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.
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