Light Brites are 13 oz or Less


Tell me, did you ever play with these growing up?

Light Brites was definitely one of those things I was very excited to introduce to my kids.

Recently, while keeping my 3-year-old entertained, we discovered we could use our Light Brigtes to make this

I was surprised to discover how simple this was.

We took our recent booty from the pumpkin patch and hollowed it out like usual. Then we just had to scrape out a little extra to make the pumpkin walls a tad thinner than usual.

When we wanted to carve out some holes for our Light Brights, all it took was one of those handy safety carvers, and we were set.

The results were fantastic.
I did find I had to illuminate our jack-o-lantern with a night light instead of only a candle.

We decided the idea was too good not to share, so we piled some Light Brites in a tube, taped them up, and added some postage.

Now that I’ve mailed them off, there is is just one thing I’m trying to decide. I have several readers who have mailed coconuts. Do you see where I’m going with this? And I have a reader (hi, Angi!) who knows of someone near her who sticks postage on mini-pumpkins every year and mails them off as surprises.

So…do I mail the pumpkin too?
and incase you’d like to see a little more, here is my favorite fun mail inspiration from the archives (or follow my 13 oz or less Pinterest board, or see it all right here):

A Disposable Camera | A Sponge | A Tube of Bert’s Bees | A Wreath and Twinkly Lights | A Disguise | School Supplies | A Pair of Flip Flops | A Big Ball | Plastic Eggs 1 and 2 | Silly Putty |Shovel & a Bucket | Ribbon Sticks | Bubblewrap Hopscotch | Fan Mail | Waterbottle Care Package | Bouncy Balls | Sticky Notes | Jr Mints | Frisbee | Mini Banner and Mini m&ms

find postage rates for happy mail right here along with other mailing details


{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

CitricSugar October 25, 2012 at 8:28 am

Light Bright pumpkin? Awesome!

I’m constantly surprised and entertained by the things Americans can and do mail. As far as I’m aware, in Canada, you can’t mail a pumpkin unless you put it in a box first. And then lie about the contents. Which we wouldn’t do. Cuz we’re Canadian. :-)


AmberLee October 25, 2012 at 9:20 am

haha. thanks, Carly. yes, i admit your mailing manners are much more impeccable than ours.


jess October 25, 2012 at 12:06 pm
Tina October 25, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Super cute light brite pumpkin! I mailed a foam pumpkin from the dollar store to my daughter in college. I used a sharpie to write the address right on it because my label wasn’t sticking. She covered the whole thing with duct tape anyway! I wouldn’t mail a real pumpkin. Could be messy.


Lakeisha Jackson October 25, 2012 at 5:04 pm

I love this idea.I am a giver the only thing I would like in return is to see the face when they open that mail box.I live in Brandon ms in a neighborhood with alot of I am going to try this mailing thing


Rose October 26, 2012 at 12:20 am

Do you know if I can source light brites in the UK? Because I can’t seem to get fairy lights which are light enough to ship cheaply here.


Fiona October 26, 2012 at 12:22 am

Stick googly eyes on the pumpkin, and send it!
What a fantastic idea ;-)


Smee October 26, 2012 at 6:59 am

I’ve mailed whole pineapples, but man!, I wish I would have seen this…it never occurred to me to send a pumpkin! What a great idea!


Amy @ the Happy Tulip October 26, 2012 at 7:57 am

What an ingenious, cute little pumpkin! As for mailing the pumpkin, I say go for it. :)


Ann October 29, 2012 at 7:11 am

I just wanted to say how much I love your mailing posts. I am a big sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters and my Little (10 yrs old) moved to a town about 30min away. We were sad we can only see each other on weekends now, but I have started sending her letters and even a few “unusual” things with your posts being my inspiration. She loves it! I can not wait to send more!


AmberLee October 29, 2012 at 9:26 pm

thanks for the sweet note, Ann! and that is too wonderful of you to be sending goodies to your “little sis.” i love it.


Cindy Eikenberg October 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm

I was so inspired by your light bright pimpkin that I dug around in the attic, found the old Lite-Brite set and went to town on a Funkin! It looks awesome! Thank you so much for sharing this! Happy Halloween!


AmberLee November 6, 2012 at 8:38 pm

I love it, Cindy!! Thanks for the note!!


Lady in a Smalltown November 4, 2012 at 2:57 pm

I don’t know if it is the same in the UK, but I just looked on eBay (USA) and you can get tons of light bright pegs for very little money.

I love this idea and I am Pinning it for next year. I wonder if the “rind” of the craft pumpkins is the right depth for this craft.


Ruth Ann Perkins January 26, 2013 at 12:49 pm

You can use Christmas tree twists, birds, penlites, bows, starlites, etc that are sold, originally for the ceramic Christmas trees, but folks are using them for lots of other ideas. They are available much cheaper than on e-bay on


Heather November 6, 2012 at 2:17 pm

you are pretty much just plain brilliant.


Teresa November 8, 2012 at 11:45 am

Today I mailed a big plastic Easter egg. The kind that you would buy normally has a toy or candy big enough to fit matchbox cars in. Kids mailed t to there cousion today with a note stating sorry we could t come to thanksgiving at your house but our fave batman figure and car can.


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