Nightmare Before Christmas Jars: Worm’s Wort + Deadly Nightshade Tutorial

Nightmare Before Christmas Jars

If you ended up here by mistake, I’m picking up where I left off on my DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Jars tutorial. I recently had to split it up, due to the amount of content I needed to include. If you’re looking for the materials list and introduction, click here.

Otherwise, welcome to the tutorial for both Worm’s Wort and Deadly Nightshade!

What You’ll Do 

Worm’s Wort +  Deadly Night Shade

In this first section, I’m going to show you how to make Worm’s Wort, specifically. It is the exact same thing you’ll do for Deadly Night Shade so I’ll lump those two together.


Prepare The Jars

  • clean the glass on the outside with alcohol, or soap and water.
  • remove any price tags or labels.
  • remove the plastic piece from the under side of the lid, if applicable.
  • if using canisters, remove the metal pieces.
  • don’t forget to clean the lid, too.

Play With Clay

  • grab your clay and warm it in your hands. The warmer it gets, the easier it is to work with.
  • start with a ball about half the size of a golf ball and stick it to the top of the jar’s lid.
  • smooth it out and wrap the edges of clay under the lip of the lid.
  • it should look something like this:


Smooth Operator

  • smooth out the top as much as you’d like.
  • the bottom will look a little rough, but don’t fret! We’re about to trim it.


Snip Snip

Take your sharpest clay tool, a knife or a razor blade and trip the clay on the bottom of the lid. We’re done with the lid for now.


The Main Squeeze

  • measure the circumference of your jar.
  • lay out of strip of clay the length and width of the jar.
  • you’ll need to smooth it out with a rolling pin if you’ve got one!


  • wrap your strip around the body of the jar as shown.
  • the edge of the clay needs to be pulled up over the lip of the jar.
  • after it’s over the lip, grab your sharpest clay tool and clean it up so that it goes over the edge, but it doesn’t get in the way of the lid when closed.
  • flip the jar upside down and fold the excess over the bottom of the jar.

Snip Snip 2.0

Grab your sharpest clay tool, knife or razor blade and trim the bottom of the jar just as we did on the lid. Trim anything you may need to on the top lip of the jar, too!


More Snip Snip At The Seam

  • next is removing the overlapped clay that’s on the seam of the jar.
  • I lifted it up and trimmed it with my sharp tool.
  • after cutting, rub the seam with your fingers until it disappears.
  • you should now have a blank clay jar!



The Carving Of The Label And Decoration

  • let’s draw an oval on the jar, as pictured.
  • next, we’ll add the scrolls on the top and the bottom.
  • last but certainly not least, let’s add the wording.


The Lettering: Worm’s Wort and Deadly Nightshade

In the movie and on the official Nightmare Before Christmas jars, the jar says Worm’s Wort with an O. I decided to go with Worm’s Wart with an A because thinking of worms with warts give me the heebiejeebies. I love heebiejeebies.


Gettin’ Baked

After you get your shape and design situated, it’s time to pop it in the oven so that the clay hardens. I hope you remembered to remove all plastics!  I put it in my oven for 20 minutes at 275 F (135 C). Please read the instructions on your clay’s packaging.

Once it’s done baking, let it cool completely. Once you take it out of the oven it’s a bit soft but will harden as it cools.

Shades Of Gray

You can see the finish line on this jar! I mixed my paint using black and white acrylic paint.

The Colors You’ll Need:

  • dark gray
  • medium gray
  • light gray

Gettin’ Painted – Easy as 1, 2, 3!

Dark Gray:


  • paint the entire outside of the jar (lid, and body) with the darker gray using a stiff brush and let it dry.
  • ensure that the paint gets into every nook and cranny.

Medium Gray:

Light Gray

  • again using a light hand, apply the lightest shade of gray inside your oval with the scrolls and lettering.
  • don’t press the brush into the nooks and crannies!IMG_9611


It’s A Done Deal

That’s it for the Nightmare Before Christmas Worm’s Wort and Deadly Nightshade technique! After the paint tries, give the whole jar a spray of a clear acrylic paint if desired.

What’s Next: Frog’s Breath

There’s nothing more suspicious than frog’s breath!