Halloween Mason Jar Crafts

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Looking for some fun and creative Halloween craft ideas? Don’t forget your trusty Mason jars. These versatile little glass jars provide an excellent base for all kinds of fun and spine chilling Halloween projects.

Halloween Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

Your kids will look forward to washing their hands when you make this spooky Frankenstein soap dispenser:

You will need:

  • Mason jar
  • Green, black and white acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Black marker
  • Two nuts and short bolts
  • Craft glue designed for glass
  • Clear glass sealer spray
  • Plastic soap dispenser pump
  • Drill
  • Caulk sealant
  1. Paint the outside of the jar green and the lid black.
  2. Allow about a half-hour for paint to dry.
  3. Apply a second coat of paint to the jar and lid.
  4. Wait another half-hour for paint to dry and then paint on Frankenstein face using black and white paint for the eyes and nose, and marker to add a mouth and eyebrows. Draw on some stitches as well.
  5. Glue nuts and bolts to sides of the face. Give one side a few minutes to dry before doing the other.
  6. Spray jar and lid with three coats of sealer spray, allowing a half-hour to dry between coats.
  7. When everything is dry, drill a hole in the lid to fit the soap dispenser pump straw. If you don’t have a drill, carefully hammer a nail through the center of the lid, wiggling the nail until the hole is largest enough for the soap pump.
  8. Insert straw into hole, glue and seal with caulk sealant.
  9. After the caulk is dry, fill jar with liquid soap, screw on lid and add some clean Halloween spirit to your bathroom or kitchen.

Halloween Mason Jar Sippy Cup

A variation on the soap dispenser is to create a Halloween sippy cup from your Mason jar. To do this, decorate your jar with a Halloween theme as you would for the soap dispenser, taking care that any paints or sealers you use are non-toxic and touch the inside of the jar. Drill a hole in the lid for the straw and fill with your favorite witches’ brew. This is also a great way to keep bugs out of your drinks if you plan to celebrate outside.

Mason Jar Halloween Specimens

If you’re ready for a real shiver, why not create some scary Mason mad scientist “specimen” jars for your home? Here’s how:

  1. Fill jars about ¾ of the way full with water.
  2. Add a few drops of food coloring in disturbing shades. You might want to try red for blood, green for slime, brown to just look like things are rotting or perhaps orange or purple for general Halloween fun.
  3. Put a spine chilling “specimen” in each jar. Some good choices include large plastic insects or snakes, or fake body parts and miniature skulls.
  4. Screw the lids on your jars and display around the house for spine chilling thrills.

Spooky Halloween Mason Jar Snow Globe

Mason jars make terrific snow globes for Halloween. These easy instructions will help you create your own:


  • Mason jar
  • Pure distilled water
  • Purple, gold, and/or orange glitter
  • Liquid glycerin
  • Epoxy
  • Halloween miniatures that can get wet such as little plastic gravestones, haunted houses, spiders, monsters, vampires or ghosts. Check out your local pet store – you may find some great stuff in the fish tank section!

To assemble the snow globe:

  1. Arrange a few miniatures on the inside of the Mason jar lid and attach them with epoxy.
  2. Let epoxy dry overnight.
  3. Fill Mason jar with distilled water.
  4. Add two or three drops of glycerin to the water.
  5. Add some glitter, a little at a time.
  6. Screw the lid back onto the jar securely, turn jar upside down, shake up the glitter and enjoy!

Halloween Mason Jar Meal Ideas

Since Mason jars have such an attractive presentation, they’re perfect for these edible gift crafts:

  • Pumpkin cake in a jar: You’ll find lots of great recipes for cakes you can bake right in the jar. When the cake is done and cool, decorate your jar with a ruffled skirt for the lid, some ribbons and perhaps some holiday decals.
  • Candy jars: Fill Mason jars with Halloween themed or colored candies such as candy corn, orange M&Ms, purple and orange jelly beans, or black licorice. Or try a Frankenstein jar with green candy and black lace and ribbon trimmings.
  • Cookie jars: Fill Mason jars with small cookies shaped like pumpkins, ghosts or other Halloween themes. Cut out some black silhouettes of Halloween figures and decoupage them to the jar.

More Halloween Jars

The possibilities for Halloween Mason jar projects are practically endless. Here are just a few more ideas to get you started:

  • Decoupage jars with a collage of colorful Halloween craft paper.
  • Create a witch by spray-painting the jar green, and gluing on features, hair and a hat.
  • Apply orange, green or purple opaque glass paints and illuminate with a candle inside. Glue faux spider webs or black lace around the outside of the jar for a haunting effect.
  • Etch Halloween sayings or pictures into the glass for an elegant holiday look with “frosted glass” spray paint.

Mason jar crafts are fun for the whole family, with projects that suit every age and crafting ability level. Get your kids involved and have fun transforming Mason jars into your own unique interpretations of Halloween.

Last Updated: September 9, 2012
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About Roberta Pescow Roberta Pescow holds a bachelor's degree in communications from City University of New York, Queens College and is a freelance writer and editor in the NJ area. The author of "A Life In The Service" and "A Monster's Tears," she enjoys writing informative articles, personal essays, fiction and music.  Roberta is a proud mother of two. Her other interests include fitness, photography, sculpture and meditation. She is a voracious reader and holds a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do. Roberta enjoys decorating her hectic, but happy home and garden in original and affordable ways.  

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