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Monster Mixes

A bewitching blend of sweet surprises will satisfy anyone's cravings for a snack -- especially when presented in these decorative jars.

Painted Tote Trio

The jars are just right to hold a generous portion, and can serve as votive candleholders once the handles are removed.

What You Need:

Fill these painted totes with Creepy Candy Mix.
  • Clear jars or glasses with a lip or threads
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors; tape
  • Glass paints in black, green, yellow, orange, purple, and white
  • Paintbrush; pencil with round-tip eraser
  • Chenille stems in black, orange, purple, and yellow

Instructions:

1. Download the free patterns. (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software.)

Monster Mixes patterns

Download Adobe Acrobat

2. Prepare jars. Wash and dry each jar or glass. Avoid touching the areas to be painted.

3. Trace/cut patterns. Trace the desired patterns onto tracing paper. Cut out the patterns slightly beyond the drawn lines. Tape each pattern inside the jar where you wish to paint the design.

4. Paint jars. Paint the cat black, the pumpkin orange, or the swirl lime green (a mixture of green and yellow). Let the paint dry. Using the photograph as a guide, paint on the details. If paints are layered, be sure to let the paint dry between coats. To add small dots, dip the handle end of a paintbrush into paint and dot onto the surface. For the larger dots, use the eraser end of a pencil.

5. Add handle. To make a handle, use two contrasting chenille stems. Align ends and twist 1 inch from the ends. Bring long ends around jar top, one in front and one in back. Continue twisting chenille stems together, keeping them tight so they hold the jar. Twist the ends together to form the handle. (Note: This project is ideal for tabletop use, and not recommended for children to carry around.)

Creepy Candy Mix

What You Need:

  • 8-ounce bag candy-coated, peanut butter-flavor pieces
  • 1 cup candy corn
  • 10-1/2-ounce bag miniature marshmallows

Instructions:

Toss the ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Makes about 7 cups.

Ooky 'n' Spooky Cups

What You Need:

Spooky cups hold lots of sweet-and-spicy popcorn.
  • Clear plastic punch cups
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil; scissors
  • Tape
  • Glass paints in black, green, yellow, and white
  • Paintbrush
  • Flat glass marbles in iridescent black and frosted clear or pale green
  • Silicone glue

Instructions:

1. Download the free pattern. (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software.)

Monster Mixes patterns

Download Adobe Acrobat

2. Prepare cups. Wash and dry the cups. Avoid touching the areas to be painted.

3. Cut/tape pattern. If painting the cat, trace the pattern onto tracing paper. Cut out slightly beyond the drawn lines. Tape the pattern to the inside of the cup where you wish to paint the design. Place it low on the cup so the weight of the eyes does not tip the cup.

4. Paint cat cup. To make the cat cup, paint the cat black. Let the paint dry. Use the photograph as a guide to paint on the nose, mouth, and whisker details. To paint the marble eyes, mix a drop of green and yellow. Paint long ovals on the front sides of two frosted marbles. Let the paint dry. Paint smaller black ovals inside of the green ones. Let the paint dry. Glue the eyes in place and let dry.

5. Make spider cup. To make the spider, glue two iridescent black marbles on the cup. Place them low enough so the cup does not tip. Let the glue dry. Paint on black legs. Let the paint dry.

Honey 'n' Spice Popcorn

What You Need:

  • 10 cups popped corn (about 1/2 cup unpopped)
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons margarine
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Instructions:

1. Prepare mix. Place popped corn and peanuts in a large roasting pan. In a small saucepan combine honey, margarine, and pumpkin pie spice. Heat and stir until margarine melts. Pour over popcorn and nuts, tossing to coat.

2. Bake mix. Bake in a 300 degree F oven for 30 minutes, stirring about every 10 minutes. Transfer to a baking sheet; cool. Makes about 10 cups.

Ghoulish Goody Jar

What You Need:

Fill this ghoulish jar with Gremlin Gorp.
  • Jar with lip
  • Glass paints in black, green, yellow, orange, and white
  • Paintbrushes
  • Pencil with round-tip eraser
  • Black and white chenille stems

Instructions:

1. Prepare/paint jar. Wash and dry the jar. Avoid touching the areas to be painted. Paint black checks around the jar as shown in the picture, creating as many rows as the jar will allow. To create a row of lime green dots around the jar top, mix together small amounts of yellow and green paints. Dip the handle end of a paintbrush into the paint and dot on the surface, just below the lip. Let dry.

2. Add dots. Paint orange dots where the checks meet, using the eraser end of a pencil. Let dry. Add a white dot to the center of each check and a lime green dot to the center of each orange dot. Let dry.

3. Make handle. For handle, align the ends of the chenille stems and twist to secure 1 inch from the ends. Bring the long ends around the jar top, one in front and one in back. Continue twisting the chenille stems together, keeping tight to hold the jar. Shape the handle and twist all ends together to secure.

Gremlin Gorp

What You Need:

  • 6-ounce bag dried apricots, snipped, for dried skin (1 cup)
  • 2 4-1/2-ounce boxes of bite-size round crackers for witches' warts
  • 6-ounce bag dried cranberries or cherries for dried drops of dragon's blood (1-2/3 cups)
  • 12-ounce jar dry-roasted peanuts for dried lizards' eyes (2-1/3 cups)

Instructions:

Toss together in mixing bowl. Store in airtight bag or container up to 3 days. Makes 9 cups.

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