{seasonal style} Jack o' Lantern Drinking Glasses & 110 More Halloween Project Ideas

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram {what, you don't? how about now?} then you already know that this week I am participating in a Halloween Project blog hop, and today it's my turn to share my tutorial for these super cute and easy Jack O'Lantern Drinking Glasses!

DIY Jack o'Lantern Drinking Glass Clings

For this blog hop, I've teamed up with the creative minds of my bloggy friends to bring you more than 110 Halloween Project Ideas. Each day this week (Monday-Saturday) approximately 20 new projects are being posted. From costumes to parties, crafts to home decor, recipes to free printables, we have so many fun ideas to share! I guarantee you'll find a project (or 10!) that you would love to incorporate into your Halloween festivities.  You'll find all the links at the end of this post, making it easy for you to "hop" from one blog to another to check them all out.

But before you start hopping around to check out all of these great projects, let me show you how I made these adorable Jack O'Lantern Drinking Glasses!

DIY Jack o'Lantern Drinking Glass Clings

When I came up with the fun idea to make Jack O'Lantern faces that I could stick to my drinking glasses for Halloween, my first concern was how to make them easily removable and resuable. Like all of the projects I blog about here, I try to put practicality and functionality first. For me, it's no good to just get a pretty picture of the project - if the project isn't actually usable for me or my family then it's not worth my time. After considering the options, I determined that two good solutions would be adhesive backed vinyl and printable window decal film.

Adhesive backed vinyl {like the kind I've used for our bathtub toy labels, our mail and milk box labels, the wall words in our guest bath, and the labels under our kitchen sink} is easy to remove and restick, so it would have worked well for this project. I considered using black vinyl and cutting the Jack O'Lantern faces our using my Cricut electronic cutting machine or a Sizzix die cutting machine.

But since I really wanted this to be a quick and easy project that anyone could do, even if you don't own any fancy cutting machines, I decided that printable window decal film would be the best product for this project because you can just run it through your printer and cut it out with scissors.

Earlier this year, I picked up a package of 10 sheets of inkjet Window Decals from Office Depot and used one sheet of them to label the drawers in my pantry. The cost of these decals breaks down to about $1.64 per sheet. You only need one sheet for this Jack O'Lantern drinking glass craft, which leaves you with 9 sheets for future projects. You can save some money by ordering a smaller, five sheet package from Amazon {though I haven't tried this brand, so I can't vouch for the print quality}, or you could share a package with a friend.

Once I had settled on printable window decal film for my drinking glass clings, I next needed to find some Jack O'Lantern faces to print and cut out. An online search for a cute, free download led me to these shirt stencils created by CraftBuds. I loved the classic and simple Jack O'Lantern faces available for download from CraftBuds, but in order to make the templates fit a standard size drinking glass, I had to reduce the size of the templates and reposition them to fit on one page for printing.

I wanted to make this project as easy as possible for all of you {i.e., no need for you to deal with resizing}, so I reached out to Mary of CraftBuds, and she graciously agreed to offer a free downloadable PDF of her Jack O'Lantern templates sized perfectly for this drinking glass project. Simply click over to CraftBuds to download the template {and while your there, be sure to check out some of their other fabulous craft projects!}.

The template includes eight mouths, noses, and sets of eyes, giving you enough mix and match pieces for a full set of eight drinking glasses.

Once you have downloaded them template, print it onto one sheet of window decal film. Be sure to read and following the packaging instructions {which specify the best printer settings to use}.

Next, use a sharp pair of scissors to cut out each of the face shapes.

Printable Jack o'Lantern Drinking Glass Clings

Because the window decal film is clear, you can leave a little excess around each face shape. This is especially helpful for the eyes with eyebrows and the nose that looks like two nostrils - just cut them together as one piece!

Printable Jack o'Lantern Drinking Glass Clings

Once all of your face shapes are cut out, all you need to do is to peel of the backing and stick them to your glasses. The decal film sticks to the glass well, but is also very easy to remove from the glass and reposition. Just be careful not to touch the back of the decal film with your fingers any more than necessary. Like all stickers, touching the back will leave oil from your fingers making them less sticky.

DIY Jack o'Lantern Drinking Glass Clings

Finally, fill up your glasses. I wanted my Jack O'Lanterns to be orange, so I searched the beverage aisle and ended up with a bottle of Tropical Blend V8 Splash.

DIY Jack o'Lantern Drinking Glass Clings

I added some cute orange and black striped straws, and my Jack O'Lantern drinking glasses were complete.

DIY Jack o'Lantern Drinking Glass Clings

Wouldn't these glasses be perfect for your next Halloween party or family dinner?!

DIY Jack o'Lantern Drinking Glass Clings

My two sons got very excited when they saw these, but they are both too young to safely drink from breakable glasses. For a kid friendly alternative, I grabbed out a couple of orange plastic tumblers from the cupboard and added Jack O'Lantern faces to them as well. This plastic version is perfect for my boys to drink their milk with breakfast!

