Monster Jars

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Last year I saw this cute idea on Not So Idle Hands and knew I had to make them right away! I didn't have enough jars so I ran out the the grocery store and bought a few and emptied the contents into tupperware so I could use them immediately! I was super excited when I found the square jar, perfect for Frankenstein! Even better, It was a big jar of Claussen pickles, they're my favorite kind! They were really fun to make and quickly became my favorite Halloween decoration! I didn't take step by step pictures since I wasn't blogging back then, but they are so simple to do, I don't think you need pictures to figure it out!

What you need:
•Mod Podge
•colored tissue paper
•assorted glass or plastic jars (glass if you are using candles)
•acrylic paint

What to do:
1. Cut your tissue paper about the same length of your jar and about 1-2 inches wide.
2. Apply a strip of Mod Podge to the jar, and lay a strip of tissue paper on top of it. Smooth it out, being careful not to tear the paper. It will look a little wrinkly, but will look more smooth once it has dried.
3. Continue doing this, overlapping the strips a tiny bit, all the way around the jar until it's covered. (for the mummy, I just used random sized strips and put them in all different directions)
4. Cut out face shapes from black paper, or use the cute templates Emily offers here, here or here. I had to re-size the templates to fit my jars. Apply the faces with Mod Podge and give the entire jar a top coat of Mod Podge.
5. Once the jar is dry, paint the tops of the jars green, gray or black.
6. Fill jars with tea candles or a string of white lights, and enjoy the spooky ambience!

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Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

Love these!

Emily Thompson said...

oh SOOO cute! Not sure how I found your blog... navigating around.. but I love this decoration!

Tanya said...

I made those last year, too. So adorable!

Fotf said...

Perfect, more inspiration for my candle jars :)

Jen J. said...

I saw this on Not So Idle hands last year too! I have saved a few jars this year & think I just may try this out for this halloween! :) Great job on yous - love the mummy!

Janna said...

I think I'd much rather do these than carve messy pumpkins! My kiddos are going to love this project!

Jingle said...

These are so super cute!

Diane at Perfectly Imperfect Life said...

So stinkin' cute! I'm definitely bookmarking these so I can make them with my kids!

Unknown said...

I didn't think anyone else would do that besides me. When I've got the itch to make something, look out world. And I love Frankenstein the best. What a great find, a square jar! I'm totally making these for our house.


Brandi said...

Love this idea! I might have to add this project to our Halloween decor.

Jenn @ Delicious Ambiguity said...

Love this idea! I've featured you here:


Have a great week!

Donene said...

These are super cute! Thanks for the great idea!
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Unknown said...

Super cute!! I'm in charge of creative ideas for my MOPS group, I have added these to my file for next month :)

Devin and Brooke said...

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Judy Whatilivefor said...

I just made these this year with fabric and tea candles and had so much fun! I love the Frankenstein jar!

AllieMakes! said...

Super Cute! I can't wait for Halloween!
You should come link this up at my Making It With Allie Party!

Salty Gal said...

these :) I had to share with my readers here:


Sandy Ang said...

Just great !

Sharon@thisthriftyhouse said...

I LOVE these!! I have just book marked these for future use!! Thank you for the great idea!!

Jen @ New Shade of Green said...

Love these! Fun and simple, and darn cute! Will have to make these! Thanks for posting this.

kim west said...

I featured you on my blog...


Karey Culp said...

I adore these!!! I am so inspired you have no idea ;)

Thanks so much for posting them.
I hope you had a great weekend!


ificould said...

These are so adorable! I posted a link: http://ificould-ificould.blogspot.com/2010/10/halloween-luminaries.html

Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

These look very easy to make. Thanks for the instructions. I'm sharing this post with my readers today.

JoDee Martin said...

LOVE it!!
Hope I get some time to make them this week!
Following you- would love a follow back.