It feels like forever since I’ve posted! I certainly didn’t intend to leave the “booty” post as the top one for so long. I’m so glad you’re all still here with me.
August 27, 2009 by 19 Comments
I have been so excited about this idea since it first popped into my head a few weeks back. I was super excited because I’ve never seen this anywhere before, because it is easy, and because it is super-cheap! I’m not sure why I was thinking Halloween, since we are still consistently in the triple-digits here, but maybe we can will Autumn to come through our craftiness.
If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know that I have been swimming in baby food jars from this project. At one point in the preparation for that craft, some of the jars inadvertently got spray painted, and it got me thinking.
I used labels to cut out the shapes for the faces. The hardest part of the whole project, was probably peeling the backing off of the tiny shapes to stick them on. I used a hole punch for the small round eyes, and some of those hole-reinforcer stickers (what are those called?) for the big ones. Kids could cut out their face shapes. In fact, I’m considering large jars instead of carving pumpkins this year, since they rot in a day in our heat. I spray painted the jars and removed the labels, allowing the light to shine through. Mine was left-over black paint, and OSHA standard orange from an ACE Hardware garage sale (super cheap, hanging around our house, waiting to get used).
A few tips if you want to make these:
*Clean the jars well, and use goo-gone or alcohol to get off the label residue.
*Check your spray paint. You probably have the best results if you use one that says it works on glass.
*Spray lightly. A heavy coat of paint is likely to peel off with your stickers.
*You might consider covering the inside of the jar as you paint. I allowed some overspray to get in, which clouds the faces a little. I’m OK with it, but there will be more contrast if no paint gets on the inside.
*If your labels leave any residue, you can get rid of that with a Q-tip and some alcohol.
*I added black cardstock bat wings to a small black jar to make a bat (It has vampire teeth, though you can’t see them well in the photo.
*If you use the smallest baby jars, you might have to look for some extra small tea-lights. Standard ones fit in the Gerber jars, but not the other brand (can’t remember) that I used on my smallest pumpkin.
I can see a bunch of these lined up for a dramatic display, or one for each member of the family. Of course, play it safe with fire, don’t leave candles attended, and all that jazz!
Joining in DIY Thursday!