Face Off: Make This Jar Vignette to Turn up Your Halloween Scare Factor

By  Kevin Heintz

By Kevin Heintz

Halloween decorating doesn’t have to be time-consuming or expensive. These preserved body parts provide lots of creepy with little effort (like my uncle Tim). Many decorations in Halloween stores can be tacky and cheap-looking. However, our vignette is spooky while also retaining class. Arranged on a candlelit table, this project will create a perfectly gruesome scene for your home.  


For this project, you’ll need:


-A simple plastic mask

-A glass canister 

-A tea bag

-Indoor/Outdoor spray paint

-Scissors or craft knife


Step 1: Fill the jar ¾ full with water. Then prepare a hot cup of tea. We used English Breakfast tea for a putrid brown-amber color, but various hues can be achieved with various teas. Add the cup of tea to the ¾ full jar of water and stir.

Step 1

Step 1

Step 2: Customize your mask to up the scare factor. Using scissors to create tears in the borders of the face, mouth, and eyes makes, I made it look as if the face was ripped off a corpse. I also chose to widen the mouth for added creepiness. Lastly, paint the mask: a dark color, like black, imitates rotten flesh. Indoor/Outdoor spray paint allows the paint to stay adhered while in the water. 

Step 2

Step 2

Step 3: Immerse the mask in the jar. The plastic mask sits on the bottom beautifully, but you may choose to glue on some washers (as weight) to the bottom of the mask before immersing. 

Step 3

Step 3

Backlit with a tea candle, the creepiness of the face really comes out. We complemented our face with a preserved hand. The two members appear is if they are of the same body. Surround your jars with accoutrements, allowing them to be lit merely by candlelight. Placing the vignette within view from a front window is sure to scare guests and trick-or-treaters this season.