Make DIY Potion bottles this spooky season!
Don’t buy ready-made apothecary bottles to add to your tiered tray or Halloween decor – make them! Any small to medium glass bottles will work for this DIY. I used a combination of glass bottles from the recycle bin, Dollar Tree, and yard sale finds.
Check out the video below and tutorial details below to learn more!
Easy DIY Potion Bottles for Halloween – How-to Video
- Mirror Effect spray paint
- A spray bottle with water
- Mod Podge (I used Matte)
- A foam applicator brush
- Black acrylic paint (optional)
- Mini skulls, bugs, floral moss, twine, or other spooky decorations (mine are from Dollar Tree)
- A mug with about half of a cup of water and a coffee pod (to color and age labels)
- A cookie or baking sheet
- A printout of the Free Potion Bottle Labels
How to Make DIY Potion Bottles – 6 Easy Steps
STEP 1: Spray Paint Bottles
Start by gathering up small glass bottles and jars. Remove existing labels and clean the outside with glass cleaner.
Then spritz your glass bottles with water (see the video above for the technique) and spray paint them with Mirror Effect spray paint (link in the supplies list above).
STEP 2: Print Labels
Next, print out the labels (link to the Free Potion Bottle Labels in the Supply list above). Print them larger or smaller depending on what works best with your bottles.
You can do this easily by adjusting the Custom Scaling settings in your print dialog box. I printed out three different sizes to match the size of my bottles at 100%, 75%, and 50%.
STEP 3: Rip Labels
Rip the labels by hand to give them a worn, deckled edge look.
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STEP 4: Age The Labels With Coffee
Apply the coffee technique in the video above using a regular coffee pod. If you have instant coffee, try this technique from fixitsamo on YouTube.
Below are the quick steps and pictures for aging paper with a regular coffee pod–step 4 is important to get a dark color:
- Mix a coffee pod with about 1/2 of a cup of water, stir, and let sit for 5-10 minutes.
- Put a paper towel over your labels on an old cookie sheet then spoon the coffee mixture onto the paper towel.
- Top with another sheet of paper towel and pat to distribute the coffee.
- Carefully remove all the paper towels by gathering them up at the sides. Then squeeze just a little coffee over the top of each label before baking.
- Bake until dry in a 350-degree oven. NOTE: Watch carefully, your labels will burn if left in too long. Labels dry and brown in just a few short minutes!
STEP 5: add Finishing Touches And Apply The Labels (optional)
Use a foam applicator to brush a little black acrylic paint to the edges of your labels. I blotted most of the black paint off my brush before applying it for a dry-brushed look.
Apply the labels to your potion bottles using Mod Podge. Coat the reverse side of the label with Mod Podge then coat over the top and edges.
STEP 6: Add Decorations
Last, hot glue on embellishments like skulls, old buttons, charms, bones, bugs, floral moss other decorations complete the spooky potion bottle look.
Update: I Also Made Mini Potion Bottles!
I made mini potion bottles to sell in my antique booth using the same aging technique and labels! I picked up 2-inch tall bottles at Dollar Tree. They’re the perfect size for ornaments to decorate a small spooky Halloween tree.
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