Make It: Mummy Luminaries

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Halloween is the perfect time to get crafty with the kids. Boys and girls alike love to get in on the fun because it’s spooky, messy and sometimes even a little gross. These mummy luminaries are one of our favorite Halloween projects because they’re simple enough to involve children of all ages. Plus, kids love things that light up.

Make one or two mummies to serve as a centerpiece or to sit on your mantle. You can also make a whole clan of mummies to line your walkway and welcome visitors and trick-or-treaters on dark nights.


  • Cheesecloth (readily available at your local craft store this time of year)
  • Glass mason jars
  • Matte formula Mod Podge
  • Sponge applicator
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes
  • Battery operated tea lights or traditional tea lights
  • Black watercolor paint and paint brush (optional)

To begin, cut several strips of cheesecloth slightly longer than the diameter of your mason jar.

Use the sponge applicator to apply a layer of Mod Podge, about the thickness of one of your cheesecloth strips, around the top of the jar.

Wrap the first strip of cheesecloth on top of the Mod Podge and press down firmly with your fingers. Next, apply another thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the cheesecloth.  Continue layering on strips of cheesecloth, with Mod Podge applied both underneath and on top, until your desired mummy look is achieved.

Apply some Mod Podge to the back of your googly eyes and place them on the jar, being sure to layer some of the cheesecloth over top.

Set your jar aside and allow it to dry. If you prefer a cleaner mummy look, then you’re all finished. If you like a more antique looking mummy, apply a small amount of heavily watered down black watercolor paint at various spots around the jar.

All that’s left do is to pop in a few tea lights. We like the battery powered versions because they work better outside and are less of a fire hazard.

Photo credits: Stephanie Morgan

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