True confession- I have a thing for creepy looking specimen jars at Halloween. Whether it's body parts, insects, or some sort of mutant rodent- they are by far my favorite kind of Halloween decoration.
Leave it to Martha Stewart to make specimen jars chic! It was years ago that I saw a feature in one of her magazines (presumably one of her October issues) where she had skeletal hands under a cake dome and severed fingers in small trinket boxes- it's all quite morbid but add some glitter and it kind of makes it less edgy, right?
There is something mysterious about them!
Admit it - you are looking at these and wondering what the heck are they!
They don't have to be creepy to be interesting. Here plants and tinted liquid are used to give it an ominous look.
Last week I posted this pic as part of a Halloween decorating post .
Here is my very simple, family-fun version:
Spray paint the sticks (I used silver and white)
Spray paint the creepy crawly things.
Spray paint lids.
When dry, glue moss into the inside of each lid.
Glue creepy crawlers to sticks that have been broken down to fit within the jars.
Carefully screw the lids on.
Sit back and be creeped out!
The kids thought it would be fun to glue spiders onto the outside of the jar "so people would think that they escaped" oooh, scary!
Here is one more for inspiration.
I like the specimen jars with liquid in them better- I guess that's the next project!
Either way, this is a very fun project for the kids.
Pretty creepy, huh?