Hello Thursday Readers!
Given that Halloween is soon to be upon us, and I love crafts of the spooky variety, I bring you something cool. It’s just as the title reads, a ghost in a jar. But wait, it gets better. It GLOWS! I am borrowing the tutorial from PennyWise, and there are lots of photos to help you along.
Your materials are pretty simple. You will need a large clear jar or container (you can use a leftover one or a mason jar), fiberfill or faux cobwebs which you should be able to find at your dollar or craft store around this time of year, glow in the dark spray paint, a wire coat hanger, silver toned paper, glass paint and beads for eyes, a battery operated votive candle and a printer for some printables to make things extra easy. You’ll also need some other general craft supplies, like your choice of paint and brush, and something to cut the coat hanger with.
First things first. Paint the inside of the top and bottom of the jar with your paint. I would recommend a metalic charcoal (like the blogger did) or you could do black, white, grey, whichever you prefer (it doesn’t matter too much so long as it is suitable for glass painting). Next, either paint the lid a matching colour or cover the lid (if it’s a mason jar lid) with fabric and/or ribbon.
Next, fashion a piece of coat hanger into the shape of a lightbulb or head, with enough extra curling around the bottom so that it can stand upright. Attach this via glue gun or packing tape (or both) to a piece of cardboard so it can stand upright.
Choose a Victorian “frame” scene/label from an online printable or this graveyard scene from The Graphics Fairy, and cut an opening in the centre so you can easily see the ghost through it.
Cover your pet ghost with the fake cobwebs and mush them around until you can get a shape that you like, with arms, if you so choose. You can do a few layers to camouflage the base and the wire. Use your glue gun to add his eyes and spray him with a couple coats of glow in the dark spray paint. Don’t do too much otherwise you might lose some of his texture.
Glue your ghost to the bottom of the jar, and insert your silver paper (trimmed down to fit) behind the ghost on the inside of the jar, with the reflective side facing the ghost. Do the same thing with your label/Victorian scene (having the scene facing out through the glass, glued to either the inside or the outside of the jar) and centre the hole you cut to frame your little ghost friend and glue this to your jar as well.
Cut another section of thin cardboard, that you can fold to create a lowered cradle to hold your votive tealight. Be sure to cut a hole in the centre for the “flame” to poke through, and make sure that the carboard is thin enough that the jar lid can be screwed over top of it (to hide it, of course). This will give you a super cool light and will make it easy to turn on and off.
You can add any extra touches, like labels and little knobs, to make it just that much more awesome, but that’s it! You now have a new pet to add to your collection.
I hope you enjoyed this wee little guy,