Halloween Countdown

Time for a new challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges and I can’t believe that a fortnight has gone by as it doesn’t seem two minutes ago since I was heralding the previous challenge. Before I show you today’s project I just want to remind you that the Crafty Boots DT call is still open and we’d love to hear from you. We welcome applications from all crafters and this would be a particularly good team to join if you are finding your feet in the crafty blogging world and would like to get some experience. Don’t be shy, come join us.

Our theme for the next fortnight is Halloween/Autumn and I am sharing some Halloween countdown jars that I made for my nephews, Freddie and Henry:



They get very excited about Halloween so I thought I would help them count the days until it gets here. There are 31 sweets in the jar – one for each day. I used plastic jars as I thought these would be easier to send through the post. The pumpkins, which I picked up on Ebay, are papier mache. I painted them with acrylic paints and added details with Promarkers and a white gel pen. I used a great tutorial that I found over at The Vintage Dresser as a starting point.




I made a ruffle from some black crepe paper and used glue gel to secure the pumpkin on top before adding a bow, a stamped tag and some glittery stars.


The labels were created in Word using simple shapes, text boxes and clip art.


Now despite Mr B giving gloom and doom prophecies about how much these would cost to post they were a snip and, impressively, arrived the next day and in one piece! Although I think they now weigh a little less than when they arrived!!!

F & H pumpkins

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Make sure you buzz over to Crafty Boots and see what the rest of the DT have been up to and I hope you’ll link up your Halloween/Autumn projects as well as considering joining our DT.

Thanks for buzzing by.



Halloween Countdown — 8 Comments

  1. What a great idea, I love the notion of a countdown jar and you could adapt it for any occasion. Your jars are brilliant, I love the labels, your computer skills are so good ……. I wish I were this good.

    The pumpkins are great and I love the little faces you have created. I have just one wish, I would have liked to see a little more of the content. From the glimpses I get they seem very appropriate, I think I can see a skull and chocolate pumpkins.

    Henry and Freddie look very happy with the gifts and I suspect that half of the skulls and chocolate pumpkins are gone now.

    Have a great week.

    Dionne xxx

    • Thank you. There are pumpkin and ghost marshmallows, filled jelly skulls (M & S) and jelly pumpkins (M & S) plus foil covered chocolate pumpkins (also M & S). I have a huge number of marshmallows leftover 🙂 With the labels I haven’t quite worked out how to make it so that you can edit the names and resize if needed (you can do one or the other but not both!!!) If you would like me to send you them you can have a play or I will edit the correct names if you wish. xx

  2. Lisette, this jars are lovely, and your nephews are cute! The idea of countdown jar is top, and the pumpkins, yeah here we go with the pumpkins, I knew that some honey will come handy 🙂 seriously loved also the labels, the letter type is so perfect for Halloween!

    • Thank you. I think I downloaded that font from Da Font. I have a mega bag of leftover marshmallows leftover too so good news for me 🙂

  3. Wow, these are so adorable, and so are those nephews of yours!! How much cuter could you get?!! I bet they just love their Halloween countdown treats; what a fabulous idea and so well done! Can I be your long-lost sister (thought I was crossing the Channel, but went the wrong way and ended up in the colonies instead) who loves Halloween so I can get one, too? Really, Lisette, these are FANTASTIC!!

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