Step 1: Materials and Tools
Large jar with lid
Craft foam or card stock, small Halloween decorations
Optional: LED tealight
Black paint and coloured markers
Step 2: Ground
Trace and cut a circle of black craft foam using the opening of the jar. The circle should be able to fit inside the jar, trim as needed.
Make a hole in the centre of the foam large enough to fit the part of the clock mechanism that holds the hands.
Step 3: Hands
Place the hands on the clock and set it in the lid of the jar.
Bend the hands up so that they fit inside the jar and are angled far enough apart that they don't interfere with the rotation (or each other).
The hands on top need to be shorter then the one beneath, (so in this case the hour hand is longer than the others - going against convention.)
Step 4: Ghost
Sketch a little ghost about one inch in height and transfer it onto white craft foam.
Cut out the shape and draw in the eyes and mouth.
Trim the arm of the second hand so that only the horizontal portion remains.
I found some clear plastic (PET) packaging that had a bend and cut a piece 2 inches long and ~1/4 inches wide and includes part of the bend (see image 4 and 5 above).
Glue the straight end to the ghost and the bent end to the second hand.
Step 5: Cat
The cat I used for the minute hand was made of wood so it was light enough not to interfere with the movement of the clock.
Trim the vertical part of the minute hand so that it fits behind the cat.
Glue the minute hand to the back of the cat.
Step 6: Zombie
I can't draw very well and I wanted something that looked really good for the hour hand so I searched the internet for some free Halloween clip art and came upon this zombie. It can be found here: http://www.zombies-and-horror-movies.com/zombie-clipart.html.
Cut out the zombie parts from craft foam and glue together.
Draw in the features (eyes, teeth, scars etc)
Glue the hour hand to the back of the zombie.
Step 7: Hours and Other Decorations
To mark the hours for the clock I made a tombstone with craft foam for the 12 and used pumpkins for the 3, 6 and 9. The 3 and 9 I glued to the jar facing inward and the 6 is facing out. I added a moon, a spooky tree and some bats for additional decorations. Two of the bats I attached to the jar with nylon thread so that the hang down.
Step 8: Paint and Assemble
The hands of the clock that I had was silver so I painted them black to blend in better with the ground. I added a few layers of cardboard to adjust the height of the clock in the jar. Place the hands onto the clock, close the jar and test it out. Make sure none of the characters are bumping into anything. (My ghost sometimes hits one of the bats on the way around).
Step 9: Optional: Light
This step is optional. I thought the clock would look creepier if it had a flickering light so I used a LED tealight. Remove the flame and glue it to the top of the jar with the light facing down into the diorama.