For this past Halloween, my art collective helped to decorate for a Halloween party. It was my duty to make, among other cool things, specimen jars. I had glass jars filled with all kinds of stuff, like a weird neon glowing monster (made from a child's squid toy turned inside out) and food coloring; a headless deformed fetus (made from a squishy rhino toy I cut the head off and painted a flesh tone) floating in water with a little coffee in it to make it murky; a jar filled with reddish black liquid and spaghetti to look like worms; a plastic rat in a jar; and these three beauties I decided to keep on my mantel all year long!
For the Death Moths I painted silk butterflies on wire to look like death moths and positioned them so, gluing the wire in place on a circular piece of cardboard and covered it with reindeer moss. I then had a broken stem wineglass I was keeping to make a terrarium out of, and used that to cover the moths. This i also hot glued to the cardboard bottom.
For he Praying Mantis i took a plastic toy and painted it, hot glued it ono a stick but it inside a upside down jelly jar and threw some moss in the bottom.