From “Cutesy” to Spooky: Thrifted Cookie Jar Halloween Revamp

From “Cutesy” to Spooky: Thrifted Cookie Jar Halloween Revamp

Hopefully you aren’t sick of Halloween projects yet! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…upcycling and Halloween are a match made in crafting heaven, which is why I keep bringing you more and more projects on the blog!

And this one is no exception. It started out with a trip to Goodwill (how typical of me) and a casual stroll through housewares. I wasn’t hunting for anything in particular, and when I came across this chipped, cracked country cottage cookie jar, I was intrigued (because it was an unusual item) but not inspired.

country cottage cookie jar at the thrift store for upcycling by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A little chipped, a little cracked…

I wasn’t even sure what I would do with it, until I passed by a Scooby Doo haunted house t-shirt on one of the clothing racks.

Why not turn it into a haunted house?? So I scrambled back to housewares- hurray! The cookie jar was still on the shelf- and I got in line to pay.

And then the challenge of “How should I spookify this?” began… This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

A Cookie Jar Makeover

First things first, I needed to spray paint it grey.

country cottage cookie jar at the thrift store for upcycling by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Getting ready for the grey…

country cottage cookie jar at the thrift store for upcycling by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

…and just like that, all those chips and cracks disappeared.

And then I hand-painted the roof shingles black (using craft acrylic paint).

country cottage cookie jar at the thrift store for upcycling by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Easy-peasy paint job.

To add contrast/mortar to the bricks, I used a bamboo skewer (in my Top Ten list of “favorite weird crafting tools”) to drag hints of black paint in between each one. It wasn’t nearly as tedious as it sounds!

country cottage cookie jar at the thrift store for upcycling by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Looking good…

country cottage cookie jar at the thrift store for upcycling by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da!! Love those bricks.

I continued on my hand-painting journey by then painting the windows black, with eerie fire-glow yellow-orange panes. Haunted houses always have a fire burning inside, don’t they?

country cottage cookie jar at the thrift store for upcycling by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Getting spooky with each step…

I wasn’t 100% done with painting, but I took a break to deal with the little country cottage people- the girl in the doorway and the boy in the upstairs window.

These folks posed a challenge. Could I just paint them as spooky characters? No, that wouldn’t suffice. What about using modeling clay over them? Close, but modeling clay never hardens. And oven-dry clay wasn’t an option either.

A mix of Google research and a craft store yielded the solution- behold the magic of air-dry clay!

country cottage cookie jar at the thrift store for upcycling by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A-ha! This just might be the ticket…

Now, I haven’t worked with clay since elementary school art class! But this stuff was easy to use, forgiving, and really quite perfect for the job.

First, I covered the doorway girl in the shape of a ghost…

country cottage cookie jar at the thrift store for upcycling by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Just ignore the sunhat shape above the ghost…

Then, I created little shutters (which I painted the same purple as the curtains in the front windows) and glued them to the corners of the large side windows…

country cottage cookie jar at the thrift store for upcycling by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

More air-dry clay goodness

Sadie Seasongoods - Repurposing a thrifted cookie jar into a haunted house for Halloween / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Rickety shutters on my haunted house!

The Big Reveal

And lastly, a little jack-o-lantern (also painted) over the boy in the upstairs window! Doesn’t even look like the same cookie jar, does it?

Sadie Seasongoods - Repurposing a thrifted cookie jar into a haunted house for Halloween / www.sadieseasongoods.com

OMG- look at that!

What a transformation! I can’t get over how spooky-cute it turned out.

Sadie Seasongoods - Repurposing a thrifted cookie jar into a haunted house for Halloween / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Before and After- BOO!

The best part is that the price tag at the thrift store told me that this little cookie jar had been there for several weeks…which is unusual! I’m so happy to have revitalized it for Halloween- and it now has a starring role in my Halloween mantel display.

Craft on!

S



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Sadie Seasongoods - country cottage cookie jar from thrift store upcycle repurpose to look like a creepy spooky haunted house for Halloween

Comments

  1. I just recently discovered your blog and am amazed at what you come up with to repurpose an item. I look forward to seeing what you do next.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you so much, Mary Ann- I can’t tell you how much that means to me. I need kind words like that for encouragement! 🙂

  2. Very cute transformation! 🙂

  3. That is toooo cute…will have to keep my eye out for one….Great Job!

  4. Wow. This is an awesome transformation. Love how you made it into a Haunted House. Thanks for sharing at Friday Favorites. You will be my pick for one of the features to week. Sharing and Pinning. Hope to see you again this Friday. Have a wonderful week!

  5. Tooo funny & cute & I have this exact same cookie jar! I feel a transformation coming on!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      And you’re not mad at me for revamping it?? I was worried that someone who has (and loves) that cookie jar might be horrified…even though I found mine at Goodwill! 😉

  6. You are soooo creative. Not in a million years would I have thought to do something like this. Turned out awesome.

  7. Love this idea!!

  8. It never ceases to amaze me just how creative you are. I never would have been able to envision this transformation myself, but it is absolutely adorable!

  9. Oh. Em. Gee. That is THE COOLEST! Can’t believe you turned around that dreadful cookie jar. Really inspiring, thanks for the great post, Sarah!

  10. I am amazed that you turned that old cookie jar into this great Halloween jar! What a great upcycle! Very impressive. Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

  11. I have to say simply amazing! WOW you did a great job and have now inspired me to redo something thrifty! YAY Your awesome!

  12. Jann Olson says:

    Such a wonderful transformation Sarah. I love the cute ghost, pumpkin, and shutters! I have a friend that uses that clay to make the cutest pumpkin and snowmen heads and attaches them to vintage tins. .

  13. This is an amazing transformation! How wonderfully clever!

  14. Well done! So cute!

  15. oh my gooood..it looks fantastic! I just found your blog through OMHGWW and love it. Brilliant idea and I love to see all the details for halloween :). Cheers..

  16. You created such an adorable cookie jar transformation. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm hope to see you back this week.

  17. This is so adorable! 🙂

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  18. Okay that is very impressive Sarah. Thanks for sharing with us again at #ThrowbackThursday.

  19. You are such a creative genius! I wouldn’t have looked at that cookie jar twice, if I even noticed it at all. Pinned and shared on Facebook. Thank you for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

  20. Christine B. says:

    WOW, this is incredible, and so creative!! You always come up with the best stuff, I tell ya. 😉 You’re my featured pick at this week’s Merry Monday! Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

  21. You have officially blown my mind! What an amazing transformation! I’m featuring your makeover tomorrow night at our Best of the Weekend Party! Thanks so much for linking up with us.

  22. Super cute–er spooky! 😉 I loved that you had such a fun vision with that upcycle, it turned out fantastic!

  23. Very cute indeed Sarah! Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frou-Frou. Love, Mimi xxx

  24. Wow, Sadie this is awesome 🙂 I am so happy you shared at Snickerdoodle, this is definitely one of my favorites!
    Have an awesome weekend 🙂
    Joanita

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Awww, thank you!!! I know it’s our own link party, but I think we can share our projects here, too, right? 😀

  25. Wow – what a great way to repurpose! It’s just darling. I love your t-shirt inspiration story, too. Thanks for sharing this on Throwback Thursday!

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