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Boo! I was petrified my “Dollar Store Hanging Jack-O’-Lantern” wouldn’t work. I actually almost gave up before I even started 😖. Sometimes that self doubt comes rolling in like a dark Halloween fog and makes us feel weird, ya know? Well, I’m happy to say I just kept going forward, and that I fought off the black haze 💪🏻, and am very excited to share this cute hanging pumpkin light idea for your porch…or anywhere you have a hook to hang it from!

This Dollar Store Hanging Jack-O'-Lantern would look so cute on a porch or lined up on a sidewalk!

It all started at the dollar store when my kids and I went there to pick up the supplies for my “Dollar Store Fall Ombre Wreath“. If you missed the gorgeous wreath, just click on that blue link. ☝🏻

I wanted you all to have 2 cute DIY Fall decorating ideas this year…one focusing on more “Fall” decor which is that wreath, and the other a little more whimsical with some Halloween flare, and here it is. A little something for everyone.

What’s so cute about this simple idea is that when you put the 2 dollar store hanging baskets together on top of one another, it actually has the shape of a real pumpkin. Who knew??? In addition, the chain on top acts as the green stem. Finally, the cute little glass jack-o’-lantern votive candle holder represents the face. It only cost me $4 because I had the spray paint.

If you want to make one, here’s what you will need:

This Dollar Store Hanging Jack-O'-Lantern would look so cute on a porch or lined up on a sidewalk!

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SUPPLIES NEEDED TO MAKE DOLLAR STORE HANGING JACK-O’-LANTERN :

2 dollar store hanging baskets

1 dollar store glass pumpkin candle holder

1 dollar store pack of battery operated votive candles

green & orange spray paint

thin wire & wire cutters/scissors (both also at dollar store)

This Dollar Store Hanging Jack-O'-Lantern would look so cute on a porch or lined up on a sidewalk!

HOW TO ASSEMBLE DOLLAR STORE HANGING JACK-O’-LANTERN:

Start by detaching the chains and spray painting each basket orange. It took 2 coats and will use almost an entire can believe it or not. Don’t forget to allow your coats to dry thoroughly before turning it over to finish.

This Dollar Store Hanging Jack-O'-Lantern would look so cute on a porch or lined up on a sidewalk!

After everything is painted and dry, attach one basket to the other with wire (see photo). Don’t forget to put the candle inside before sealing it up! You don’t need to worry about adding the actual battery votive candle until it is sealed because there is plenty of room to stick your hand in there to fill it.

The photos show exactly what I did by twisting the wire like a twisty tie on every spindle. You can also cut off any excess wire and wrap it around so no one gets scratched.

This Dollar Store Hanging Jack-O'-Lantern would look so cute on a porch or lined up on a sidewalk!

Lastly, attach the green chain to the top so it hangs evenly, and boo! Wouldn’t these look so cute lined up along a driveway, or sidewalk on Halloween hanging off of large metal hooks that stick into the ground 🤔?

This Dollar Store Hanging Jack-O'-Lantern would look so cute on a porch or lined up on a sidewalk!

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9 Responses

  1. Jeannie Wallace says:

    These are so awesome Julie. Thank you so much for sharing. I’m definitely going to do some of these for Halloween. They are so great!!!

  2. Nancy says:

    I hope it s not too late for me to find the “parts” at our Dollar Store because this is adorable! that mind of yours is somethin’ else! Thanks Miss Inspiration!

  3. Cheryl Zeis says:

    How about hot gluing black foam paper cutouts (Jack-o- lantern style) to the orange pumpkin basket and putting a tall Dollar Tree battery candle inside? It can be hung from a command hook, and removed after the season. Also, the pumpkin without cutouts, and fall leaves garlands woven throughout and dripping down – just for fall!

  4. Darlene says:

    So cute passing this on to my 3 girls.
    Thank You.

  5. Kaycee says:

    Boo, back atcha girl! These are so cute and I’ll bet they look awesome glowing a night too!

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