I love my Halloween mason jars, made creepy with some painted and stiffened cheesecloth! They were super easy to make.
And you don’t have to make them just to wrap around a container. If stiffened enough, they can stand alone too. This one I made into a bowl. Here is a bowl I made in the same way as the mason jar wraps, and they’re holding my Hairy Monster Eyeball Rings, which I’m sharing on See Vanessa Craft today as part of her 30 Days of Halloween series! So be sure to head on over there too!
My tutorial will show how to make the bowl, but the mason jar wraps will be made in the same way.
Supplies (This list contains affiliate links to my favorite craft supplies used in this project! There’s no cost to you for clicking on them. I will receive a commission if you make a purchase through one of these links.)
- Black craft paint
- Microwaveable glass container
- Plastic wrap
- Painters tape
- Fabric stiffener
- Foam brushes
- Paper plate
- Microwave and hair dryer
Cut four squares of cheesecloth that are slightly larger than your container. Cover your work surface with a large piece of paper and tape one cheesecloth square to it. Brush on some black craft paint all over the cheesecloth. You don’t have to apply the paint evenly. You’ll get a different look if you vary the amount of coverage on your cheesecloth layers. Also, if you change the direction of your painting, you’ll stretch out and misshapen the cheesecloth, which just increases the creepiness factor, so this is also highly encouraged!
Cover a glass bowl or mason jar with plastic wrap and turn it upside down. Lay the cheesecloth square over it.
Paint a total of four cheesecloth squares and layer them over the the bowl as well, rotating them so the corners aren’t directly on top of each other. Then, place the bowl/cheesecloth onto a paper plate. Slowly and carefully pour fabric stiffener over the bowl, and use a foam brush to spread the fabric stiffener all over the bowl, down to all of the corners. Then, lift the bowl a little bit, and squeeze off the excess fabric stiffener. Transfer the bowl to another paper plate (save the fabric stiffener in the previous plate for the next one). Note: Some stiffeners come in a spray bottle and some you pour out. Spraying light layers wasn’t enough for this project so I opened the bottle and poured it on.
To speed up the drying process, I used both a microwave and a hair dryer. First, I microwaved the bowl (on the plate) for two intervals of 30 seconds. After that, it starts to get stinky in the microwave. Then I dried it some more with a hair dryer. It only took about five minutes more to get most of the moisture out. Peel off the cheesecloth from the bowl to loosen it, but don’t worry if your cheesecloth loses its shape; just use your hands to mold it again. Place it back on the bowl, pressing it down all around the bowl. You can continue to dry it with the hair dryer, or just let it air dry and it should stiffen up and keep its shape. All done with the bowl!
I shaped my mason jar wraps using mason jars, and again, you can either stand the containers alone or wrap them around the mason jar. Wooooooo they look creepy! You could put little candies or toys in them.
I loved how they looked wrapped around my mason jars with an orange candle inside.
Thanks as always to Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, and guest host 100 Directions for hosting Craft Lightning Halloween! Click the button below to see this week’s fast-as-lightning crafts, all this week!
Again, be sure to check out my Hairy Monster Eyeball Ring on See Vanessa Craft today!
Plus, come back tomorrow to see more of my Halloween mantle and more details on those cool orange candles!