Scary Halloween Label Craft Project

Setting A Halloween tablescape just wouldn’t be complete with out some jars of scary condiments. Whether your having a Halloween party buffet or scary dinner party these labels are perfect to add a fun detail to your jars. These labels are prefect for decorating jars for Halloween. You can make labels for “Witch’s Eyes,” “Frog Warts,” and more. You want your labels to look old and scary, so with a little time and effort you can easily make these labels for less than $5.

What You Will Need To Make Scary Halloween Jar Labels:

White Peel and Stick Labels
Tea Bags/Coffee or Brown Water Color Paint
Cup of Water
Paint Brush
Lighter
Water Proof Calligraphy Pen

Buy a variety of sized labels or use existing labels you already have. Those white labels you can print on the computer are also perfect.

The first step is to decide what scary ingredients you want to list on your labels. Here are some name suggestions as well as ingredient suggestions:

Witch’s Hazel (Mustard)
Eye of Newt (Olives)
Frog’s Goo (Green Ketchup)
Witch’s Blood (Ketchup or Hot Sauce)
Albino’s Eye Goo (Mayonnaise)
Bat eyeballs (Candy eyeball gum)
Spider legs (Shoe String Black Liquorish)

Try to think of what condiments you will have out on your Halloween party table.

Now, to get started on your label craft project use your waterproof calligraphy pen to write out your labels. Let this ink dry overnight if at all possible before you move onto the next steps. If you are in a major hurry you could put your labels in front of a fan for a while to help them really dry. If your ink is not complete dry it might run when you start aging the labels. You might like that look though!

You have quite a few different ways you can age your labels:

1. Take a tea bag and dampen it in some water. Rub the tea bag over the paper labels. It will leave brown color and residue that instantly ages the label. Let these sit and dry. Apply as many coats as you want to age them.

2. Take your pot of left over coffee and pour some into a cup. Dip a paintbrush in the coffee and start painting over your scary condiment labels. You can let this dry as well and add many coats to get a really dark color. Rub coffee grounds on for a dirt effect.

3. Use brown watercolor paint to antique your labels. Dilute the watercolor paint with a little water. Rub it over the label with the paintbrush. Wipe away any excess with a paper towel. You can also dip your paintbrush in this watercolor and flick your paintbrush at the label to create a splatter look.

Now that you have some aged brown color on your Halloween craft project you need to really make them look old. I like to crumple up my labels. Completely ball them up in your hands and then flatten them back out. You can do this step before you paint if you would like. You might find that some of the paint really sticks into the bent areas of the label.

Now, take your lighter or match and slowly burn the edges of your label. Do this over the sink or outside so you don’t smell up your house. Don’t let the entire label burn, just the edges, then blow the flame out.

Once you are satisfied with the aging process on your Halloween condiment jar labels, then peel them off of their back and stick them on the jars.

I like to save empty condiment jars all year long. There are so many crafts you can make with them. I have countless pick and spaghetti jars under my sink crying out to be made into an interesting craft project. Once Halloween rolls around I am ready to go. This keeps costs down when I do get around to making something!

This project would also be a fun way to create Halloween inspired nametags. Perfect for an office party!

If you use leftover coffee or tea bags you can do this Halloween craft project almost completely for free. If you have some adhesive spray or even a glue stick you could even make the labels out of brown paper bags cut down to label size. Follow the instructions as usually and apply with you glue stick or adhesive spray. Then the craft project would be completely for free! You can save your money for some more Halloween candy!

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