Adorable Halloween Night Light that Kids Can Make

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Halloween can be a little scary for kids and one of the solutions for fright is light.  This simple-to-make Halloween night light is fun to make together and is guaranteed to assist in nighttime bravery.

Halloween Night Light for Kids

Make a Halloween Night Light

I love Halloween crafts that are so easy that kids can do themselves.  This is definitely one of them.  We started with an empty Ovaltine container and peeled off the label.

I cut orange tissue paper into triangles of various sizes – they don’t have to be perfect shapes or even close to perfect.

Make a Halloween Night Light

Easy Halloween Craft for Kids

Next, we spread a glue/sealer over the blank canister and stuck on the tissue triangles.  Once we had a layer completed, we brushed on another layer of glue/sealer and filled in the gaps with more orange shapes.

When the jar was completely covered with orange, we added three black construction paper triangles for 2 eyes and a nose and a squiggly, smily mouth cut out of paper as well.

One more layer of the glue/sealer and then we let it dry.

I added an LED tap light at the bottom of the night light and put the top on.

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Yield: 1 Night Light

Easy Halloween Night Light Kids Can Make

This DIY jack-o-lantern inspired night light is created with an upcycled canister from our recycling bin, some tissue paper and a tap light.

Prep Time 5 minutes

Additional Time 1 hour

Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Difficulty easy

Estimated Cost $5


  • Empty Ovaltine Can
  • Orange Tissue Paper
  • Black Tissue Paper
  • Glue or Mod Podge That Dries Clear
  • LED Light


  1. Remove the label from the container — choose one from your recycling bin that is a shape that resembles a pumpkin.
  2. Cut the orange tissue paper into medium sized triangles.
  3. Cut eyes/nose/mouth shapes from the black tissue paper.
  4. Brush the glue on the container and then layer on the orange triangles until the entire surface is covered.
  5. Add a sealing coat of glue to the orange layer.
  6. Arrange the black shapes for jack-o-lantern eyes, nose and mouth.
  7. Let dry.
  8. Add a LED light in the bottom of the container — we used a tap light that was safe to leave on overnight.


I am inspired to try other Halloween characters like Frankenstein! Wouldn’t green tissue paper look adorable glowing in the night?

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