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Published on October 29th, 2013 | by Kristen Swain


The Creepiest Specimen Jars Ever

Last year I created this cute specimen jars for Halloween. I liked them. I took some salsa and spaghetti jars, cleaned them out, spray painted candle sticks with black paint, and then used silicone to glue the jars to the candlesticks. I added bead lid toppers and spray painted the lids black as well. I also found these fun jar labels online free and printed them out. Before I finished the outsides of the jars, I filled them with cheap dollar store skeletons and spiders with webbing. To finish them off, I added plastic bugs, buttons, twine, cheese cloth, and some of that black creepy netting.

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Cute, nice and all, but lacking the horror factor I was going for.

Bring on the candle wax…

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Since I figured that any witch worth her measure would have dozens of years of working in a candle lit room, these treasured, but rarely used, jars would probably have had drips of wax all over them a various times.

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Let me show you close up.

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I love the new look, aren’t they extraordinarily creepy! The candle wax ( I used a white candle) gets smoke and blackened and that colors the drips to various greys.

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Creepiest Specimen Jars - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

I also really like that it hides what is inside, so the cheap dollar store skeletons and spiders turn into something more sinister and far nastier then being able to see inside easily.

This jar, a maple syrup jar, I added a sticker label, that I antiqued with walnut inks, then put on the jar. Inside the jar is sphagnum moss and spiders. Then I dripped wax down the jar. I think that a short candle stub would really look cool coming out of the top of the lid.

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You’ll have to be careful of the wax when you are moving these around, the wax does tend to break off easily, but I love the whole creepy effect.


kris ( skritch, skritch,skreechh)

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15 Responses to The Creepiest Specimen Jars Ever

  1. Rachel says:

    Love these, so creepy!

  2. Marsha says:

    I absolutely LOVE these!! I did some jars, too, but they are SOOO missing something!! I went to Pinterest and looked for Halloween jars to get some ideas and found you!!! Love it!!! I may even add some red candle wax, or a peachy tan flesh colored depending on whats in the jar, or just stick to white…Im not sure yet but thanks sooo much for the ideas and inspiration!! Love it!!!!

    • cmiy says:

      Thank you so much Marsha! yes, I agree, colored wax would be another fantastic idea! I love how creepy these look!
      thanks for taking the time to comment as well!

  3. Teri says:

    LOve them!! I have been collecting jars all year and can’t wait to get started…Halloween hurry up and get here!

  4. mandy says:

    these are amazing cannot wait to have a go

  5. Noreen says:

    Love these! Perfect to set on a buffet to encourage people to eat more! lol

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Noreen! haha! that might not have the effect you are looking for, you might have a lot of food left over from your buffet!

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  7. Monte says:

    I love these as well, also recommend to use red wax to make the bloody look. lol

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