Magic Potion Bottles

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 Today’s post is the last of the Halloween crafts for the year.  I realize that this tutorial comes a little late for anyone to use for this season, but it was a last minute project I did the morning of Halloween, and I wanted to share.  We only got a few trick-or-treaters and the hubby is not a big fan of the holiday so hopefully someone will get a kick out of this display.  Harry Potter fans, maybe?

Anywho… Halloween was a very long day for us.  We spent 6 hours at the dealership buying me a new car.  By the time we got home, baby and I were starving and we’d missed half of the neighborhood kids.  So I ended up with 18 full-sized candy bars that I’m sure won’t last as long as they should.  But I still donned my last-minute Halloween costume and smiled for the little princesses and Jedi Knights.

In a very rare turn of events, I have actually posted a picture of my pregnant self on the internet.  Mainly because I thought the shirt I made was worth sharing.  I found some skeleton stencils on Pinterest and used my Freezer Paper T-Shirt tutorial to paint the design on my shirt.

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Skelebaby!

But back to the actual reason for this post… my DIY potion bottles.  I wanted to make a display that would attract the kids to our house and make them remember the awesome neighbors that made an effort for Halloween.  Or I just love the holiday and wanted to make cool stuff that I could blog about later.  Either way, that’s how the idea for the bottles came about.

I thought of the idea a while back and just never really got around to doing the actual work.  So when Halloween morning rolled around and I didn’t have a cool display, I launched into action.  First, I removed some labels from a few beer bottles.  I soaked them in hot, soapy water for a few minutes, then scraped the labels and residue off with a drywall knife.  I dried them and gathered them up with the other jars and bottles I bought at A.C. Moore.  They were on sale for something like a dollar a piece.

Once I had the bottles I wanted to use, I set up a spot in the yard to start painting them.  I used a cardboard box and sprayed them two at a time.

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 I used a Rust-Oleum Hammered spray in dark bronze to give the bottles a rustic base coat with a little bit of texture.  I sprayed one layer just to make them opaque.

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Then I sprayed a light layer of a flat black spray paint over the dark bronze layer.  Not enough to cover it.  Just to darken it up a little and give it a mottled look.

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Once I let all the bottles and jars dry, I brought them inside to apply the labels.

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I found some great FREE labels here on Pinterest.  I printed them out in two different sizes and cut them out.  I decided which labels I wanted to put on which bottles based on their sizes.  I took into account what the ingredients were as well, but that wasn’t as important.  I just made sure the “Feathers of the Crow” weren’t stuck in a tall beer bottle that they obviously couldn’t be easily removed from.  Even though I had no intention of putting anything in any of the bottles.  Hence the spray paint.

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 To apply the labels, I used Mod Podge.  For a more detailed tutorial on the awesomeness of Mod Podge, click here.  As for this project, I just applied it like glue to the back of the labels and stuck them on the bottles.

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 I was strapped for time so I just smoothed the labels down with my hands and did not apply another layer of Mod Podge on top.  I might do that before I put the bottles in storage just so they last until next Halloween without getting ripped up.

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 Once I had all the labels glued on, I added them to my other porch decorations.  I took some pictures of the other items I put out.

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Mini Ghosts from Trash Bags

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Painted Wooden Tombstones

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Spider Web Lantern

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Spider Webs with Plastic Spiders

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Creepy Black Cat (Thrift Store Find) and Jack-O-Lantern

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Hubby’s Contribution – Stormtrooper Pumpkin

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The Full Effect – In Daylight

Considering the table with the potion bottles was a last-minute addition, I was pretty pleased with the results.  It’s only the second year we’ve been in a house for Halloween, and this is a vast improvement from last year’s display.  I figure I will just step it up every year.

Until next year…

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