We’re the only house on our street that goes all-out with Halloween decorations in our yard. Even though we don’t get many trick-or-treaters because we’re on a cul-de-sac, I like to let them know that we’re ready for them with our outdoor Halloween lights and decorations.
We have a full display of glowing lights, candlelit carved pumpkins, ghosts in the trees, spiders on webs, cats in the window, and a witch gathering. This year I added a few more DIY Halloween lights to our front yard setup.
Both my Glowing Jack ‘O Lantern Totem and my Tispy Pumpkin Buckets have been such a hit that I wanted to make more pumpkins lights using pumpkin treat buckets. The subtle orange glow is perfect for spooky nights.
Glowing Jack-O’-Lantern Totem
Create a light-up totem of pumpkin pails with this easy DIY Halloween decoration.
DIY Halloween Lights
If you can drill a few holes and twist some wire, you can make these easy Halloween solar lights.
Tools & Materials
Each light can be created for as little as $2 each!
- pumpkin pail (I used the 7″ pumpkin pails found at Target)
- drill + drill bits
- floral wire (find it at Dollar Tree, Micheal’s, or JoAnn)
- wire clipper
- solar lights (I used these from Amazon)
Begin by drilling several holes into the bottom of the pumpkin pails. This will allow rainwater (or melted snow) to drain out the bottom of the pails.
On both sides of the pumpkin pail, drill two small holes near the handle. These holes only need to be big enough to push the floral wire through.
For each pumpkin light, cut two pieces of wire approximately 12 inches long. This may vary based on the size of your pumpkin pail and solar light. Do a test run before cutting all the wires.
Bend the pieces of wire around the solar light and twist them together on the sides.
You will have created a harness for the solar light to sit in.
Push the ends of the wire through the previously drilled holes on the sides. Place the solar light into the wire harness and fold the ends up and into the pumpkin pail.
The solar panel should be near level to the top of the pumpkin pail opening so the sun will shine on it. Now repeat with as many pumpkins pails as you’d like.
More DIY Halloween Decorations
Make some handmade Halloween decor using recycled, repurposed, and upcycled materials.
Make one pumpkin light or many. I made twelve solar-powered Halloween lights and hung them in a tree just like giant Christmas ornaments.
These fun DIY Halloween Lights can hang from hooks, branches, or be on the ground to create a walking path for trick-or-treaters. However you display your Halloween lights, they will be enjoyed by Halloween lovers like you and me.
Did you make these? I would love to see them and feature them on Scratch and Stitch.
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