Jack o'Lantern Drinking Glass Clings on Plastic Cups

I was thrilled with the way these Jack O'Lantern drinking glasses turned out, and I wanted to make sure we'd be able to use the decals again year after year. That meant I needed to find a way to store the decals. It's not very practical to try to stick each face shape back on to it's original backing {trust me, I tried} - it's just too many small pieces of backing to keep track of and match up.

Instead, I began searching the house looking for something that I could stick the decals to for storage. Then I remembered that I had recently helped my boys make some sticker books, and we had some sheets of stickers left over. The plastic sticker backing was perfect - so I combined two partial sheets, leaving me with one empty piece of plastic backing.

As I removed the face decals from each of my drinking glasses, I stuck the decals onto the plastic sticker backing. Now I have one convenient place to keep all the decals together and ready for their next use. When Halloween is over, I'll just place this sheet of decals in the bin with my Halloween decorations until next year.

Printable Jack o'Lantern Drinking Glass Clings

What do you think? Are you ready to print the template onto a sheet of window decal film to make your own quick and easy Jack O'Lantern Drinking Glasses?

Jack o'Lantern Drinking Glass Clings

Ok, now it's time to join the blog hop! Below you'll find a collage of the projects being posted each day this week. Simply click on each of the links below the collages for the Halloween projects you'd like to see in more detail and it'll take you right to that post with additional information and photos on how to create it. Have fun and pin away!

110+ fun and fabulous Halloween projects and ideas. #halloweenprojects #halloween
1. Football Field {Dollar Store} Costume 2. Glowing Boo Pumpkins {Dollar Tree Makeover} 3. Frankenstein Treat Boxes 4. Halloween Notepads 5. Glamorous Feather Halloween Wreath 6. DIY Baby Carrot Costume 7. Pumpkin Macarons 8. Washi Tape Pumpkin 9. Twisted Halloween Sugar Cookies 10. Halloween Trick or Treat Tree 11. Halloween Drink Label Printables 12. An Old-Fashioned Family Halloween Party 13. Punkin Heads 14. Pottery Barn Knock Off Trick or Treat Banner 15. Embroidery Hoop Spider Webs 16. Jack o'Lantern Drinking Glasses 17. Witches Spell Halloween treat & printable 18. Steam Punkin Party Favor 19. Host A Pumpkin Picking Picnic 20. Spiderweb No Bake Cheesecake


110 Halloween projects & ideas! #halloweenprojects #halloween
1. Halloween Witch Crashing Decoration 2. Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore" Wreath 3. DIY Sharpie Pumpkin 4. Flying Bat Silhouettes 5. Halloween Cupcake Wrappers & Toppers 6. Easy Geometric Wooden Pumpkins 7. DIY and DYE Autumn Burlap Jar Candles 8. Easy DIY Halloween Tray 9. CreepyCritter Halloween Wreath 10. Blood Shot Paleo Deviled Eggs Eyeballs 11. Free Halloween Subway Art Printable 12. S'more Treats 13. Candy Corn Halloween Sign 14. Thumb Tack Pumpkin 15. Halloween Fun Decorating Sugar Cookies 16. Eraser-Stamped Trick-or-Treat Bag 17. Free Printable - Halloween Gift Tags 18. DIY Halloween Trick or Treat Door Mat 19. Pumpkin Mason Jar Luminary 20. Dia De Los Muertos Flower Vase


110+ Halloween projects and ideas to  get your ready for Halloween! #halloweenprojects #halloween #diyhalloweenideas 1. DIY Witches Hat Fascinator 2. Free Halloween Printable Bag Toppers 3. Hollywood Halloween Trivia Banner 4. Spooky Spider Headband 5. Halloween Candy Printables 6. Wooden Halloween Sign 7. Easy Hallowen Bottle Label DIY 8. Spider Web Wreath 9. Non-Candy Halloween Treat with Free Printable 10. Halloween Address Planter 11. DIY Halloween Spider Fireplace Wood Pennant Banner 12. Halloween Wreath 13. Peanut Butter Candy Corn Fudge> 14. Halloween Food Ideas for Kids' School Lunch 15. Roll a Pumpkin Halloween Game 16. Scapbook Paper Pumpkins 17. Cyberman Head 18. Halloween Monster Pencils 19. Gilded Pumpkins

Follow our Fabulous Halloween Ideas Pinterest Board for even more inspiration!

Thanks to all 110+ fabulous bloggers participating! I'd love for you to visit their blogs and see what else they're up to!

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If you are looking for even more seasonal inspiration, you might be interested in these fall and Halloween projects:


  1. These are adorable! What a fun and easy idea:)

  2. Such a smart idea for storing them until next year! Who would want to throw away all that hard work? Great tutorial!

    I would love for you to share your post at my Show Me Saturday party! We go live each Saturday at 7:00 am EST are live now! My readers would love this craft!

    ~ Ashley


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