Witches Apothecary Shop – Witch Bottles

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One of our family’s favorite decorations are our “Witches” bottles. A complete Apothecary for a Witch. This fun project creates gorgeous bottles that will delight any visitor who enters your home.

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You will need:

  • Strong Coffee or Tea
  • Bottles of Varying Shapes/Sizes
  • Decoupage Glue (You can Make your Own)

First- Find some interesting jars and create labels and print them, plain white paper works fine.

I recommend a nice gothic style font such as Blackadder or chiller. Let it dry for 5 minutes. Do not skip this step as your ink will run or smudge.

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Crinkle it into a ball. (I know, I know, this is SOOO Hard!)

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Un-crumple your labels and place in a 9×13 pan with really strong tea or coffee.
Let the page saturate for a few minutes before taking it out. This will “age” your labels and make them look Authentic.

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Blot it very gently to remove excess liquid. Allow the sheet to dry thoroughly.

If you’d like your labels to be darker, submerge them again, dry.

Once they are dry, carefully cut out each label with a pair of scissors.

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Attach the label with Glue. (The easiest way is to paint the back of the label and then apply it to the jar. Let it dry completely.

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Once it is dried, paint a layer of Decoupage Glue over the label. This will give it a shine that will make it look quite authentic, plus it will seal your label and protect it.

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Alternatively, prior to cutting out your labels, you can spray them with acrylic finishing spray. I prefer the decoupage method personally.

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Place them on a shelf with some backlights to illuminate the contents.

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The jellyfish stingers jar is filled with strings of hot glue that I dropped directly into water straight from the glue-gun.

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Choose Interesting Names for your Bottles. (See our list here!)

In this bottle, the Contents are Ogre Boogers.

The Fine Print Reads:
Harvested from Ogres within the swamps ofsadness. Use to induce everlasting sorrow.”


You could use homemade playdough dyed in various shades of green and allow them to dry. Be sure you don’t form them too large to fit into the bottle though!

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Here are a few more! I have about 20 in all right now, we usually add 1 or 2 per year to our collection.

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Melissa Burnell, known to her friends and fans as "Liss," grew up in Southern Maine, now residing in sunny South Carolina. As a busy Wife, Mother of two sons, an avid photographer, and self-employed entrepreneur, Liss understands the value of both time and money.

6 Comments

  1. I have several very old bottles that were found when my mother purchased a house that was over 100 years old. We were tilling a garden, and they were buried in the yard! I was so psyched to find them.

    I could easily use them for this! There are even some old glass medicine (maybe aspirin?) bottles that would look awesome for this project. I’m wondering though, would the labels be easily removed?

    I’d hate to devalue them. I can’t wait to make these for Halloween!

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