Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Potion Bottles

It's time for the first Halloween post of the season!  I'm so excited.  I was going to wait and have the entire month of October full of Halloween tutorials but I started seeing Halloween posts as soon as September 1st rolled around and I just couldn't wait.  I had a poll on my Facebook page to make sure people were ready to see these kind of posts already and 62% of the people who voted want them now so here we are!
Prepare The Bottles
  1. Soak them in warm soapy water for about five minutes to clean them out and make the labels easier to peel off.
  2. Peel off the labels and scrub off any remaining adhesive residue with a washcloth.
  3. Let them dry then use sandpaper to distress them a bit and make them look aged.  This is a little difficult with glass but if you can find cool plastic bottles those are easy to distress like the one above.
  4. Paint all of the caps a flat black.  I used texturized spray paint so it made them look and feel more like cast iron.
Make The Labels
  1. Make a coffee dye.  Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.  Then add 1 cup of instant coffee granules and 3 Tablespoons vanilla extract.  Allow to cool completely.  This is the same mixture that I use to dye fabric.
  2. Find a cool font and print all of your labels on to regular white paper and cut them out.  Cardstock will also work but the edges won't darken as well and they won't look as aged.
  3. Preheat your oven to 250F.
  4. Using a foam brush, apply the coffee dye to the printed side of your label and then the back.  Lay it on a cookie sheet with the print side up.  Repeat with all of your labels.
  5. For small labels you will want to apply another light coat of coffee.  For bigger labels, skip the extra coffee and instead try to push out any air bubbles.
  6. Bake for about 2 1/2 - 3 minutes for smaller labels and 3 - 3 1/2 minutes for larger ones.  Watch them closely to make sure they don't bake for too long.
  7. Once they are cool, remove them from the cookie sheet and glue them onto your bottles with a regular old glue stick.

Fill Them Up
  1. Fur of Werewolf - hormel bacon bits bottle - clippings from my son's last hair cut.
  2. Jimsonweed - bottle from JoAnn's - poppy seeds
  3. Love Potion - worchestershire sauce bottle - worchestershire sauce
  4. Belladonna - bottle from JoAnn's - oregano leaves
  5. Rauvolfia Vomitonia (devil's pepper) - archer farms spice bottle - cayenne pepper
  6. Old Hag Cackle Extract - brer rabbit molasses jar - molasses
  7. Vanishing Potion - bottle from JoAnn's - 1 drop red food coloring, 2 drops yellow food coloring diluted with water
  8. Mummy Dust - jar from Goodwill - dried chopped garlic from dollar tree
  9. Elixir of Hemlock - crown royal black liquor bottle - vanilla extract diluted with water
  10. White Snakeroot - jar from JoAnn's - table salt
  11. Life Sucking Potion - glenfiddich liquor bottle - water with just a bit of dish soap to make it bubbly
  12. Black of Night - liquid smoke bottle - liquid smoke
  13. Scream of Fright - balsamic vinegar bottle - balsamic vinegar
  14. Blood of the Undead - mini liquor bottle - raspberry coffee flavoring
  15. Life Renewal Potion - bottle from JoAnn's - 1 drop green food coloring, 1 drop yellow food coloring, diluted with water
  16. Snake Venom - vanilla extract bottle - water
  17. Toadstool - sweet pickle relish jar - mushrooms
  18. Henbane - bottle from JoAnn's - powdered chicken bullion from dollar tree
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Mrs. Adventure said...

Awesome ideas girlfriend, I did a few bottles last halloween but now I feel like I need to make more ha ha

tt.scraps said...

Awesome!!!! Love these! :)

Stacy Curran said...

This is my beyond my expertise I think, but they are very cool!

Samantha said...

I am loving this! I have a hodge podge of bottles that I have refused to throw away (much to my husband's dismay) just because I knew that I would be able to use them for something! Now I have something! What an awesome idea! Thanks!

Vanessa said...

Wow!! This is fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

Twigs and Twirls said...

Too Funny !!! Thanks for the tips on what to fill them with.

Jen-CraftOManiac said...

totally utterly love this. THANKS FOR SHARING, winks-jen

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

These are so freaking fabulous! LOVE them!! Thanks for linking up at this week's Open House!

Teri@thefreshmancook said...

The are fantastic! I just love them!I linked to you from Friday Favorites! Thanks for sharing your idea!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Totally love this idea and will have to try it for our Halloween party!! Thanks for explaining how to do it! Would love for you to come share at Feathered Nest Friday!

Jayna Rae said...

Very cute! I have a vintage bottle collection that I would like to do this too, just for the season of course. I have died similarly just using tea bags.

OhioMomPatriot said...

These are fabulous! I just love Halloween! Thanks for sharing!

Kirsten @ Mushki Loves said...

These are just too cute! Love it!

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

This is the best post I have seen on this! Thanks for the great info. I have never heard of adding the vanilla, what is the purpose of that?

Kei said...

Fab ideas! I love the look of the labels (and feel awfully tempted to relabel all the bottles and jars in the kitchen cupboard!)

Teresa @ Sagebrush Ridge said...

Looks like they have been taken straight from Snape's Potion's cupboard! Very Creative.

Rhissanna said...

Wow, this is wonderful for two reasons. First, because, of course, it's wonderful and turns mundane bottles and jar into magical props and second, because I find I'm not the only crazy woman collecting bottles...

Dorothy said...

These are SO COOL! I tend to save oddly shaped bottles (much to my husband's dismay) and this is definitely something I can do with them. We're going to decorate the basement in a Hogwarts theme, so this could come in VERY handy.