Halloween Crafting: How to make a DIY Jar-o’-Lanterns with INSTAX?

It’s almost Halloween, and you’re probably itching to get creative with your home decorations. Well, here’s a spooktacular DIY design that’s so easy it’s scary! Sophiagaleria shared a great idea for a unique Halloween photo jar which you can make in no time just with your INSTAX mini Link Printer and some simple items.

What will you need?

  • a screw-top jar;
  • tangerines;
  • a black waterproof pen;
  • mini fairy lights (LED);
  • INSTAX mini Link Printer;
  • wooden sticks.

Step 1. Draw spooky faces

First, get your tangerines ready. Take your black waterproof pen and let your creativity run wild drawing funny or scary Halloween faces on the tangerines. It may be classic jack-o’-lanterns, sinister smiles, or even spooky ghosts. Feel free to experiment!

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Halloween DIY: Have Fun While Staying Safe

Many thanks to instax UK for the inspiration and the shots! Check out their instax Blog to get even more inspirational instax DIY ideas.

Some Halloween traditions may look different this year, but it can still be a lot of fun. Celebrate the spookiest time of year safely with your family at home and make sure the only thing to be scared of is the costumes. Make it safe, keep it fun!
Here are some quick and easy tips to add a fun, creative edge using instax prints! Take the chance for you and the members of your household to get creative, and maybe even invent some new traditions for your family!

Toffee Apple Treat Tags

What you need:

  • 6 apples
  • 350g sugar (golden caster sugar or brown sugar)
  • 100ml water
  • 35g butter
  • 2tsp white vinegar
  • 2tbsp golden syrup
  • Baking paper
  • Wooden toffee apple sticks/lollipop sticks
  • Clear film or bagsSugar thermometer (optional)
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch

How to create:

Clean your apples and dry them thoroughly.
Twist off each stalk and push a wooden stick into the stalk end of each apple.
Cut a piece of baking paper big enough for all the apples with generous space between them.
Put the sugar and water into a pan on a medium heat. Cook until the sugar has dissolved and then stir in the butter, vinegar and golden syrup.
TIP: If you have a sugar thermometer boil to around 120°C, or test the toffee by spooning a small amount into a bowl of cold water. If it’s ready it will ball up and harden; if it’s not, it will break up.
When it’s ready, turn off the heat.

Now you need to work quickly. Dip each apple into the toffee. Make sure it’s covered before taking it out – let any excess toffee drip off back into the pan. Place it on the baking paper to dry.
The apples should take around 15 minutes to fully dry, then it’s time to get wrapping and gift tagging.

Turn on your instax  Printer and connect your camera using the instax SHARE app.
Select a picture to print, click edit and rotate the image 180° so it looks upside down. This is so when you punch a hole in the top of the print, the gift tag hangs so the picture is the right way up (Important – never punch a hole into undeveloped film as the chemicals sit inside the wide white part of the film and will be harmful to your skin!).
If you don’t want to punch a hole, you can print as normal and stick the instax print to a piece of card and punch the hole in the card instead.
Wrap your toffee apple with film or place it in a film bag (stick upwards),
thread your ribbon through the hole in the print, then wrap it around the film and tie it in a bow.

Photo Piñata

Buy a spooky-themed piñata for your party. Fill it with sweets and instax pictures so it will be even more of a surprise when the winner smashes it open.

Pumpkin Carving

This is one Halloween tradition that is as safe and fun as ever – apart from carving injuries! So as always, please be careful with the knife!
Create some scary pumpkin faces and make it an unforgettable event with your family by taking some snaps with your instax camera.
TIP: Roast the pumpkin’s seeds for a healthy snack!

Ghoulish Goodie Bags

So no sweets and snacks get left behind, create personalised gift bags for your friends and surprise them. Choose some pictures from last year’s Halloween parties which have great memories for you and your friends, stick them to the goodie bags and decorate in Halloween bits. Hand out the candy bags by placing them in front of their door. So this is a way to still feel connected to your friends, even during COVID and by keeping distance.