DIY Terra Cotta Candy Jar Jack-O’-Lantern

Another day, another DIY project inspired by Pinterest.  I was on a terra cotta kick after my jewelry tower/decorative wine cork tower (which is sitting on my brand new dresser, but is still a hybrid of both, lol) was finished and just started searching for “terra cotta crafts” on Pinterest.  I came across a picture of a candy jar made out of terra cotta planters, but it was just a JPEG file uploaded as a pin.  Don’t you have when people do that, just upload a picture of their finished product and don’t actually give you any sort of details or instructions as to how they made it?

Anyway, I then did a Pinterest search for “terra cotta candy” and found all sorts of neat candy jars and gum ball machines that people had made.  I decided to do a Halloween theme and make a candy jar to put candy corn, Reeses Pieces, etc. in.  I didn’t follow one particular website, but rather got ideas from a whole bunch of them.  It took a little bit of running around between Michael’s, Lowes, the dollar store, and Wal-Mart to coordinate all the sizes I wanted, but I LOVE the final product.  I’m so happy with how it came out that I made more for my mom, sisters, MIL, and office.  Here’s my final product:


You’ll Need:

  • 1 Terra Cotta planter (size of your choice)
  • 1 Terra Cotta planter bottom/saucer (size of your choice)
  • 1 glass bowl (size of your choice; you can get a small or medium-sized one from a dollar store like The Dollar Tree or a medium-large or large one from Wal-Mart for $2.00.)
  • Paint
  • Ribbon or other decorative pieces
  • 1 round wooden cabinet knob (I got one from Lowes for $0.89, but it wasn’t truly round; a wooden doll’s head from Michael’s will also do just fine.)
  • Epoxy or Gorilla Glue



  1. Clean and paint the terra cotta planters and wooden knob whatever color you want.  I went with black.
  2. Decorate as you want.  I painted the Jack-O’-Lantern on the glass bowl and added a ribbon around the base of the planter, but you can paint decorations or do whatever you want.
  3. Glue the knob to the top of the saucer and the glass bowl to the planter.  I added the candy corn in to give the glass jar some weight and help hold it in place as the Gorilla Glue dried.
  4. Fill ‘er up with candy and enjoy!
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