Halloween is upon us, and that means that many of us are working on decorating for the holiday. I don’t know about you, but I love decorating for the holidays even more now that I have kids! They eat it up! My girls were especially excited when I created this Spooky Halloween Village for our house.
I was thrilled to be invited to participate in Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores Celebrate the Season campaign. I pretty much adore Jo-Ann. The theme for this month is Spooky Spaces. I think this fits the bill!
Here are the supplies that you need to create your own Spooky Halloween Village:
- jars of varying sizes
- Mod Podge
- Cricut Mini (or other digital cutting machine)
- food coloring
Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores carries jars, Mod Podge, and vinyl. The food coloring is from my kitchen. Though come to think of it, they may carry that in the cake decorating section as well!
The first thing I wanted to do was stain the jars. I have heard of people doing this using Mod Podge and food coloring, so I decided to give it a whirl. I mixed up about 5 tablespoons (give or take) with 3 tablespoons of water. Then I mixed in my food coloring to the color that I wanted.
Once it was all mixed together, I poured it into the jar, and swirled it around in there, making sure to cover the entire jar. Once it was coated, I emptied the extra mixture out, letting the extras drip as much as I could.
Meanwhile, I had my oven pre-heating to 215. I laid some wax paper on a cookie sheet, and placed the jar upside down on the cookie sheet.
I baked the jar for about five minutes, then took it out and wiped off any extra mixture that had drained. Then I baked the jar for another 40 minutes, with it sitting right side up on the cookie sheet. (On a side note, I’ve also heard that you can air dry these and get the same effect).
When you take the jar out of the oven, you should have nice clear color. Isn’t that lovely?
Repeat for as many jars as you have. You can see the jars where I didn’t drain them well enough, so they have some streak marks. Don’t worry if you do, they won’t end up being all that noticeable.
Now it’s time to get busy with your Cricut machine. I did a search for haunted houses to find the three graphics I used. For the moon, I just layered a witch over a circle. Be sure to measure the surface area you’ll be adhering the vinyl to so that you size the graphics correctly.
Cut the vinyl, and then apply it to the jars using transfer tape. (If you’re un-sure how to do this, check out this post for more detailed instructions).
Don’t they look awesome?
Display the spooky village where you like! And then have your five year old de-spookify it by calling the haunted houses ‘witch castles’. Okay, that’s actually pretty cute. I love how you can see the fun colors during the day.
The jars turn much more spooky at night with the lights off, when they are all aglow. I am not sure how real candles would do in here, but I just used some LED tea lights. The colors don’t really show up but the tea lights give them a nice, spooky feel. Perfect for a haunted village.
If you are in the mood to do some spooky creating of your own, grab this coupon to Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores.