DIY Mummy Luminary

These Halloween Mason Jar Luminaries are made to look like mummies! They are a quick and fun craft using Dollar Store supplies that the kids will love!

DIY Halloween Mummy Luminary

Halloween Mason Jar Mummy Luminary

Since I was a kid, I’ve loved Halloween. My birthday is November 1st but I would always try to celebrate it on Halloween with a big “fancy dress party” (also know as a costume party!).

Costumes in Ireland in the 1990’s usually had to be handmade and inevitably I dressed up as a witch every year. How did I make my costume? A black trash bag and a witches hat made from craft paper of course. I’ve always been inventive and crafty :-)

I still adore Halloween. I’m less about costume parties and more about fun decorations and horror movies these days. Although, and you’re going to be all heart eyes and giggles when you see this – Cian is dressing up as a lobster for his first Halloween. A LOBSTAH, KID! I’m dying already. haha

Last week, while perusing costumes on Pottery Barn Kids, I took a look at their Halloween decor and came across their Gauze Mummy Luminaries. They’re cute but who pays $24.50 for a mason jar with some gauze wrapped around it? Pffft!

Easy Halloween Mason Jar Luminary

Instead I made my own! What do you think? I think they’re pretty adorable!

A mason jar, yellow glue gun, a package of googly craft eyes of various sizes and strips of gauze material

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DIY Halloween Mummy Luminary

Directions:

  1. Stretch out the gauze and pull some of the fibers apart to give it an old and worn look.
  2. Glue the first piece of gauze to the bottom rim of the mason jar. Tightly wrap it around the jar, from the bottom upwards. It’s importantly to wrap it tightly so that the gauze stretches out and becomes semi transparent.
  3. When you get to the top, tuck the end of the gauze under a wrapped piece. If you’ve pulled it tightly enough it should stay. You can also add another dab of glue.
  4. Hot glue the eyes on.
  5. At this point you can stop or you can go one step further to make the gauze look really old and yellowed like a mummy – tea stain it. Run a teabag under some hot water and dab it onto the gauze. Rub it in with your fingers to help smooth the color out.
DIY Halloween Mummy Luminary

If I was still teaching this would definitely be something I would make with my 5th graders. Apart from a little bit of hot glue at the beginning, it’s very kid-friendly. It looks great lit up at night, too!

2 mason jars wrapped with gauze, and decorated with two plastic eyeballs for a mummy-inspired lamp

Mummy Luminary

Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour

Add a touch of humor and Halloween fun with these adorable mummy luminaries.

Materials

  • Gauze bandages (1 box is enough for 2 luminaries)
  • Mason jars
  • Large googly craft eyes

Tools

  • Hot glue gun

Instructions

    1. Stretch out the gauze and pull some of the fibers apart to give it an old and worn look.
    2. Glue the first piece of gauze to the bottom rim of the mason jar. Tightly wrap it around the jar, from the bottom upwards. It's importantly to wrap it tightly so that the gauze stretches out and becomes semi transparent.
    3. When you get to the top, tuck the end of the gauze under a wrapped piece. If you've pulled it tightly enough it should stay. You can also add another dab of glue.
    4. Apply the googly eyes with the hot glue gun.
    5. At this point you can stop or you can go one step further to make the gauze look really old and yellowed like a mummy - tea stain it. Run a teabag under some hot water and dab it onto the gauze. Rub it in with your fingers to help smooth the color out.

I’ll be sharing more Halloween goodness Thursday and Friday so stay tuned.

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