Halloween 2017 – Mason Jar – Bat

This project is probably the easiest sort of thing I ever make. It is a great project to make with kids. In my case I needed to make 22 table decorations for my niece’s work party and doing up these mason jars has pretty good impact and the jars are reuseable the next year. Use a battery-powered tealight inside to illuminate the design in jar. (I don’t have any at the moment so I sat it by a lamp to photograph.)

The jars are just the BALL ONE PINT CLEAR-SIDED ones that you buy as a case (12 for around $8). The clear-sided ones allow more of the interior design to be seen. I print some scary designs on transparencies (2 per sheet) and then cut them down to 3″  tall by 8 3/4″ long.  Slightly roll this up and drop down into jar. Unroll. Then cut pieces of green tissue paper 4 1/2″ tall and 8″  long. Slightly roll up and drop into jar. Slightly unroll, being careful not to unroll too much. I like for the color to go up under the edge of the rim.

For the bat on top cut a bat out of shirt cardboard or use this picture as a stencil. Use your stencil to cut a bat out of black foam; don’t forget the slit.
Next, take a long black pipe cleaner, somewhat fold in half around your finger and then bend for bat feet. Run the other ends up through the slit and bend at right angles out to sides about 1 1/2″ from ends. Hot glue the ends to the back of the bat. Now you can bend the wings up.

Glue two rhinestones or red jewels to the front for the eyes.
To finish, hot glue his feet to the top of the jar and add some kind of ribbon to the edge of the jar lid, being careful not to glue the lid to the jar so you can still get inside to place light. I think this will work well on the tables!