How To: Make Canned Halloween Monstrosities

How To: Make Canned Halloween Monstrosities

Tammy Everts
Oct 24, 2008

Disclaimer: This craft may not exactly be suitable for younger children (or even some older ones, for that matter), but it's so great we had to post it. These jarred specimens of evil scientist projects-gone-wrong would make absolutely fantastic Halloween (or year-round, depending on your taste) decorations. They're easy and fun to make. All you need are some jars and a trip to the dollar store.

We found this idea over at I Make Projects, where it's described as "a process, rather than a specific How-To. Use a similar process on your own to mix and match different items to make your own jars. Wander through the dollar store and look at the various items in a whole new way!"

Some tips for assembling your specimens:


  • Think up a good story behind each specimen. This will inform your label text, and since everyone will read the labels, you want them to be good. Example: Shrinking Potion Test Subject #13, Male aged 23 years, survived 8 min 9 sec

  • Use an inkjet printer. Coat labels liberally with contact cement after printing. This will "age" the paper and slightly distress the type.

  • Cheap jars work well, because the uneven glass distorts the contents.

  • Use a single drop of food coloring to tint the water.

  • If you're planning to keep your jars around for a while, add a sanitizing agent -- such as disinfectant, household cleaner, or bottle sanitizer -- to the water to prevent any possible bacterial growth.

Fun! We know what we're doing this weekend.

See the full instructions, with additional photos: I Make Projects

via One Pretty Thing

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