Today I have another easy DIY Halloween decoration for you: the Glowing Plastic Jack O’ Lantern Totem. You can make this for about $10 or less if you already have materials that can be used. It’s pretty simple and adds a beautiful orange glow to your front step.
Materials and Tools
- 5 plastic jack o’ lantern buckets (you can find these for $1 each at a dollar store or in Target’s $1 aisles during the Halloween season)
- witch hat (find one at a dollar store)
- power drill
- 1″ hole drill bit
- metal stake (at least 5 feet tall or at least 2 foot taller than you’re stacked plastic jack o’ lanterns)
- 1 string of white lights
- hammer or mallet
Customize your Glowing Jack O’ Lantern totem by using more or less plastic jack o’ lantern buckets, other hats, more lights, or line several totems in a row.
How to Make a Glowing Plastic Jack O’ Lantern Totem
Start by drilling a hole in the bottom center of each of the plastic jack o’ lanterns. If you do not have a drill or 1″ hole drill bit, to cut a hole with a scissors or knife carefully.
Decide where the glowing plastic jack o’ lantern totem will stand and pound the stake into the ground. Since the totem is lightweight, about 1 foot into the ground should do it. Leave about 1 foot of the stake to be above the stacked jack o’ lanterns to help hold the hat on.
Starting with the bottom jack o’ lantern, begin threading your lights through the hole. Make sure to leave the extra cord hanging out so you can plug it in.
Place the first jack o’ lantern onto the metal stake.
Leave a small number of lights in the first jack o’ lantern and thread the string lights through the next jack o’ lantern. Place onto the metal stake.
Repeat until all plastic jack o’ lanterns are on the stake. Make adjustments to the string of lights as needed.
Poke a piece of wire through one side of the hat at the bottom of the cone through to the opposite side. Under the hat, wrap the wire around the metal stake. Tighten and twist the wire as needed to hold the hat in place.
Plug in your lights and enjoy your glowing plastic jack o’ lantern totem! Add a timer to come on at dusk and turn off a few hours later.
Did you make this DIY Halloween decoration? Send me a picture of yours, and I’ll feature here on Scratch and Stitch.