Pumpkin luminaries made from round salt boxes

These little jack o lanterns are made from round salt containers!  They are very quick and easy and are lit up with battery operated tea lights that are set into the bottom.  Make a bunch and you’ll have a really cute little pumpkin patch.


  • round salt containers
  • orange and black craft paint
  • razor blade, small scissors, or carving tool
  • hot glue gun
  • green felt for stem and leaves

Step 1.

Empty the salt out of the container. (I put mine in plastic bags and put it in my food storage. The extra salt comes in handy to throw on icy steps in the winter.) Peel off the wrapper.


Step 2.

Use a stencil or draw your own face on salt container.  Using a razor blade, carving tool, or small pointed scissors, cut out your design. If you use a razor blade or carving tool be very, very, careful or you can end up with a bad cut.  I know this from experience….

Step 3.

Trace around a tea light and cut out the hole.


Step 4.

Cut out opening for tea light and then paint the top and bottom of lantern black.  After the paint dries set the tea light in using hot glue.


Step 5.

Cut some strips of felt about 2″ x 6″ and roll and glue as shown. Attach to top of lantern using hot glue.


Step 6.

Cut out some leaves from the green felt. I added stems to mine so I could wrap them around the big pumpkin stem.





About Elaine Kazinec

I have never met anyone who can't make wonderful things for their homes, friends, and family, only those who think they can't. The purpose of this blog is to show everyone how really simple most projects for the home are to make. When my husband and I bought our first home we were short on cash so I learned to be long on creativity. I have been told that I can make something wonderful out of nothing and that is true. You can too! Some of my favorite things are items that I found in someone's junk pile. I am going to show you how easy it really is. I hope you find the courage to jump in and attempt some of these projects. You will be amazed at how talented you really are.