halloween potions, poisons, powders and more – diy

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 !
Pinterest potions
sharing @:
saturday sparks @ pieced pastimes
vintage charm @ charm bracelet diva
bouquet of talent @ life on lakeshore drive
sundays at home @ love of home
spooktacular halloween party @ made in a day
amaze me monday @ dwellings-the heart of the home
motivate me monday @ keeping it simple
show & share @ coastal charm
something to talk about @ karen’s up on the hill
metamorphis monday @ between naps on the porch
the scoop @ stonegable
make it pretty monday @ the dedicated house
inspire me monday @ my uncommon slice of suburbia
inspire me tuesday @ a stroll thur life
tweak it tuesday @ cozy little house
what’s it wednesday @ ivy & elephants
vintage inspiration party @ my salvaged treasures
fall into fall @ diy by design
wordless wednesday @ oh my heartsie girl
wow us wednesday @ savvy southern style
wake up wednesdays @ god’s growing garden
flea market friday @ creative country mom’s vintage home & garden
think & make @ table & hearth
home & garden thursday @ a delightsome life
share your cup @ have a daily cup of mrs. olson
treasure hunt thursday @ from my front porch to yours
home sweet home @ the charm of home
feathered nest friday @ french country cottage
morning cup of joe @ the cottage market
simple & sweet friday @ rooted in thyme
friday’s five features @ diy vintage chic
shabbilicious friday @ shabby art boutique
brag worthy thursday @ colour saturated life
halloween decorations @ celebrate and decorate  




  1. jenclair says:

    Another lovely project!
    I’m almost finished “making” for Halloween. Actually, I never stop–I’m likely to make Halloween figures at any time of year, but I do slow down.
    My crafty blog is full of Halloween stuff, and on my reading blog, I’m always looking for spooky books. I no longer actively participate in Carl’s RIP reading challenge, but I do love witchy, ghosty books.

  2. Cheryl says:

    These are awesome, I love them! You did a great job!!

  3. you have been busy. i checked out all your halloween crafts. i love them! you’re so creative. i have a couple more i’m gonna try to pull out before halloween. wish me luck! xo- mj

  4. thanks cheryl. so nice to hear. i’ve been wanting to do this for a couple of years now & just could never get it going. i think i was worried they wouldn’t come out as i envisioned. well, i don’t think i could be happier than how they turned out. maybe it’s a good thing i procrastinated. lol. thanks for dropping by. xo- mj

  5. Jenna says:

    Love these…they look so vintage!

  6. Geneva says:

    These are awesome! You have a great eye for detail and the patience to pull off a great look. Love them all!

  7. thanks jenna! that’s a true compliment for this vintage gal. xo- mj

  8. thanks geneva. these were actually easier to make than i expected. xo- mj

  9. Betsy says:

    Love these! Great idea to use a variety of labels so that they look collected over time. Thanks for sharing your bottles at VIParty.

  10. Wonderful job! They look so authentic!

  11. thanks for stopping by betsy & leaving a comment. have a great weekend! xo- mj

  12. thanks so much for your sweet comment! made my day. have a great weekend. xo- mj

  13. Jann Olson says:

    Mary Jo, these are fabulous! True works of art!! Thanks for sharing them with SYC.

  14. Mistie says:

    Your bottles look amazing! I really love the huge transformation from the everyday items to the end product. So creative! Thanks for sharing with us at the 2016 Halloween Blog Hop.

  15. thanks mistie! they were a lot of fun to create & i always love breathing new life into trash! thnx for stopping by. xo- mj

I love hearing from you!