Make Creepy Specimens Jars for Halloween

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Crocodile brains, fish eyes, bat bones. . .what’s a creepy laboratory without spooky specimens? Check out these gruesome jars and make some for your own mad lab—if you have the guts!

by Michele Reyzer; photo by Mark Godfrey

What You Need

  • clear, empty glass or plastic jars with lids
  • craft paint
  • creepy labels
  • items to fill jars (See suggestions below.)

What You Do

  1. Gather a collection of clear, empty glass or plastic jars with lids. Remove all product labels from the jars.
  2. Fill the jars. You can create your own petrifying potions or copy our ideas.
  3. Paint the jar lids different colors.
  4. Glue on new labels. Design your own or print the labels shown here.

    Crocodile Brains = painted walnuts
    Fish Eyes = small rubber balls
    Bat Bones = cotton swabs
    Bullfrog Blood = water dyed with red food coloring
    Werewolf Fur = brown craft pom-poms
    Rat Intestines = cooked spaghetti
    Bone Dust = salt or sugar
    Venom = water dyed with yellow food coloring


Spooky Specimen Jars photo by Mark Godfrey
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