Are you looking for a unique DIY Halloween decoration to do with the kids or a group of friends? Or maybe you need a last minute Halloween prop for a mantel or a centerpiece? Whatever the case, these laboratory jars will add a spooky dimension to any Halloween display.
DIY Laboratory Jars: What You Need
- Empty bottles (salad dressing bottles, wine bottles, or clear bottles from a discount store)
- Spray paint
- Puffy paint
- Cotton balls
- Chalk labels
- Newspaper (or another surface safe for spray painting)
DIY Laboratory Jars: Directions
- Remove the labels from your bottles. There are a few ways to do this, but the easiest is to use a hair dryer. Turn the hair dryer on and blow the heat right onto the label. This will heat the label glue and make it easy to peel off!
- Paint the bottles with black spray paint.
- Once the paint is dry, glue the cotton ball on top of the bottle opening by adding a small ring of glue around the opening and placing the cotton ball on top of the glue. Our cotton balls are slightly inside the bottle opening, but most of the cotton protrudes to the outside.
- Cover the cotton ball with puffy paint and add more paint to the top of the bottle to make it look like it’s oozing out the top and overflowing down the sides of the bottle. (You can let it drip on its own or you can make your own design. We did a little of both.)
- Place the chalk label where on the bottle and add your own fun and creative names like “Ooze”, “Pumpkin Juice,” “Eye of Newt”, etc.
- If your bottle has a screw top, leave it on and spray paint it to match the bottle. Then, add the paint at the bottom of the screw top to make it look like liquid is escaping from under the cap.
And there you have it. Just a few easy steps and you now have your own DIY laboratory jars to use during your next Halloween party or to mix in with your existing Halloween decor.