Saturday Craft-Tacular - Jar-o-Lanterns Day 5, October 5

Welcome to your first installment of the Samhain’s Sirens Saturday Craft-Tacular with Sosanna!

Remember, if you need assistance, please reach out to Serena via email or use the contact form at the top of this page.

And, now on to your Saturday fun!

Meet Sosanna
Renee (aka Sosanna) is one of the Sirens Administrators, as well as a contributor to the fun.
One voice in a chorus of many sending out a much positive and protective energy as she can. She roots for the underdog and spends her life fighting for those that cannot fight for themselves. She is an advocate for LGBT, Children's and animal rights. She loves some of everything and all of nothing. She likes to say, "I have a relationship not a religion".
You can find Renee’s blog at Confessions of a Modern Witch
Her shop: Sosanna's Closet

To kick off our hauntingly excellent Samhain Blog event, I decided to start with an old classic.  The Halloween Jack-o-Lantern.  Not specifically a Samhain tradition but one that I've found the kids love just the same.

The history of the Jack-o-lantern is said to come from the people of Ireland and the “Legend of Stingy Jack”.   The story is about a stingy guy who tricked the Devil into turning himself into a coin, Jack pocketed the money and was punished by being forced to wonder the earth after death with a piece of burning coal in a turnip.  The figured was called “Jack of the Lantern” and eventually turned into “Jack-o-lantern”.  When Irish immigrants came to the US, that custom came along with them, but was transferred to our American pumpkins.

Sometimes carving pumpkins can be a bit messy and need to be carved year after year.  For this craft tutorial I decided to show how a simple recycled jar can be used to create a festive holiday decoration that can be reused year after year. 

So let’s get started!


Photo Credit - Renee Olson

  • 1 Glass Jar
  • Pumpkin face cutouts that I printed from the web
  • Tape
  • Paint brush
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • Spray glass frosting
  • Tea Light


Photo Credit - Renee Olson

Start out by cutting the outline of the image you want to place on the jars
Tape the image to the glass jar the same way you would to a pumpkin

Photo Credit - Renee Olson

Trace the image with a marker
In a well-ventilated area spray the jar with the glass frost
Fill in the image with black paint
Set aside to dry
Add the tea light
Photo Credit - Renee Olson

And you’re done!

These Jar-o-lanterns can be used year after year by just replacing the tea light.  A wonderful way to recycle and a great way to show your creative side.  I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial.  If you’d like to see more, please take a moment to head over to my Facebook Page.

Remember, you have until Monday at 6am EDT to enter both Friday and Satiurday's giveaways!

NOW for the giveaway.  You are entering to win a the  Jar-o-Lantern posted above.

Here’s how to enter:

You have until 6am EDT on Monday (October 7) to enter. Winner will be emailed and his/her name will be posted on the blog on Monday (October 7) at 9am EDT.

Note: These giveaways are open to the U.S., Canada and where allowable. Void where prohibited. Canadian residents, please pay close attention as by law, you have to use a different set of rules. Not to worry, we have you covered :)

You MUST provide a valid email address in order to win.

1. Go to the Sosanna's Closet Etsy Page or Website. Find your favorite item, come back here, and tell us about it in the comment section. (1 entry)

2. Blog about this giveaway (make sure you link back here), come back and leave us a link to your blog or head over and LIKE the  Sosanna's Closet Facebook Page (1 entry) be sure to tell us you did.

3. Tweet about this giveaway (link to us, please), come back, and leave us a link to your tweet (1 entry)

4. Be a follower of this blog (Samhain's Sirens). Let us know you're a follower. (1 entry)

5. Like Samhains Sirens Facebook Page. Let us know that you did (1 entry)

Note: If you want your entries to count as separate entries, you must post them separately. If you post 1 comment with all three on it, it will only count as 1 entry.

Canadian residents, by law, instead of the above, you must answer the following question to be eligible:

What is 9+1? (No worries, we'll give you 3 entries for this just to be sure it's fair)

You MUST provide a valid email address in the comments to be entered.
What's cool about being a Canadian? You automatically get 6 entries per giveaway for just answering 1 question! :) 

with Loren Morris

Meet Loren

Loren is one of the Sirens Administrators, as well as a contributor to the fun.
Mom of 3, grandmother to 1. Loren likes to paint things that interest her, which includes Pagan and Halloween art. Her favorite style is folksy. Her black cat, Kissy, is her art familiar, staring at her for long periods to convey what he would like to see in her art, which would be himself. Loren is also trying to make her entire home into a giant mural.
Her blog: Saga's Cottage
Her Shop: Saga's Cottage
Her Facebook Page

Today's mixed drink is: Witch's Brew

For this drink you will need:

1 oz. melon Liqueur
2 oz. gin
Tonic water

 I forgot the tonic water, so I used the what I had. 

Mix together, pour over ice. 


See you on Monday!

Don't forget to check out tomorrow's Sunday Stew over on Kallan's blog (The Secret Life of the American Witch), featuring several of our Siren bloggers!


  1. The Witch's Boot is my fave. So sweet!

  2. I went to Sosanna's Closet's Etsy and the Witch's Boot Halloween Centerpiece is my favorite (among the many lovely products they have). YAY Renee!

    My e-mail:

  3. I am following the Samhain's Sirens Blog.


  4. And I have already liked Samhain Siren's page on facebook.


  5. What a great craft idea! And the Witches Brew sounds tasty. :) I went to the website, and fell in love with the Day of the Dead Wreath!
    ~ Lynda

  6. I like Sosanna's Closet on Facebook.

  7. I've tweeted this entry:

  8. I follow Samhain's Sirens on GFC.

  9. I like Samhain's Sirens on Facebook.

  10. I love the fimo clay witch! She is adorable! (

  11. I am a blog follower of Samhain's Sirens (

  12. I have liked Samhain's Sirens on facebook (

  13. I liked Sosanna's Closet on Facebook. Sorry, I don't have a blog and no clue how to tweet. (

  14. Went to Sosanna's Closet on Etsy and LOVE the witches boot! It's one sassy centerpiece! (I'll admit, I've drooled over it since you shared it on FB lol).

  15. I liked Sosana's Closet on Facebook.

  16. I follow the blog via Feedly (I miss Google Reader). So awesome!

  17. hmmmm my comments are not showing up...let's try this again.

    I liked Sosanna's Closet on FB

  18. YAY figured it out LOL

    I Liked Samhain's Sirens on FB

  19. i went to your website (Sosanna) and i just LOVE it!!! i shall def return! and your prices are quite reasonable!!

    I really like the Amethyst Pendulum!! actually there were a few i was drawn to so it was a tough pick! :)

  20. The answer is 10! :)

  21. The cleansing ritual bath soak in Sosanna's Etsy shop sounds super relaxing and perfect for a cleansing ritual!

    1. I grind those herbs up the old fashion way, the kitchen smells divine after I finish a batch! :)

  22. I follow the blog!

  23. I like Samhain's Sirens on Facebook :)

  24. Sosanna, your jack-o-lantern face is adorable! it reminds me of the Nightmare before Christmas. And I can't wait to try Loren's brew:) I'm looking forward to these Saturday Craft-taculars!

  25. I like Samhain's SIrens on FB under Jonquil Alexia.

  26. such a great craft! thanks for sharing! :D i wonder if i can dig up my candy corn martini recipe again.. tis the season! ;)

  27. Let see I've liked Sosanna's Closet on her facebook page. Plus did a tweet on craft. Did a short post over at my blog.

    Coffee is on

  28. I really liked Sosannas ritual bath soaks.

  29. Replies
    1. Hi Jennifer,
      Can you please provide an email address? Otherwise, your entries won't count

      Sorry and thanks Lina

  30. It was very difficult to choose. There were so many lovely things but I will have to go with the amethyst wand pendulum (:

  31. I have liked Sosanna's Closet on Facebook.

  32. This giveaway has been tweeted.

  33. I'm a follower of this blog.

  34. I have Samhain's Sirens liked on Facebook.

  35. That jar-o-lantern is just too cute!


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