upcycled jar pumpkins

While browsing the endless vortex that is Pinterest I came across a tutorial for cute little glass “pumpkins” made from glass jars and canning lids.  I liked the idea so I saved it for later wondering what jars I had that could be used…not wanting to sacrifice any of my precious canning jars of course!  A few days later I was rummaging through the pantry when I found some glass jars we had been saving for nothing in particular. As soon as I saw them again I knew they would be perfect!

jar pumpkins

These particular jars held candles but we don’t use candles, so I melted and discarded all the wax but saved the jars:)  Any rounded jar would work!

Supplies Needed:

  • small glass jars with lids
  • paint
  • paintbrush
  • plastic plate or lid to dry the jars upside down


  1. Clean and dry your jars and lids.
  2. Apply dollops of paint inside your jar (I didn’t have orange so I mixed yellow and red together in the jar) and swirl it to coat evenly.  If your paint is thick, add a few drops of water or spread around with a paint brush.jar pumpkins
  3. Once you are satisfied with the look of the paint, turn jars upside down on a plate or container to allow the excess paint to drip out. Leave overturned for about an hour.jar pumpkins
  4. Paint your lids brown (or green if you prefer!) while the jars are drying.
  5. After an hour or so check jars to ensure paint has dried; if not, allow them to dry some more.  Once completely dry, add lids and display!

This project took me about 10 minutes to complete, not including dry time.  I love how easy it was and since I mixed my own orange, each pumpkin is slightly different in colour just like real pumpkins!  This is a simple, understated way to decorate your home for fall!

jar pumpkins

Photographing these guys was not easy!  All the rooms in my house very well lit with windows, and the dark spots like the basement would require a camera mounted flash that would still reflect on the glass…oh well, you get the idea!

jar pumpkins

When David saw these sitting on the hallway ledge he asked me what was inside.  I didn’t think of using them for storage, but I suppose you could!  Obviously don’t put food inside but small wrapped candies might be a fun idea!

jar pumpkins

Check back soon for more fall DIYs and a simple fall house tour:)

PS: Feel free to pin the image below for quick reference!

jar pumpkins

About Christina

20-something; rural dwelling; wife to David; homeowner; pretty good cook; wearer of skirts; friend to all cats.

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