brush to push the tissue into the position that you want it in and brush over it with more Mod Podge.

This part is super forgiving! Don’t worry if the tissue paper gets bunched up or you end up with several layers of tissue.

Continue painting the inside of the cup with Mod Podge and putting tissue paper on it.

Work your way up the cup, first coating the cup with Mod Podge and then adding the tissue paper. Cover right over the top of the eyes and mouth.

At the top of the cup, pick pieces of tissue that will leave you with a nice even rim around the edge of the cup.

Jack-o'-lantern cup craft completely covered in tissue paper on the inside

Roll up a small pice of green tissue paper to create a stem and use Mod Podge to secure it to the top of the cup.

Roll up green tissue paper and add to top for stem

Put an electric tea light (never a real candle!) underneath the cup and enjoy your glowing jack-o’-lantern craft for kids!

Finished jack-o'-lantern kids craft

These cute pumpkins are sure to get you in the spirit of Halloween! And they look super cute and festive lined up in a window at night.

Three completed jack o'lanterns

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