Before the girls arrive for a night of creepy creativity, I thought it would be a good idea to have a trial run. So, first of all, here is another look at my model right out of the October issue of Country Living Magazine:
I tried out a "Spider Jar" using a clear glass bottle with a clear glass stopper. This is the perfect jar for this project and it came from Goodwill for only $1.99. This jar is about 12" tall and 5" wide.
I want to try doing this project two ways - painting the inside for one piece, and the outside of another. Tonight I'm working on one that is clear glass, so it will be painted on the inside. It's a perfect jar for this because the stopper is partially hollow. If it was solid glass you''d have nowhere to put the paint but on the outside. Remember to check for that when you're out looking. I've often thought that a certain cake plate or candy jar would be good, but the stem would never get any "inside" paint.
So I put several tablespoons of white acrylic paint in the jar, added about the same amount of water, and blended it all with a long brush. Then, I rolled the jar around in my hand to cover the whole inside. You may need two coats depending on how much water you use. I think one coat will do for mine.
Then, do the same thing with the stopper. Any paint that gets on the outside of the stopper or jar can be washed off after it dries.
Then for the spider graphic! I got this great taratula off the Graphics Fairy here,
I sent it to the printer after decreasing the size a bit. As you can see above, 100% it was WAY too big - it filled the page and my jar isn't that big.
But, 60% was just right.
Then, cut it out as close to the hairy legs as possible, since you don't want too much of the white printer paper to be showing.
Ideally, none would show, but good luck with that! Then I attached the spider to the jar using an Elmers Glue Stick.
So, after spraying with gloss polyurethane, it goes under a cloche for now. I'll wait until the inside is completely dry to put the lid on.