Picture of head in a jar prank

Hungry? Scare those fridge-bound famished food foragers with a head in a jar!

Using a photo editor, two pictures are blended together to create flat image of a head, which is then laminated and submerged in a jar. When the flattened image in inserted into the curved jar, along with the distortion from the water, gives the illusion of a decapitated head in a jar of preserving fluid.

Here's what you need to make your own:

Making your own head in a jar is easy, but requires some photo editing skills. I've included a tutorial on how I made mine, and took me about 30 minutes to compose. Personalizing this prank will make it more effective. But, if you're not a pro with photo editing, you can download my flattened head image below.

Step 1: Take photos + import

Picture of Take photos + import

To make the head printout you'll need 2 pictures of a head, a profile and a portrait. With the camera at eye-level, take a picture straight on and one from the side. Ensure your subject is well lit. Also, ask them to make a face.

Next we'll import these images into a photo editing suite. Since the final output will be on a standard A4 / 8.5" x 11" printer paper, start by opening your photo editing software and opening a new document set to your printer paper size. Then, import the profile and portrait pictures of your subject onto new layers and resize them to fit your workspace. We'll resize them again after merging the faces together.

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I wonder if I should stick a pair of... balls in it? ^^

jtmcdole1 year ago

What about having a jar in a jar so the print is protected from the water?

He said to laminate the print first.

Which doesn't render jtmcdole's question invalid.

But does render it irrelevant. It is of course possible, but would necessitate unrequired effort and the result would be sub par.

"unrequired" == "optional" effort if one doesn't have or care for laminating. You also have no standing to sugest it would generate sub-par results.

Keeping to being "positive and constructive", look at in analytically: A jar has a much smaller mouth than a body. Wide-mouth jars will have a same-size or larger mouth than the base. To fit a jar in a jar, you must make the inner jar smaller than the outer jar...that's just physics. Thus, your "head" image will be smaller than a single jar alone. Further, you will be able to see both the inner jar and it's lid, breaking the illusion. Result: tiny head, in a jar, in a jar. Not a head-in-a-jar. Some of us have goofed around and have observed the real-world...which gives us some standing. Instead of whining about other commenters having no standing...just do it your way and post a picture. Not a proof, but a data point showing full-, partial-, or no success. Have fun with it.

Lol you guys are like having a buisness scientist argument thing

Just saw your question but I do know this - trapped air, whether in a bottle inside a bottle or jar will look almost like a mirror. Hence, it will look as though you set a mirrored jar inside the jar.

The thing that pulls this off, is the refraction of the water to air (well water to glass to air) if you put an air filled jar inside the jar, it would just look like a piece of paper in a jar in a jar :) laminators are dirt cheap if you don't have one, and the thing that makes the lamination work, is that there's no air between the plastic and paper.

LotharL2 months ago

Thank you for the brilliant tutorial, my daughter and I decided to take it to a different level...


mikeasaurus (author)  mike_said_what6 months ago

Ha! This is the best version I've seen yet. Very clever, thanks for sharing such a fun video. Enjoy the Pro membership!

Hi, thank you so much! We are both gonna have a lot of fun with that. How do I upgrade or does it happen automatically

rabeatz made it!9 months ago

Worked pretty well for a headless man costume! People kept stopping to take pictures.


This is really cool! Great idea :)

mikeasaurus (author)  rabeatz9 months ago

Great stuff! Love that eerie glow.

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PatrickBishop5 months ago


LexiM6 months ago

That is awesome

oh Gruesome!

Snellingkorey7 months ago

How freaky is this! that man looks like me! great job though!

kevinPlayTime made it!9 months ago

Here is a couple pictures from pre-Halloween night of my head in a jar. I put it on the "floating table" next to where I was handing out candy.

Floating table?

I made a table top from scrape wood and held it up with a single black post. The post inner layer is a pipe that is buried into the ground to provide the structure and the outer layer is to directs fog up to the table top and falls out around the edges. It looks good in the dark.

mikeasaurus (author)  kevinPlayTime9 months ago

Yikes, that looks good on the table.

Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the 3-month Pro Membership!

Titera made it!10 months ago

Thanks, Mike! This was an awesome project for me and my daughter. This is what my wife will see when she gets home today (see photos). Thanks again!

Sierra in a Jar - Patio.jpgSierra in a Jar - Fridge.jpg
wliqun Titera7 months ago

You should film your wife's reaction, and upload it to http://www.iprank.tv. A lot of people will like this.

Titera wliqun7 months ago
Unfortunately, it happened back on Halloween and I didn't have my video camera ready. Here's to next year! :)
twighahn Titera8 months ago
When your wife asks where the kid is, say last time I saw him he was in the frig
Titera twighahn8 months ago
Good one! She did freak out when she opened the fridge on Halloween and saw the jar. It was classic. :)
twighahn Titera8 months ago
When your wife asks where the kid is, say last time I saw him he was in the frig
mikeasaurus (author)  Titera10 months ago

This looks so good, both in and out of the fridge!
I hope your wife is spooked when she comes home. I'd love to see pictures of the reaction if you can get them.

Enjoy the 3-month Pro Membership!

Hi, Mike!

She was certainly spooked. In fact, she said loudly, "That's Creepy!". Unfortunately, I didn't have the camera in my hand to get her reaction. Thanks again for the great project, Mike!



twighahn8 months ago
Clear Polymer would work and then you hide stuff
engrob made it!8 months ago

Great idea! I made it for this past halloween and it came out great. I wish I had used a slightly smaller jar, mine was just a little too big but it managed to pass. Next years will be perfect! :)

Thanks again for sharing.

mikeasaurus (author)  engrob8 months ago

That looks great! Thanks for sharing, enjoy the 3-month Pro Membership

BenH9 made it!9 months ago

I telecommute, so was able to set up a pretty sweet background for conferences. Canned the whole family and used them at various Halloween events throughout the day. Was also able to coordinate with a co-worker to get my head into the office.

This was a fantastic idea and made my Halloween! Thanks!

mikeasaurus (author)  BenH99 months ago

Ha, great idea for a conference backdrop. The axe is a nice touch!

Thanks for sharing your version. Enjoy the 3-month Pro Membership.

Silverscrier9 months ago
We used this for our new ep cover!!! Thank you! Www.facebook.com/zombiejesusuk
mikeasaurus (author)  Silverscrier9 months ago

Wow, that's awesome! Thanks for sharing.
Good luck with your album, I'm listening to it right now.

Enjoy the 3-month Pro. Stay awesome!

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