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.
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.
And then I hand-painted the roof shingles black (using craft acrylic paint).
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!
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?
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!
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…
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…
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?
What a transformation! I can’t get over how spooky-cute it turned out.
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.