|My absolute favorite yard haunter is Pumpkin Rot who has the most impressive scarecrows, witches, pumkins and displays I’ve ever seen – all hand made! (His blog, What’s Brewing is required reading.) I’ve been eyeing his “Witch Jars” for quite a while but hadn't made one. While at Home Good this year, I stumbled upon an intricate jar and was instantly inspired.
The jar came in three pieces, a base, a glass canister and lid. I first spray painted the base and lid a flat black. For the jar, I took acrylic black paint and watered it down a little but didn’t mix it thoroughly. With a large spoon, I placed a goopy glob in the jar and then tilted it, letting the remants splash then drip out. With a hair dryer, I dried the paint so that the thinner paint would adhere and the globs crusted over. I repeated the process until the jar was covered.
The next day, I took a bright yellow paint and a green paint and prepared dishes of very watered down paint. In the third dish, I mixed the yellow and green to form a third color. I repeated the process above alternately dripping and drying the three paints. With a straw I was able to control the streams and push them around.
To muck up the outside of the smooth glass, I used Pumpkin Rot’s brilliant idea of coating it with Elmer’s glue. I drilled a hole in the bottom for the light, and finished the Soul Catcher Jar with printed a creepy sign.