Let’s make a Halloween night light for kids with this easy recycled item arts and craft project that works well for kids of all ages that looks like a jack-o-lantern. 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.

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Easy night light craft for kids perfect for Halloween!

Easy Halloween Night Light Craft for Kids

This fun and colorful Halloween craft for kids turns into a night light that they can use next to their bed. Or if you want to make them in different sizes, they could be a really cute lit centerpiece or Halloween decoration.

Related: Halloween luminaries

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Supplies Needed

*We started with an empty Ovaltine container and peeled off the label. Any empty container that will let light shine through will work!

Directions to Make a Halloween Night Light

Make a Halloween Night Light
Here are the simple steps for this Halloween night light craft

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Yield: 1 Night Light

Easy Halloween Night Light Kids Can Make

Easy Halloween Night Light Kids Craft

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


  • Paint Brush


  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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How did your Halloween night light craft turn out? Did you make more than one? What item did you steal from the recycling bin to make the Halloween craft?

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  1. Do you feel like this project would be safe in a plastic 12oz Ovaltine cylinder container? The plastic kind-of worries me with fire.

    1. There is no fire! It is a battery fake candle or an LED light. Thankfully real candles and Halloween have been replaced. Please don’t leave a candle next to your child’s bed.