Last October I saw this great tutorial for a DIY Hitchhiking Ghosts Mason Jar from Disney while perusing Pinterest. I thought it was a cute, inexpensive holiday craft and promised myself that I would get around to making it before Halloween. Unfortunately, Halloween came and went, and I never got around to the project. I had already committed myself to two other Halloween crafts that year, one of which was a very time-consuming advent calendar (pictured below) for Lil’ Man.
After our latest trip to Disney World, Lil’ Man declared that the Haunted Mansion was his favorite ride. I knew I had to include some elements of the ride in our Halloween decorations this year, so I decided it was time to make the Hitchhiking Ghosts Mason Jar.
Originally, I had planned to complete the craft and do a quick write-up on what worked and what didn’t, but as an aspiring YouTuber, Lil’ Man not only offered to assist me with the project, he insisted that he make his own tutorial video. He plans for this to be the first of many videos, and I think it is a great way for him to develop his public speaking skills.
UPDATE 10-10-17: Great News! My appeal to YouTube worked and Lil’ Man’s video is back up and running. 🙂
- Glass Mason Jar or Votive
- Metallic Acrylic Paint in Purple
- Foam Paint Brush
- Mixing Bowl
- Paper Plate
- Die Cutting Machine and Vinyl (optional)
- Hitchhiking Ghosts Image
- Votive Candle (I used a battery operated color-changing votive)
- I picked up a large votive at the craft store for two dollars (after coupon) instead of using a mason jar.
- Out of laziness, I opted out of making the stencil and then coloring in the image by hand. I chose to use my die cutting machine and create a vinyl sticker.
- If you desire a more even color, you might try using spray paint rather than coating the jar with the acrylic paint/water solution (see video).
While I don’t count this as a “Pinterest Fail”, I wouldn’t call it a complete success. I found the acrylic paint/water solution to be too thin. Much of the mixture dripped out of the glass as it dried, not leaving much color behind. I ended up mixing up a second batch of paint and water, but this time mixed 2 parts water and 1 part paint to create a thicker solution and recoated the votive. As a result, the paint did not coat the glass evenly.
Have you tried this project? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by!