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DIY Pumpkin Jars

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I made some cool poison bottles for my mantel this year and thought some DIY pumpkin jars would look amazing sitting next to them.

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My friend had given me a couple bottles and I had planned to make poison bottles with them. But when I had so many bottles, I felt I should do something else with them too.

I’ve seen those cool metal pumpkins all over Pinterest and wanted to recreate that same feel. So I made some DIY pumpkins with the jars.

DIY Pumpkin Jars

These were so simple to make! Spaghetti sauce jars are perfect for this project! They’re a good size jar and easy to come by.

I like reusing things that would otherwise be thrown away whenever possible. It’s part of the way I stay sustainable and still do something that I love.

Similar projects that I have taken from trash to treasure are: toilet paper roll candles, scrap wood propagation station, and most of my Halloween decor.

If you don’t have spaghetti sauce jars, you can try asking in your local Buy Nothing group. I love utilizing that group for projects as people in your area usually have whatever you need.

Empty spaghetti sauce jars

I wanted the pumpkins to look like they were glowing. First, I painted the jars completely gold, but I really only needed to paint the eyes and mouth area gold.

Jar painted gold

Once that dried, I took black paint and made the eyes, nose, and mouth for the pumpkin. I kept those areas gold and then painted the rest black.

Jars painted gold with outline for eyes, nose, and mouth in black paint.
Yield: 3

DIY Pumpkin Jars

DIY Pumpkin Jars

How to make pumpkins out of jars

Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $10


  • Jars
  • Paint


  • Paint Brushes


  1. Paint your jar gold, allow to dry.
  2. Outline the eyes, nose, and mouth in black paint. Leave the inside gold and paint the rest of the jar black.
  3. That's it!

That’s it! It was seriously the easiest little DIY and they came out super cute. Such a spooky detail to add to my mantel.

My theme for my mantel this year is spooky decor with things I already have at home. I made these poison bottles, bat art, spell books, pumpkin jars, and a music book.

Jars painted black with gold for eyes, nose, and mouth to look like pumpkins

If you like these pumpkin jars, be sure to check out this DIY Christmas gnome treat jar!

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