DIY Halloween Decorations Specimen Jars

by Tonya Staab
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These DIY Halloween decorations specimen jars take just minutes to make but are perfect for your Halloween mantel or to decorate your home.

Over the years I’ve collected a lot of small Halloween decor like spiders and bugs. If you already have enough decorating your home and front porch, you can make specimen jars with them.

Jars with colored liquid, bugs and shrunken heads to make Halloween specimen jars for Halloween decorating.
Halloween specimen jars filled with bugs and shrunken heads.

DIY Halloween decorations specimen jars

These specimen jars take just a couple of minutes to make. 


  • jars
  • water
  • food color
  • bugs or body parts


  1. Fill 3/4 of the jar with tap water. 
  2. Add a couple of drops of food color.
  3. Put your ‘specimen’ inside and close the lid.

I’ve made another version of these Halloween specimen jars for the Party City website if you want to dress your jars up for Halloween too.

Halloween specimen jars
DIY Halloween decorations specimen jars

Items you can put in Halloween specimen jars

  • Shrunken heads
  • Bugs, spiders, bats, rats, and snakes
  • Eyeballs
  • Body parts including bones, hearts, brains, and hands

You can find most of these items at your local party, craft, or big box store where Halloween decorations are sold.

Looking for more DIY Halloween decorations you can make for your home or party? Take a look at these:

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Shannon October 29, 2008 - 5:00 pm

So flippin’ cool! And the pumpkin-cat too! This website looks great too by the way, I think it has changed again since the last time I looked! Great job!!

Melissa November 2, 2008 - 4:00 pm

Eeeeew! 🙂

Sharlene November 7, 2008 - 4:00 pm

So easy! Gonna have to use this one next year

Brandi March 9, 2012 - 9:47 pm

It would be fun to make these with Jello instead of the water and food coloring

Tonya Staab March 10, 2012 - 6:32 am

oh definitely, kids would love it.

jamie March 20, 2012 - 11:29 am

Made this for my son’s Zombie Themed Birday Party (he’s 9) I used jello, gummy mice, rats, and worms….Adults not so thrilled about trying them….15 8&9 year old boys couldn’t get enough…Thanks for the great idea


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