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>Anyone tried it with their pets?</p>
<p><strong>Such a great idea!</strong> <br>My wife was met this morning by our two sons in the fridge! She refused opening it again until we had taken them away! Boys were laughing on the floor. :)</p>
<p>A sidenote tip - I made the boys shower prior to taking the photos to get the wet look in their hair.</p>
<p>Good idea!</p>
<p>I love the look with eggs in there, so funny!</p>
<p>It's brilliant!</p>
<p>This is so cool XD</p>
<p>How unique! Genius!</p>
<p>Thanks Mike! made this for work, brilliant :) Still doing pro?</p>
<p>Gross and spooky..I love it!</p><p>Thanks for sharing a picture of your gruesome creation, enjoy the Pro Membership! </p>
<p>Thank you so much</p>
<p>They're perfect on your booze shelf!</p>
<p>Great!<br><br>Yes, some ingenuity, but overall I'm satisfied.<br>I do not laminate the image, I used a sheet protector for ring binders, and then sealed with a hot wire.</p>
<p>Spooky!</p><p>Thanks for sharing, enjoy the Pro Membership.</p>
Here is my Halloween version. The jar is an old 'flagon' with a crack in it so decided not to add water - but it still works pretty well I think...
<p>The subject is perfect :)</p>
<p>Awesome idea, and great Instrubctable! I saw this project on Kimmel this week, with the EXACT SAME PHOTO, and thought I might see the first shout-out for Instructables on national television, but they gave no credit! That's not nice;-(</p>
<p>Thanks for the <em>heads</em> up :)</p><p>Lame they didn't give attribution, they even used the printout in this project! I take pride in knowing that the picture printout is my old boss, and now his face has been shown on TV. :)</p>
<p>fun stuff - has anyone tried this with a panoramic shot to try and minimize the photoshopping steps?</p>
I'f like to try taking my picture through a window with my nose pressed up flat against it. Then when the picture is submersed it'll look like my nose is squished into the jar!
<p>That's a really smart idea. Please share a picture of your results!</p>
<p>What about having a jar in a jar so the print is protected from the water?</p>
<p>That might actually work! If you use something like concentric beakers one slightly smaller than the other, put the photo in the inner one and only fill fluid in the space between the two. It'll take much less fluid, be much lighter, no lamination required and possibly give you the same effect.</p><p>Great instructable! Will try it out. Thanks!!</p>
<p>Problem is that inner beaker will try to float, a lot! You will need lead weights in inner beaker.</p>
<p>That might actually work! If you use something like concentric beakers one slightly smaller than the other, put the photo in the inner one and only fill fluid in the space between the two. It'll take much less fluid, be much lighter, no lamination required and possibly give you the same effect.</p><p>Great instructable! Will try it out. Thanks!!</p>
<p>it would look like a jar with a head in it inside a larger jar with fluid</p>
<p>He said to laminate the print first.</p>
<p>Which doesn't render jtmcdole's question invalid.</p>
<p>But does render it irrelevant. It is of course possible, but would necessitate unrequired effort and the result would be sub par.</p>
<p>&quot;unrequired&quot; == &quot;optional&quot; effort if one doesn't have or care for laminating. You also have no standing to sugest it would generate sub-par results.</p>
<p>Keeping to being &quot;positive and constructive&quot;, 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 &quot;head&quot; 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.</p>
<p>Lol you guys are like having a buisness scientist argument thing</p>
<p>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. </p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>How about a bit of fluorescent dye and a UV LED ?</p>
<p>Good idea! You should try it and show us the results!</p>
<p>That is some prank!!! Thanks!!!</p>
<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>

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