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

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.


<p>I work in an Anatomy lab - this was a sure fire hit this morning</p><p>The photoshop job turned out better than expected. One things for sure - I will be using a far bigger jar next time.</p><p>Great stuff!</p>
<p>Oh, and here is my face wrap around picture, in case anyone is interested.</p>
<p>thank you!!</p>
<p>Your face is perfect, thanks for sharing the pictures and your version for others to use, too!</p>
<p>Made this last year and doing again this year. A crowd favorite! Jar is from the Container Store; it's perfect.</p>
<p>Your dead-face is just perfect! Would you be willing to share it? I'd LOVE to have your head in my fridge this halloween ;)</p>
<p>You have an excellent dead-face :)</p><p>Thanks for sharing a picture of your head in a jar, enjoy the Pro Membership!</p>
<p>These are two examples of what I did. One dead pan expression, one with a grimace (which I gave to my daughter (My daddy wasn't as enthusiastic as I was,,,But he came around. He loves his daughter!)). I put the dead pan pose in the fridge at work. Was asked to take it out because it was freaking some people out. (It worked!!)</p><p>in fridge at work</p>
<p>The communal fridge at work is the best! Thanks for sharing your pictures</p>
<p>Excellent easy follow instructions, be sure that the jar can fit the 8.5 sheet</p>
I did a quick and simple (not to scale) version using the PiscArt smartphone app for Android. Three mean-face selfies on a white background, blend pics, trim with scissors, place in a gallon size Ziploc bag, add water.
<p>How did you do it on picsart please, I've downloaded it but cant figure out how to blend it like you did, thanks Lisa</p>
It's been a while but I think there's a feature called &quot;add a picture&quot; from there you can adjust the transparency where the pictures intersect.
<p>cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooolllllllllllll </p>
<p>Even with simple apps the effect is still good! I hope you scared some folks with your head inside the fridge :)</p><p>Thanks for sharing pictures, enjoy the Pro Membership!</p>
<p>ahahaha. super super great idea for Hallloween!</p>
<p>hell yeh!</p>
<p>I just put it in the fridge, eeeeee! Cant wait for the chef to come cook lunch, HA!</p>
I've been planning to do this for.a long time and finaly got to it before the jewish festival of purim ?. I used contact paper to protect the photo but had no way to seal it, so now I have mold growing over my face...
<p>I actually prefer it with the water damage to the photo, it looks authentic!</p><p>Thanks for sharing a picture of your version of head in a jar, enjoy the Pro Membership.</p>
<p>Ola boa</p>
<p>Fun, will refine it, still offering Pro?</p>
<p>Ha, looking good. </p><p>Thanks for sharing a picture, enjoy the Pro Membership!</p>
<p>Oh my gosh now I have a great idea for next Halloween! Bookmarked!</p>
<p>Thanks for the gift mikeasaurus, sadly I'm not up to putting a light under water just yet. But with the help of the Instructables community I'm confident that will change. As the Supervising SGT. I did the read-out with the jar on the lecturn to the amusement of the nightshift. Sadly, due to a strict media policy i can't post any pictures of us in uniform.</p><p>thanks again mikeasaurus.</p>
<p>I had this on my desk at work over Halloween. It freaked the cleaners out so much I had to put it away. It's making a guest appearance for Friday the 13th, November. I don't think having a bald head works as well, but hair on my head just isn't going to be happening.</p>
<p>Looks amazing! And, is that a light inside, or just ambient glow?</p><p>I wouldn't sweat the details about hair, people see the big idea first and that's usually enough. Glad it worked out for you, hope you can scare someone again today!</p><p>Thanks for sharing your picture here, enjoy the Pro Membership!</p>
<p>these always make me <strong>sick</strong> ~ that's why i LOVE them!! <strong>x^)</strong></p>
<p>That is to cool</p>
<p>Worked pretty well for a headless man costume! People kept stopping to take pictures.</p>
<p>How do you get that backlit eerie glow in the jar? Anyone else have any ideas on that part please </p>
<p>I made 2 of these and found plain green food coloring works great. I also did a blue and it's not bad either. I used clear containers I had. If you use the wadeface provided, this is a 5 minute project but the results look like you spent much more time. </p><p>I can hardly wait for my grandson to open the refrigerator!</p>
<p>You can put the photo in a water tight bag. Then fill the jar with tonic water. it will glow under a black light. You can also use a liquid of choice and add vitamin B2 to it for the same effect. </p>
I used some inexpensive submersible led lights I got on amazon. It was a hit, and the light really helped the costume stand out while walking around in the dark.<br><br>here's something that would work - http://www.amazon.com/Submersible-Battery-LED-Lights~WHITE~wedding~tea-Light/dp/B000VUNXEY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1446222946&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=submersible+led+lights
<p>Whoa, that costume is PERFECT!</p><p>Thanks for sharing a picture of your costume, Enjoy the Pro Membership.</p>
<p>This is really cool! Great idea :)</p>
<p>Great stuff! Love that eerie glow.</p><p>Enjoy the 3-month Pro Membership!<br></p>
<p>excellent r&eacute;sultat</p>
<p>Ha, that face is perfect!</p><p>Thanks for sharing your picture, Enjoy the Pro Membership.</p>
<p>I screwed up and left his collar on but it still turned out pretty cool... I'm going to do one taking a pic of the back of the head and print it on 11x17 paper... :)</p><p>I used water and some left over coffee...</p>
<p>Gory, and the brains are a great touch!</p><p>Thanks for sharing your picture, Enjoy the Pro Membership.</p>
<p>awesome, thanks for posting!</p>
<p>Its weird but looks good .</p>
<p>This was GREAT instructable for a quick to make prank since u were soooo nice to share ur pic. I put my work at eye level and in your face when u open the left fridge door. Sorry about the glare from interior light-photographer I'm not. Thanks again!!!</p>
<p>Where did you find this jar?</p>
<p>That jar came from Walmart and was originally a bulk purchase of sweet pickle chips. I haven't looked to see if they still have the glass jars in that size. It seems that plastic has become more prevalent. If not, I would try Sam's Club next. The glass is must soooo much better for the laboratory feel...</p>
<p>Update: Yes, they ARE Currently available at Walmart (at least in Central FL) complete with whole Kosher Dill Pickles for $5.22 a jar.</p>
<p>Being at eye-level, I hope it scared someone :)<br>Enjoy the 3-month Pro Membership!</p>
<p>Oh, it certainly did...bwaaahahahaha. &quot;Wade&quot; is positioned where cold beer traditionally sits...not what any of my empty-handed friends expected. Maybe next time they'll bring their own...teeheehee And thank you for the Pro membership! Bonus!!</p>

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