Published on October 28th, 2013 | by Kristen Swain0
Monsterously Crazy Cute Halloween Jars
Hello! These recycled jars are the cutest Halloween decor items you can create this year. How fun to get the kids in on this one. Recycle, Reuse and Create. Fun, and inexpensive you only need a few items to get started to create these cute Halloween jars.
All you need are a few glass jars, I use a variety of spaghetti, salsa, etc… cleaned and labels removed. To remove the labels and glue, I use a OOOPs type product that is a little strong in odor, but works like magic. It also removes the ink stamping that some jars have.
You’ll need vinyl, acrylic paint and the jars, that’s it! I used a brown vinyl on my jars as I am out of black, and I used white as well. If you cannot find vinyl online or in your scrapbook store, you can often find a car quality vinyl at a car parts store- Pep Boys, AutoZone etc…
Now. after cleaning your jars, you want to squirt a couple good squirts of paint into your jar.
I like to fill the bottom of the jar with paint. I used cheapie $.50 paints, but pretty much used the entire bottle of paint.
Here is where the kids can help. Roll the jars- this is slow, since the thick paint moves slowly. Continue rolling the jar to coat the entire inside.
Once the jars are coated ( and you can see I painted mine before taking the paper completely off the outside- do it first, it’s easier)
I turned them upside down on some scrap cardboard, and let the paint drain down. I left them about 30 minutes, then moved them to another piece of cardboard and discarded the excess paint.
This allowed for less of a glob to pull off the jars. I left them in total about 2 hours, then turned them right side up and left them about 2 days to dry. Honestly I would leave them a week before using or inserting anything as the paint needs to dry well.
Then I simply took my vinyl and created faces for the monsters. I freehand cut out eyes and mouth and details for each monster. The kids could help with this and draw them on the reverse side of the vinyl. Then just peel and stick the pieces on to create faces.
For the Jack O’Lantern, I used triangles, and cut the whole mouth first, then cut out the teeth. Peel and Stick
For the blue monster, I cut out three circles in white, then cut three brown circles for the iris’s. Then I cut an oval for the nose, and some little triangles for the eyelashes. I also cut a half oval for the mouth and triangle teeth. Peel and Stick
For the skull, cut two ovalish circles, and upside down angular heart and the teeth are like a fence, I folded that vinyl in half and cut the ‘fence’ that way. Peel and Stick.
For Frankie, another fence for the stitches, and then double circles in brown for the eyes, white circles for the eyes. A wiggly worm mouth with a rectangle tooth. Peel and Stick.
I hope you like my adorable little monsters!
kris ( rattling chains!)