These Halloween lights made from recycled milk jugs and drink bottles are a simple and fun holiday craft for children. You do not need to spend a lot of money to make cute holiday ghost and pumpkin lights. This craft gives your family a chance to recycle all the milk and soda jugs you use. With a little help from mom and dad your children will have completed this easy Halloween craft in no time. Here are the instructions to make your ghost and pumpkin Halloween lights using recycled milk jugs and bottles.
Plastic Milk Jug Halloween and Pumpkin Lights
Ghost and Pumpkin Plastic Milk Jugs:
Plastic Gallon Milk Jugs (Empty, clean and dry with the label removed)
Scissors or Utility Knife (Parents need to handle these)
White Paint (Craft Paint or spray paint)
Orange Paint (Craft Paint or spray paint)
Black Paint Pen
Stands of white lights (Small sets, you can use strands of white Christmas lights, or you may use battery operated Halloween lights, the ones that resemble a candle tea light. But since there is no flame involved much safer).
1) Take your recycled plastic milk jugs and bottles and paint them in white for a ghost, orange for pumpkin light decorations. If you choose to paint them with spray paint be sure to do so outside in a well ventilated area. I used craft paint, purchased from our local craft store so my children could paint them. I suggest after the first coat dries to paint a second coat, it really makes them stand out.
2) After the paint is dry it is best for an adult to do this part. Using scissors or an utility knife you cut a small opening at the bottom, backside of the plastic milk jugs so later you will be able to insert either a strand of lights or your battery powered Halloween light. When you are cutting out the hole leave the lid on the plastic milk jugs, this helps keep it from collapsing while you are pushing on it to cut.
3) Now comes the part your children will love, time for them to draw the faces on the light decorations. The black paint pen that we use is available at a craft store or in the craft section of Wal-Mart. They are easy to use, I let my daughters free hand whatever kind of face they wanted. They did a few spooky, but most were silly Halloween faces.
4) After the ghost and pumpkin faces are dry you are ready to insert the lights. Just insert your strand of lights or single light into the hole you cut in the back of the recycled plastic milk jugs. The Halloween craft is that simple, you are now ready to decorate. You can put them around inside your house. Another great idea is to put a cluster of them on your front porch surrounded by hay and a few leaves, they perfect recycled decorations for Halloween. In my photos of this easy Halloween craft project you will see one of them lit up and one where they are not.
Ghost and Pumpkin Glass Drink Bottles:
Glass Drink Bottles (We used Fuze fruit drink bottles, be sure they are empty, clean dry and label free)
Phillips Head Screwdriver
Black Paint Pen
Strands of White Lights (Like the ones mentioned above)
1) Take your glass drink bottles and paint as directed in step one above.
2) Since these bottles are glass instead of making a hole in the back you make a hole for a light in the lid. An adult will need to do this, using the screwdriver and hammer you punch a hole in the lid. This was easy with the Fuze lid the metal is pretty thin. You need a hole large enough to insert lights from a strand of lights. For safety after making the hole in the lid I suggest tapping the metal down inside of the lid so there are no sharp edges.
3) Now you are ready to give your recycled glass bottle Halloween pumpkin and ghost lights some life. Again using the black paint pen draw whatever kind of face you like on your bottles. When your paint faces are dry you are ready to insert the lights. Using white lights insert a few into each bottle through the hole in the lid, until you get the desired effect you want. So you will be able to light up of few of these decorations with one strand of lights and line them up like a pumpkin patch or group of ghosts. Now you are ready to decorate your home for all the children who come out on Halloween to trick or treat.