DIY ghastly apothecary jars & alchemist bottles.
I made these grungy Halloween containers for any potion or elixer a witch or wizard might need to cast a curse or spell.
I made them from everyday household glass bottles, including sparkling water, jam, vinegar, even a candle, you get the idea. There’s only one bottle I had bought last year at a craft store for a different project that never happened so I had it kicking around.
I did this over a few days breaking up the steps so it wouldn’t overwhelm me.
Clean all the bottles, removing any labels. I ran most of mine thru the dishwasher. Don’t worry too much If you can’t get all the adhesive off since it just adds another layer of grime.
I spray painted all caps|tops black (many were already black, bonus!). Then I sanded all the containers to age the glass. This would be a great way to make a new jar look vintage quickly.
Then I mixed some dark gray & sunflower acrylic paints. Paint the bottles haphazardly and then wipe with a wet paper towel to reach desired effect.
While the containers dry, print & select your labels. Once again I used free printables just on plain copy paper. I used a variety of sources so the bottles wouldn’t look like a “set” rather a hodgepodge acquired & collected over many years of witchcraft. You can find some of the labels here, here and here.
Once the paint dried I decoupaged the labels onto the bottles. Once everything set I inked the bottles around the labels & containers with dark brown ink.
I filled some of the bottles and jars with the appropriate fillers although my paint was pretty opaque so not necessary.
Finally I embellished the containers with Spanish moss, twine, Halloween webbing, burlap or whatever I had kicking around in my stash.
Although there’s a lot of steps it’s easier than it looks.
The best part was that it didn’t cost me anything but time. everything I used I had on hand.
You can personalize this to your own look | style by the paint colors you use to the labels you choose and the embellishments you add.
I have a spooky vignette planned for these so stay tuned.
\Happy Crafting !
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