As a kid we did lots of Mod Podge crafts – from Christmas ornaments to jewelry making, it seemed we always had a jar or two on hand! As an adult, I don’t use Mod Podge as often as I used to, and every time I do attempt a project that involves it, I’m reminded once again how fun it is! These DIY Halloween Jars are a fun and easy project whether you’re a seasoned crafter or not!
What you’ll need:
- Mason Jars (I found a case of 12 for about $8 at Big Lots)
- Assorted tissue paper
- Black paper (not tissue, more like printer paper)
- Mod Podge
- Paintbrush or foam brush
You can definitely get as creative with this project as you’d like!!
1. If you plan to paint your jar lids, go ahead and do that first! Tape the inside circle to the lid to keep in place and then flip over onto sheets of newspaper and cover with a few coats of desired spray paint. I used black.
2. Once you decide on the color of a particular jar, take a sheet of tissue paper and trace around the bottom of your mason jar with a pencil and cut out. (You don’t have to be exact here, you could even cut one larger than the bottom.)
3. Take a sheet of tissue paper and measure the length of the jar from bottom to top. Cut all the way across the tissue paper so you have one long piece (close to) the height of your jar.
4. Cut strips of the tissue in 1-2″ width.
5. Now the fun part! Take your brush and dip into your Mod Podge. Paint a thin layer on the bottom of your jar. Place your tissue circle on top and then paint another layer of Mod Podge on top.
5. Paint a line of Mod Podge from the rim of the glass to the jar bottom making sure to overlap with the bottom piece somewhere. Place a tissue strip on top of the glue and smooth out as best you can before painting more Mod Podge on top. Continue working around the jar with tissue strips/Mod Podge.
6. Once you’ve covered the jar, place it upside down on scrap paper to dry.
7. Let your jars dry completely. At least a few hours or overnight. Then, get started on your faces!
8. You can get as creative as you want here! I took black paper and drew my outlines with a pencil before cutting them out.
9. Use the same Mod Podge method to apply your face. Paint on a thin area of glue and then place your piece before covering it in more glue.
10. Let it dry, screw on your lid and you’re done!
What kind of ideas can you come up with?
You can drop a battery tea light in the bottom too for a nice little glow! So fun!
You also don’t have to stick with Halloween-themed designs! My brother got creative:
Such a fun and easy DIY project! I’m already thinking up Christmas-themed jars I can create! Plus, doesn’t this seem like a fun activity for a kid’s birthday party? I would have loved this! Mod Podge is the best!
Originally published on October 22, 2015