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 !
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  1. 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. 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

  3. 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

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

  5. 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.

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