Last week I made spooky jars for treats for our neighbors and teachers for Halloween out of mason jars. These are great for holding candies and homemade chocolate suckers! Also, the mummy and the ghost glow in the dark! Unfortunately my camera was unable to capture it, or at least I couldn’t convince it to capture the glowing in the dark!
Tools and Supplies Used:
- Mason Jars
- Foam Paint Brushes
- GLO-IT Paint (glow in the dark paint)(Mummy and Ghost)
- Electrical Tape
- X-ACTO Knife
- X-ACTO Board
- Metal Paint (like acrylic, made for metal, not metallic paint) Orange, Black and Green
- Fun Googly Eyes (Ghost, Mummy and Frankenstein)
- Cheese Cloth (Ghost)
- Medical Tape (Mummy)
- Mod Podge (Ghost)
- 2 Bolts or Screw Nuts (Frankenstein)
- Latex or Disposable Gloves
A few tips before we get started:
Make sure the jars are clean and dry.
Use newspapers and disposable gloves to keep cleanup to a minimum.
Use a paint for metal or glass (instead of
This is what happened when I tried to use my cheaper acrylic paint on the jars. So I switched to paint for metal and the coverage improved immensely.
I used an orange paint for metals and did a coat, let it dry then did another coat. I then took the electrical tape and laid it on the cutting board and used it as a grid to cut out my eyes, nose and mouth. Once the jar was dried, I put on his face. Done!
This jar required the green and black paint. I did two coats of each color and let it dry. I then took the electrical tape and cut out shapes on my grid. The screws on the side are stuck on with glue dots even thought they didn’t stay on long after this photo so I had to switch to sticking on just two screw nuts.
First start with medical wrapping tape. I bought this for around $2.50 at Walmart and still have a lot leftover to keep in our medicine cabinet. Take about 3-4 in strips and just start sticking them on the jar, no rhyme or reason just until it’s fully covered. Then take the GLO-IT Paint and cover the tape with the paint using the foam brush, let dry. Do a second coat once it’s dry. After it’s dry then put the googly eyes one, done!
This one was messy but pretty fun and is an easy clean up if you do it on newspapers and wear the disposable gloves. Start with cutting cheese cloth, long enough to fit over your jar. Cut about 8 “ply’s” of the cheese cloth and set aside. Take about 1/2 cup of mod podge and 2 tablespoons of the GLO-IT paint and mix together in a bowl. Take the strips of cheese cloth and dip them in the podge/paint solution. Dowse them, wring the out and then open them back up so you can put them on the jars. Once they are fully open lay across the jar by draping them over. Continue this process until all are used, using a criss-cross motion. Once they are all on, start fluffing them out to make the cheese cloth flare, let dry. While it dried I cut out the mouth with electrical tape and then put the googly eyes and mouth on, done!
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