Halloween is one of my very favorite holidays especially when it comes to decorating. You’re going to love these Halloween jars DIY made from recycled mason jars. You can use any jars you have on hand and they will still turn out amazing. Time to clean out your fridge and use some of those nearly empty jars!
You won’t want to miss my Dollar Tree Coffin Halloween Craft to go along with these Halloween mason jars!
Before we get started with the DIY Halloween jars tutorial…
Do you paint mason jars on the inside or outside?
If your mason jars will get a lot of use, you should paint the inside to prevent the paint from chipping. If your mason jars are for display purposes only, you can paint the outside of the jar and seal with an acrylic sealer to prevent the paint rubbing off or chipping.
If you don’t seal the chalk paint with an acrylic sealer, it will scratch off easily.
For this Halloween jars DIY tutorial, I painted the jars on the outside since they are meant to be a shelf or table decoration for Halloween. These won’t be getting daily use all year or be used for anything that would damage the surface.
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How To Decorate A Mason Jar For Halloween
Supplies you need to make DIY Halloween jars:
- 3 Mason Jars or any other similar size jars like jelly jars
- White chalk paint for the ghost and accents like eyes
- Tan chalk paint for the scarecrow
- Orange chalk paint for the jack o lantern and accents
- Black craft paint or chalk paint for faces
- Halloween Ribbon of your choice
- Black material (I used a black bandana)
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Paint brushes
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Acrylic Sealer
How To Paint The Mason Jars
- Use rubbing alcohol to wipe down the entire outside surface of the jar. This will help the paint adhere.
- Paint one jar tan, one jar white and one jar orange with your chalk paint. Do 2 coats, allowing time to dry in between.
How To Make A Scarecrow Mason Jar
- Paint the face on each the tan jar. I’m not a great painter, but I’ve realized that most things are a series of dots and lines. If you break it down that way it’s a lot easier. You can make the faces however you want or copy the ones I made.
- After the paint dries, you’ll want to hold your design on and add a glossy finish with Acrylic Sealer
- For the scarecrow hat, cut a circle that is bigger than the mouth of the jar. This will be the brim of the hat. So you’ll want it to be big enough to be a little floppy.
- Cut a circle inside of that one that just fits around the neck of the jar and slide it on.
- Now cut a strip of burlap that wraps around the lid of the jar and is about 3 inches wide.
- Hot glue the strip to the edge of the lid. Then scrunch the top of the burlap and hot glue to make a hat shape.
- Glue a strip of ribbon to the edge of the lid.
How To Make A Ghost Mason Jar
- Paint the face on the white jar. The ghost face is the easiest because it’s just three circles.
- Once the paint has dried, seal with acrylic sealer to add shine and keep it from chipping.
- After the sealer has dried, tie a bow around the top of the ghost jar with your Halloween ribbon and that one is finished!
How To Make A Pumpkin/Jack O Lantern Mason Jar
- Paint a jack o lantern face on the orange jar. Get as creative as you want with it. Mine is pretty standard because my painting skills aren’t that great, but get creative with your pumpkin’s face.
- After your paint has all dried, seal with acrylic sealer to prevent chipping.
- For the pumpkin hat, cut a circle from your black material just like you did for the scarecrow and place it over the neck of the jar.
- Cut a triangle from the black material that will wrap around the entire edge of your lid.
- Glue the edge of the circle around the edge of the lid forming a pointy hat. Glue a strip of ribbon around the edge of the lid.
These are so versatile. You can use these DIY Halloween jars as a centerpiece on your table, you can put battery operated tea lights inside as a mason jar candle, you can put them on your mantle or a shelf, or they would make a cute Halloween gift.
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