Sunday, 21 October 2012

Halloween Painted Jars

I’m really not a fan of Halloween. I think it’s weird and creepy and, as a teacher, I dread the days that follow trick-or-treating. Despite my feelings about the occasion, I decided to make a few Halloween projects, starting with these painted jars.

I have seen many versions of these online and, while I didn’t actually follow any of the instructions, I did use them for inspiration.  For the instructions I guessed as I went along and they worked out quite well.

First I took some empty jars. There are from Prego pasta sauce. We normally use the club size pasta sauce but I knew I needed some jars for this project so we used the normal size jars for a few weeks. I poured some acrylic paint inside the jars and swirled it around. It took quite a bit to cover the entire surface but I didn’t water the paint down because I wanted thick coverage.

Once I had the insides completely covered I turned the jars upside down and placed it on a plate covered with tinfoil. I moved the jars fairly frequently at first (maybe every 15 – 20 minutes) as there was a fair amount of paint coming out. After a couple hours I stopped moving them and left them to dry over night.

When I got up the next morning I turned the jars right side up and painted faces on them. At this point the insides still weren’t completely dry but it didn’t really matter. I used a black paint-marker and freehanded the faces.

I think I may eventually put candles in them and use them as luminaries but for now they're sitting empty on my fake-mantle.

For someone who doesn't really like Halloween, I'm surprised how much I like these jars. I’m really happy with how they turned out but I feel like I need a white ghost. Maybe if we eat some more pasta this week I’ll make one to add to the set. 

Shared on: Take A Look Tuesday @ Sugar Bee Crafts, The Creative Spark @ Clean & Scentsible, Wow Me Wednesday @ Ginger Snap Crafts, Link Up & Spook On @ Amy's Cooking Adventures, Wickedly Creative Halloween Party @ Itsy Bitsy Paper, It's a Party @ A Creative Princess, Artsy-Corner Thursday @ Artsy-Fartsy Mama, Saturday Seven @ Positively Splendid, Cure For the Common Monday @ Lines Across, Love Bakes Good Cakes, Someday Crafts


  1. Super cute!!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. I love your jars! I think they turned out great and I love the colours you chose! Happy Fall! Angie xo

  3. These are so cute and fun! And the colors you chose are perfect! Hopping over from Wow Me Wednesday :)


  4. Your jars are super cute! I love Halloween happy colors! And I love that you reused some jars ;) Maybe you'll start liking Halloween better after a few more crafts like these, hehe! Halloween is what got me into crafting last year. Haven't made any Halloween crafts this year though :(

  5. These turned out really great! I hope you will stop by and link this up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party if you haven't already. Thank you so much!

  6. Super cute and perfect for Halloween! I'd love for you to link this up at Do Something Crafty Friday:


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