Today I’m sharing how I made these fun DIY Halloween potion bottles with you.
Spooky szn is here, friends. And as much as I love the holidays (and boy do I), I really enjoy pausing for a moment to have a little fun and celebrate Halloween during the month of October.
My kids love it too. Which is one of the reasons I enjoy getting to decorate for Halloween. They love it so much, it makes me happy.
Every year I like to do a little something different. Last year I scored a treasure of beautiful amber bottles at the antique store, and they looked perfectly spooky. I decided to transform them into these DIY Halloween potion bottles.
But first, let me be transparent – DIY projects aren’t usually my “thing”. I have plenty of incredibly talented friends who have some serious DIY skill and when it comes to my approach – I like to keep things…simple. So I promise, if I can do this – you can too!
Easy Spooky Decor – Halloween Potion Bottles
My goal with Halloween decor is to make it a touch of spooky, but to keep it classy. Makes total sense, right? I just like to add a few things here and there for Halloween because I really love going all out for Christmas.
I’ve been wanting to do this project for a while. I had these amber bottles from the antique store last year. They make a fun set up with some black webbing and purple spooky lights.
They’re just the perfect amount of spooky. I am going to be repurposing some of the amber bottles for my holiday decor set up so I didn’t put labels on all of them for that reason.
What Do You Need to Make Halloween Potion Bottles?
To make Halloween potion bottles, you need glass bottles. The bottles I found and used were finds from my antique store hunting, but if you don’t have the time or resources to go perusing the antique store – you can definitely use normal glass bottles.
I would suggest looking for glass bottles at The Dollar Tree, Walmart, or Hobby Lobby or Michaels.
I used one of my favorite crafting materials, Mod Podge (I always mispronounce this and say Modge Podge, haha). In order to get the look that the labels are original to the bottles I wanted to securely adhere them to the bottles. I knew that I could achieve this by applying a coat of Mod Podge to the back of the labels.
Which brings me to my next item, you can really apply Mod Podge with anything but I prefer to apply it with a sponge painter like these. They cover well and wash out easily so they can be reused.
I found a few prints online that I liked and gave the look I wanted. I knew I could make them easily on my own, but I wanted to get this project done fairly quickly so I opted for a free download.
Here are a few great ones that I found when I was hunting for mine.
– Here’s one option
– And here’s another
I used my at home printer to print off a few different sheets and then I got to work making them look vintage for the DIY Halloween potion bottles.
For this step, I used a pot of brewed coffee and my oven (on a low setting).
Here’s a quick look at the materials you will want to have on hand for this project:
– brewed coffee or tea
– baking sheet
How to Make Halloween Potion Bottle Labels Look Old
Here’s a detailed step by step on how I made the labels look old.
First, I started by printing out the labels on plain printer paper. I found the labels that are pictured here at this blog.
Once I had my labels printed, I crumpled them up and flatted them back out. I actually ended up doing this a few times. There really isn’t a perfect formula for this, the idea is just to give the paper some wear and tear so as to make it look old.
After that, I used a large 13X8 casserole dish and set the papers in. Then I poured my brewed coffee over them until they were mostly coated.
The coffee will stain the paper and the crumples that you made will cause the coloring to change which is what will make your paper look vintage! You can also use teabags for this step.
We’re coffee drinkers around our house, and I don’t typically keep tea on hand so I used coffee.
I let the papers soak in the dish for about 30 minutes. You could definitely let them soak longer – but I’d say that 30 minutes is long enough.
Once I was happy with how they were stained, I (very carefully) pulled them out and placed them on a baking cookie sheet. I only had 3 sheets so I was able to make sure that they didn’t completely overlap on the cookie sheet so that they would dry out enough in the oven.
Finally, I preset the oven to 200 degrees. This was PLENTY hot and it didn’t take long AT ALL. When the oven was fully preheated, I placed the cookie sheet in and gave it about 10 minutes. I checked the papers at this time and noticed they were still a bit damp so I put them back in for another 10 minutes and this was plenty!
When I pulled them out, they were nice and crispy, crunchy and best of all…VINTAGE LOOKING!
Once the bottles were done, the kids were loving them and very curious about whether there was actually “black widow cobwebs” in one of them. Lincoln had picked up the bottle and was looking inside asking me if there really were spiders in there and as he was inspecting the inside of the bottle I scared him by saying “watch out! They’re going to get you!”
He immediately started crying because I had genuinely scared him. I felt bad, but it was a little funny. He didn’t think so.
Needless to say, he hasn’t picked up any bottles anymore. Haha.
How to Make a DIY Halloween Potion Bottle
Once you’ve antiqued the halloween potion bottle labels, then it’s time to make the bottles.
Here’s a step by step breakdown of the (very simple) DIY.
- Hunt for some bottles. Amber bottles look perfectly vintage but you can also use new bottles. It’s really up to you.
- Print the potion bottle labels on regular printer paper.
- Follow the steps (above) to make the paper look old.
- Cut out the labels and adhere them to the bottles using ModPodge.
- Let dry and then style with some spooky twinkle lights and spooky black cloth
See how easy that is? I told you, my kind of DIY is one that is SIMPLE and something you can’t mess up! These are really fun and my kids really love them.