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Jack Skellington Mason Jar Craft

This easy Jack Skellington mason jar craft is the perfect way to gear up for the fall season. Plus, because it’s based on Disney’s ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ movie, you can make it for Halloween and keep it up through Thanksgiving and Christmas too if you’d like! This easy DIY can be used in so many ways—and all you need are a few basic supplies to make it.

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The Jack Skellington mason jar is a creep-tastic craft to make with kids and can be used all over the house making it both festive and practical!

These also make a wonderful ghostly gift to friends or loved ones. Even your neighbor is going to want one of these mason jars by the time that you are done!

DIY jack skellington mason jar

Why you need to make this Jack Skellington Mason Jar

This Jack Skellington mason jar is an easy and fun craft to do if you are getting into the Halloween spirit!

Because they look so wonderfully spooky no one would ever guess that you had made them yourself. These mason jars are even a howl-tastic craft to make with your kids. Not only are they fun, but everyone can make their own customized mason jar as well.

They can be used for all kinds of things, which means that they can be appreciated after you finish them! For example, you can use them to display creepily dead roses, store your pencils and pens, or even keep your Halloween candy in them!

small jack skellington mason jar decor for halloween

How to use this Nightmare Before Christmas Jar

This Jack Skellington mason jar craft is not only fun to make and spook-tacular, you can get creative with how you use it! Unlike most crafts, this mason jar is more than just decor — it’s super handy and can serve a number of creepy purposes around the house.

Plus, you won’t have to put it away after just a few weeks of using it! Because the Nightmare Before Christmas is the inspiration for these mason jars, it’s totally acceptable to leave the mason jars out all the way through December. They qualify as both spooky Halloween decor and festive Christmas decor!

white mason jar painted like jack skellington

The mason jars can be used to display arrangements of flowers or twigs. Or, they can be used for more useful purposes like storing straws, utensils, or art supplies.

You could even use these mason jars to store change, batteries, candy, or pet treats. Just keep in mind that if you plan to use your mason jars to store food items you will need to use a food-safe modge podge.

You could also use this craft as a kind of jack-o-lantern by placing a small, battery-operated candle inside. Doing this will create a spooky glow through the painted glass no matter what color you choose!

six small painted mason jars

Tips for making this craft

If you want to make these Jack Skellington mason jars for Halloween, here are a few useful tips to help you make them look best!

  • To make painting the Jack Skellington face simpler, you can create your own stencil. Do this by printing out a picture of Jack Skellington and cutting out the prominent features. Just keep in mind that regular printer paper will quickly soak up paint and become soggy so a thicker paper will make the best stencil.
  • If you want to decrease the number of paint coats that you have to paint, buy high-quality acrylic paints. The better the brand, the thicker the paint, and the better the coverage.
  • If you are painting with children, you may want to paint the white coat the day before and draw out the stencil. By doing this, your kids can jump right into the fun part of painting Jack Skellington!
  • Make sure to seal the mason jar with a food-safe modge podge if you plan on using them to store anything edible.
  • Using a paint sponge to create the white base coat can help to create better coverage. This will also reduce any brushstrokes.
  • For Christmas-inspired Jack Skellington jars, you can include festive elements like a scarf, snowflakes, or holly berries and leaves.

How to make the Jack Skellington Mason Jar


  • 500 ml wide mouth mason jar
  • Black acrylic paint
  • White acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Mod Podge (optional)


  1. Paint the entire jar white (this can take up to three coats for good coverage).
  2. Lightly sketch features onto the jar using a pencil.
  3. Paint on Jack Skellington features with black paint (eyes, nose, and mouth).
  4. Allow the paint to dry completely.
  5. Seal with a coat of Mod Podge (optional).
  6. Fill or display jar.

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