Saturday, October 15, 2011

Vampire Killing Kit

I have been wanting to make this vampire killing kit for a year now.  Ever since last Halloween when I saw one on Auction Kings.  I meant to work on this throughout the year so that I could get everything just right but I ended up not getting started on it until a couple of weeks ago.  I'm really happy with how it turned out especially considering the fact that I rushed through it.  It was a lot of fun to make and I will probably build an even bigger and better one in the coming years!

I started with a plain wooden box from JoAnn Fabrics.  It was regularly $20 but I had a 40% off coupon.  I put a Dark Walnut stain on it and lined it with burgundy faux suede.  The cross is also from JoAnn's and stained in an Early American finish.

The vials were purchased here through Amazon.  With shipping and everything it was $8.67 and I received 12 of them.  The corks were a little too bright so I soaked them in coffee to age them a bit.  I also scuffed up the vials a bit with sandpaper.  The labels were made the same way as my potion labels.  Suggestions of names for the labels came from Spookyland Crypt.  I filled them with things based on the description they gave.  

Mine are filled with:  Verde Gris - rubbed sage, Vampirism - table salt, Elixir of Vitrol - balsamic vinegar, Serum - vanilla extract diluted with water, Flour of Brimstone - all-purpose flour, Powdered Garlic - powdered garlic.

The Bible is a book from Dollar Tree covered with brown faux suede.  I coffee-stained the edges so it wasn't so white and sealed the book so that it can't be opened.  I found a font that I liked and printed out "Holy Bible" in a size that fit the book along with a clip art cross.  I covered the print out with a piece of clear contact paper and cut out my "stencil" with an exacto knife.  Then I placed it on the book and colored it in with a silver sharpie.  

The steak was a dowel rod, that my husband whittled down to a steak.  I stained it in Early American to match the cross.  The silver goblet came from an antique store for $1.  The Holy Water is a $1 bottle from JoAnn's and filled with actual Holy Water.

The screw-top bottles are also from JoAnn's $1 bin.  The Emetic Tartar for Putric Fever is filled with smoked sea salt and the Agrimony is oregano.

Here is the original Vampire Killing Kit that inspired this project:

Obviously mine isn't as fancy as the original but it also didn't cost me $12,000!!!

Materials and Cost:
Box - $12
Stain - on hand
Cross - $1
"Bible" - $1
Faux Suede - $3
Steak - on hand
Screw Top Bottles - $2
Silver Goblet - $1
Holy Water Bottle $1

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Nikki@EverythingUndertheMoon said...

Just wanted to let you know that I'm giving you The Versatile Blogger Award!! Keep up the great work!!

Sweet Green Tangerine said...

That. is. AWESOME. You are SO creative!

Dane said...

This is amazing! What a brilliantly, beautifully done project, and you must have had a ton of fun making this. I aspire to this sort of creativity!

Katalina Jewelry said...

Well, that should keep the vampires away! Great job - it's so cool!

art bliss said...

You are so amazingly creative! What a great piece, hope you never have to use it...for real;)

Kara @ Mine for the Making said...

This is SO SO COOL!!!

Rhissanna said...

Ok, so, I'm linking straight to this because it's perfect.

It's perfect for Halloween, for Twi-hards, for Masquerade players, LARPers, Goths and for my emerging Steampunk Sherlock Victorian study. In fact, I'm now looking for the stuff to make my own, as it would make a great birthday card for Hubby. This blog is wonderful, YOU are wonderful and thank you for this.

Have a wonderful day.

Rhissanna said...

Posted and thank you, Megan. This is really wonderful.

Danee said...

I don't know whether to be amazed, inspired or completely creeped out. What a cool little kit you put together. I agree that the original is a sight to behold but what you did in a short period of time is awesome. I don't know if I can bring myself to make one (what would we have done if somebody had used such a thing on my beloved Edward). but I am going to pin it on Pinterest and keep it in mind...

Kei said...

That is totally awesome! I love all the little details you put in =)
Your inspiration is also amazing, especially the price it sold for--blimey!

Katie said...

This is so cool. It looks great!

Amanda said...

What an amazing idea! And it looks fantastic!

Tina said...

This turned out great! Don't you think it's funny how they really had Vampire Killing Kits!?

PS- I think I might be Abby this Halloween. I have a lab coat from all my science classes, and think I could do some braids and boots and maybe the cool tat and call it a costume!

Chris said...

Hi there, well you shouldn't get any vampires around your house, LOL Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

Kelli Wise said...

What size is the box?