Water Jug Pumpkins

Who doesn't love using recycled materials to create an adorable craft? Check out this super-easy Halloween craft I made with my boys -- Glow-in-the-Dark Pumpkins.  This craft was so simple, I plan to make a bunch with my boys to decorate our house on Halloween night.

All you need is:
  • an empty water bottle or milk jug (washed out)
  • a black Sharpie
  • Green paint and paint brush
  • Orange glow sticks
Here is how easy it is:

1)  Paint the cap green.  I just used regular old kid's craft paint.  

2)  Draw a jack-o-lantern face with a Black Sharpie.  (Note:  You might want to make your face scarier -- my five year old told me mine wasn't scary enough.  :-)

3)  Insert an orange glow stick.  I actually ended up adding a glow stick and two glow necklaces in order to get a really good "glowing" effect.

So easy, right???  Can't you just picture a bunch of these water jug pumpkins lining the path to your door on Halloween night?

Gina (aka East Coast Mommy)


  1. Shannon Thornhill-Kelly20 September 2011 at 23:08

    Hey there!
    I usually make these every year! You can also cut a small hole in the back and insert a string of white or orange lights for the glow effect. I have also added 'hair' to the ghosts by using white, green or black garbage bags or coloured cellophane. Just cut the bag into the size of a dinner plate or salad plate. Fit the circle over the lid of the jug with an elastic band, and cut the bag into fringes to make it look like hair! You can also tie some colourful ribbon abound the elastic band. Definitely a fun project for kids!

  2. Isn't it amazing how sometimes the simple things are the best things??!! I love this! Pinterest here I come!

  3. I love how simple this is! Perfect for my husband to do with our four year old!

  4. We will have to do this... how fun!

    I featured your Fall Handprint Tree on my blog- I love it so much! http://funhandprintart.blogspot.com/2011/09/fall-hand-foot-crafts.html

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  6. Time to grab those milk jugs back from the recycling bin! This looks so much easier than doing 95% of the work carving a pumpkin for the kids.

  7. What a clever idea! Don't you love Family Fun and all the neat stuff they come up with?!

  8. We did these last year and they were a huge hit in the neighborhood! So cool!!!

  9. Thanks so much for sharing this cute idea at my Halloween Party! I love how you used the orange glow sticks, how clever!

    Laura @ Come Together Kids

  10. Cute Idea..We go through alot of milk here..Think I will make a few of these..

  11. i made some of these and filled them with christmas lights. i totally love the glowstick idea much better!!

  12. The battery tea lights work very well, too. I have ones that flicker and it's a very cool effect.

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