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Published on September 23rd, 2011 | by Karen Lee


Halloween Craft: Mummified Glass Jar Candle Holder

Halloween Craft: mummy candle holders

Need a fun Halloween craft? Make these upcycled glass jar mummy lanterns!

I have a short walkway in front of my house with solar lamps along the path. Still, I worry that they are not bright enough when little kids come trick-or-treating in costume on Halloween. This Halloween craft was just the thing to fix my problem!

So this year, I decided to upcycle some glass jars to make mummified lanterns to provide a little more light while setting the mood. You can use beeswax candles or solar lamps, like the ones that I used for this Jack-O-Lantern, or battery operated flickering candles.

You can group a few lanterns together, put one on each step, or line them up along a path. Regardless, I think they are functional Halloween craft as well as decorative. You can get creative with the facial expressions and make them smile, frown, scary, or surprised.

So let’s get mummified!

You will need:

  • Wide Mouth Glass Jar – pickle jar, sauce jar, mason jar, etc.
  • Gauze tape or cheese cloth
  • Wheat Four or All Purpose Flour
  • Water
  • Black Construction Paper or facial feature cut outs
  • Elmer’s Glue

Mummy Candle Holder
First you want to prepare the gauze strips. You can raid your First Aid box for a roll of gauze tape but if you have cheesecloth, that works too. Just cut them in strips in any workable length and width for your glass jar.

Set aside your gauze and mix together your flour and water. I used unbleached white whole wheat flour for this because I wanted the color of the lanterns to look like aged mummies. Depending on how many glasses you are using and how big they are, the amount of flour and water you need will vary. Just make sure the mixture is a thin gravy-like consistency.

Oh, and make sure to line your work surface as it’ll get messy.

Once you have a good mixture of flour and water, soak the gauze strips in the glue.
Mummy Candle Holder
Gently squeeze out the glue mixture from the strips so that they are not dripping but moist. Start covering the jar with strips in an irregular pattern. No one expects mummies to be perfectly wrapped so, an irregular wrap will be best.

When the jar is completely covered, let it dry overnight.
Mummy Candle Holder

Cut out the eyes and mouths with black construction paper and glue them on with Elmer’s glue.
Mummy Candle HoldersIntroducing the Mummy Family!

mummy candle holdersYou can play around with different expressions using opposite sides of your jars. I made this side with different eyes.

I’ve seen jars just wrapped in gauze, but it will eventually fall down because of the slippery glass surface. Using the flour glue will ensure that this Halloween craft will stay put for years to come.


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Karen lives a simple, frugal, green life and shares her eco tips and news on ecokaren and is a co-founder of Green Sisterhood, a network of community of green women bloggers, making change. When she's not managing Green Sisterhood or blogging on ecokaren, she is a chauffeur to two greenagers, wife to an accidental recycler, master chef to hungry locavores, seamstress, knitter, and dumpster diver, not necessarily in that order.

19 Responses to Halloween Craft: Mummified Glass Jar Candle Holder

  1. Jennifer Ressmann says:

    so cute and fun! they would be great with sand in the bottom and displayed as Luminarias! cute cute!

  2. christal says:

    Could you use craft glue like modge podge all over and would soaking the gauze or cheesecloth in coffee achieve a similar “aged” look? Thanks! 

    • Karen Lee says:

      I didn’t try using Mod Podge but that would probably work. And soaking cheesecloth in coffee or tea would probably work too. I’m sure there are a million different ways to make “aged” look mummies (redundant?). I find using flour one easy way to achieve both. Let me know how your method works out. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Plummy Mummy says:

    These are absolutely brilliant. It’s Diwali (Hindu Festival of Lights) at the end of the month and i’m going to make some of these as it’s much safer to leave on overnight than a candle.

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  6. Zoeygirl75 says:


  7. Melissa_schaal says:

    do you mix the flour and water mixture w the the glue?  Or do you put the flour mixture on after putting the strips on w the glue?

  8. Cherylcln says:

    At Melissa – that confused me too.  I think she means the flour/water mixture IS a glue… and then the actual Elmer’s glue is only used for the eyes… but I had to go read twice because I was wondering when the flour/glue “gravy” came in too – lol.

    • karen says:

      You are right – flour/water mixture acts like glue. And Elmer’s Glue is for the eyes. The “gravy” consistency is to describe how thick the flour/water mixture should me. Sorry it was confusing to you. It’s so hard to ‘explain’ in words sometimes. 🙂

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  11. Melissa says:

    I mixed the flour and water and then mixed in glue, Im not sure the cloth would have stuck to the glass well otherwise. I made these over the weekend, they turned out cute!

    • karen says:

      Hi Melissa,
      You didn’t need to add the glue. The idea is to use only the flour/water as glue and it sticks to the glass fine. Elmer’s Glue was for gluing the eyes since you had to glue it after the jar was dried. But you did it! Glad you like it! Have a Happy Halloween!!

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  13. Pook says:

    Thank you for the creative ideas. They are cute.

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