My daughter loves getting creative, and was ecstatic when I told her I had an idea of something she could make for Halloween. We had all the supplies on hand, so this project didn't cost a thing! I love how they look on display with our other Halloween decorations, and my daughter is so proud of herself. That's probably the most important part, anyway.
Prep work: The jars you use can be any size and shape. Just be sure they are glass and that all labels have been removed. Goo Gone is a great label remover. You can also try using a baking soda/water paste if plain soap and water don't do the trick. Wash jars and let dry completely before starting the project.
3 Glass Jars - We used a large glass applesauce jar, a pickle jar, and a small Mason jar
Americana Gloss Enamels paint in Lavender, White, and Citron Green
Black Cricut Vinyl
Black spray paint
First, I had Zoey choose one paint color from our collection for each jar. She chose purple, green, and white - and was very specific as to which jar would be what color. So, I told her to put the paints next to each jar so we wouldn't forget. Then, I gave her a sponge brush and let her get started on painting.
We found it easier for me to hold the jar from the inside as she painted the outside. The paint goes on a lot better if you paint in one direction. When it was covered, we set them out upside down to dry, then went on to the next one.
When all the jars were painted, she went down for a nap, then she added a second coat to each jar. This gave them all a more even coverage and hid a lot of the paint streaks. Even though they felt dry to the touch later that evening, I let them sit out to dry for a few more days before moving on to the next step. While we were waiting for them to dry, I sprayed all the lids with some black spray paint to make them coordinate a little better.
Next, we cut out some faces from the Monster Bash Cartridge in black vinyl. Zoey picked the faces from the cartridge for each jar, then I sized them to fit and cut them through the Cricut Craft Room. I handed the pieces to her one at a time, and she stuck them on the jars. I only had to help with a couple of pieces to get the bubbles out, but other than that she did it all on her own.
Once all the faces were added, we put the lids on and set them on a shelf with some other Halloween decorations. Zoey is so proud of her project, and I love that she was able to do this almost all on her own! The paint on the jars can be painted for more durability, but I was afraid of the jars breaking in the oven, and am hoping they will be fine since they are for display only.