DIY Sweet and Spooky Jars

DIY Sweet and Spooky Jars

I want to start out by telling you that I am typically NOT a crafty person. If I’m able to make these cute little guys by myself (with a some help from the boys) then you can too! Another bonus to this project was that it only cost me $1!!! I already had everything that I needed except for the candy corns.

What you will need:

3 Clean baby food Jars – if you don’t have baby food jars these would work perfectly! Nakpunar 3 pcs, 8 oz Round Glass Jars for Jam, Honey, Wedding Favors, Shower Favors, Baby Foods, Canning, spices

Black Self Adhesive Vinyl – (you get a ton of different colors and they’re super easy to cut) Angel Crafts 6″ x 12″ Self Adhesive Vinyl Sheets (35 PACK) – BEST Permanent Assorted Vinyl for Cricut, Silhouette Cameo, Craft Cutters, Printers, Letters, Wall Decoration, Decals, and More!

Exacto Knife X-ACTO Z Series #1 Knife with Cap (XZ3601)

Paint Brush Tin Handle Brushes 6/Pkg-1/2″

Black Acrylic Paint DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint, 2-Ounce, Black Green

Mod Podge Mod Podge CS11240 Starter Pack, 2-Ounce Bottles

Candy Corns (1 – 8oz bag from the Dollar Store filled all 3 baby food jars)

The letters B O O printed in the font Impact (I used size 150 for these jars)

2 paperclips

Sweet and Spooky Jars


First, place the letters that you printed on the vinyl and secure them with 2 paperclips. When you’re cutting them out of the printer paper you want to make sure that you leave enough room for the paperclips to hold them on the vinyl without getting in your way.

How to cut letters out of Vinyl without a cricut machine

Next, you want to cut the letters out of the vinyl using an exacto knife. You could also use small scissors, but the exacto knife is easier to cut the inside of the letters out. As you can see, mine are not perfect, but it didn’t bother me, it’s for Halloween, they can look a little “scary”

How to cut out letters on self-adhesive vinyl without using a cricut machine

Then, you want to place the letters on the jars. It’s just like putting a sticker on. There is seam that runs vertically down the jar, I just lined my letters up with that to make sure that they were as straight as possible.

Placing letters on the jars

Now, the kiddos are able to help if you’d like them to! I had the boys paint the lids for me… well, kind of. I went back over their work once it was dry because there was still aluminum showing. 2 layers was perfect! And if you’re as lucky as I am, another project will fall into place while they’re painting. 😉

Painting the lids

It’s time to add the candy corns! I tried to turn this into an educational activity, mainly for our 2 year old, but our 8 year old was counting as he was adding them in also. I’m so proud of myself… I was able to get away with each of them only snagging 1 piece… and they asked first!!! Mommy Score!!

Adding candy corns to the jar

Once your lids are dry, you will put one layer of Mod Podge on each lid to keep the paint from flaking.

DIY Sweet and Spooky Jars

It’s as easy as that! I hope that you have fun creating your own Sweet and Spooky Jars!


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