We don't know where this collage came from, or the instructions, but we've done some searching and sleuthing and we found the original sources for the photos used. The image on the left is courtesy of Lemonberry Moon on their Flickr site (http://www.flickr.com/photos/50581003@N08/6462080439/in/set-72157628927431309) and the photo on the right comes from http://www.instructables.com/id/Bowl-of-Worms-Anyone/.
Now, I can see how if you were to follow the instructions shown above there could be trouble. Our submitter definitely ran into trouble.
**We had a comment come in that may explain the instructions to pour in jelly: "Just FYI when you run across the term 'jelly' - in the UK and I think Australia, the term 'jelly' refers to a dessert made with gelatin. It's called 'Jell-O' in the US because that's the brand-name most people are aware of (think 'Make Jell-O brand gelatin...and make some fun!')."** Thank you Meijhen!
I've seen this project pinned a number of times. Sometimes the pin just says "Pour jello in straws and let it set to get jello worms!". Well, there's more to it than just pouring jello in the straws. You need to add extra gelatin to make the jello set up firm enough, and adding cream will make them look more like worms and less like jello. When I emailed Lemonberry Moon to verify the ownership of the photo in the original pin, they laughed and responded, "Ha! This cracks me up because I know what a PAIN these were to make and how easily they could go horribly wrong :)"
Want to know how to make these? I've got a few great resources for you today. Rather than copy and paste all their hard work here, we'd love it if you went to their sites and checked them out.
First, the creative geniuses over at Lemonberry Moon have a whole bug themed party plan (with instructions for these jello worms, spider egg cookies, and other creepy crawly treats) on their etsy site. They have some really great ideas.
Second, over at instructables.com, instructions with pictures are posted to show how to make these creepy treats. http://www.instructables.com/id/Bowl-of-Worms-Anyone/.
Third, you can find instructions over at http://www.theidearoom.net/2009/09/jell-o-blood-worms.html?mid=5125903.