Spooky Glow Jars Halloween Craft
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Hub Network through their partnership with Circle of Moms. While I was compensated to write a post about Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash Costume Contest, all opinions are my own
My kids have been begging me to start decorating for Halloween. I’m fairly certain the early arrival of costumes didn’t help much. So for this post, I thought I’d give you a couple of ideas of quick, fun and creative ways to create a “spooky jar”.
Above is the jar I made. I must say, this is the first time I’ve attempted this craft and I learned a few important things that I will share at the conclusion of the instructions.
For the jar above, I purchased a “mason jar”, glow sticks, and a foam stamp kit from my local Dollar Tree. I already had the white craft paint on hand. The stamp kit is reusable as is the paint.
I tried dipping the stamps into the paint, but they got too much on them and the ghosts looked like blobs. So I dipped my finger in the paint and spread a very thin layer onto the stamp.
The paint made the stamps slide around a little bit, but it easily wiped off with a paper towel and I applied a few more times until I was happy with them.
I then carefully clipped off the end of a glow stick and poured it into the jar. DO NOT try snipping off the other end to blow it through as it will only get on your lips and your tongue leaving a bad taste in your mouth all evening… I’m living proof of that. Be careful not to touch what comes out, also, as part of the insides of the sticks are actually glass. I emptied 3 bracelets into my jar.
Close the jar and shake like crazy! The glow from the glow sticks is supposed to last up to 8 hours (ours lasted only an hour).
*** Here is what I learned from this. ***
My husband and I decided that purchasing glow in the dark paint would have been a better choice. You won’t have to mess with the glow sticks and it will be reusable, which this is not. Just dribble or paint the insides with the paint and let dry. This is STILL a very cute project, though!
BUT WAIT… THERE’S MORE!
Ethan and I decided to try a similar but less messy route to a Spooky Glow Jar. You again will need a jar, glow sticks, and this time “spooky” stickers. We got ours at the Dollar Tree.
We covered the jar with scary foam spider stickers, curled up a few activated glow sticks and put on the lid.
It’s less messy, glows longer, is reusable, just as “spooky” and the kids can create freely. I also saw short strands of some Halloween colored lights that could possibly be integrated… but I like the quick and easy snap a glow stick and put it in method.
So are you in the Halloween mood now? I sure hope so… because I’ve got some exciting news to share!
I’m hoping you’ll check out Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash Costume Contest for a chance to win a $25,000 prize!
So, now it’s time for YOU to put on your creative thinking caps, because this contest is all about creativity. Costumes entered into the competition MUST be completely unique and one-of a kind. Store-bought, pre-made costumes are not allowed.
Participants are encouraged to create eye-popping, hair-raising and spooky costumes within one of the following six categories:
· Howl-arious – Shows the lighter side of Halloween with a take on a fun, funny or otherwise hilarious costume.
· Spook-tacular – Get ready to frighten America by showcasing the most spine-chilling costume for all the ghosts and ghouls out there.
· Mad Genius – Unique, original, innovative and never seen before. A knight in armor fashioned from bottle caps, bat wings made from old umbrellas, or a cardboard-box jetpack, the possibilities are endless. Display a costume unlike any other — show your Mad Genius.
· Blast from the Past – Take a stroll down memory lane with a timeless costume. Memories, nostalgia and yesteryear brought to life. Show your take on great figures from before the 20thcentury or a retro 50’s sock hop get up, 60’s flower child or other “period” inspired costumes.
· Animal Kingdom – Transform into a living creature from the past or present. Be a roaring lion, a school of jellyfish, a firefly, or a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
· Everyday Stuff – We’re looking for the coolest refrigerator/freezer, remote control, mailbox, block of Swiss cheese, telephone and more. Be creative and transform the ordinary into the extra-ordinary.
You’re gonna dress up anyway right? Might as well be creative for a chance to win $25,000… right?
So, just to recap…
* Visit hubworld.com/halloween for full contest details
* Contest registration open until 9/29
* No pre-made or ‘out of the box’ costumes will be accepted – we want to see your UNIQUE creation!
* One winner from each state will be flown to Los Angeles to appear in The Hub’s First Annual Halloween Bash and have the chance to win $25,000!
* Halloween Expert Martha Stewart to appear as a judge on Hub Network’s Halloween Bash