So far this fall has been particularly busy so with Halloween coming up I was looking for some quick ways to decorate. To create a Halloween style vignette on a side table with a collection of DIY apothecary jars, and have the free printable labels for you to download to make your own!
DIY Halloween Apothecary Jars
unlike many of the Halloween apothecary jars I’ve seen I decided to make my bottles matt black as it would allow me to use any small extra bottles I might have, and would save me the expense of finding decorative things to put in the bottle to represent what was printed on the label. To start, I set a collection of small cleaned bottles outdoors on a drop cloth so they could be painted.
For the bottles I used a huge mixture of things left over from my kitchen, so there are bottles from BBQ, cooking oils, and even a mini bottle of champagne. All the bottles had their labels removed while they were cleaned and then had two coats of Rust-oluem spray paint in matte black.
Using the template above, which includes labels for bottles of vampire blood, phoenix feather, dragon’s fire, wolfsbane, spider venom and hemlock I loaded the template file in Silhouette studio and set it to print the design on my printer, and then loaded the printed sheet to be cut with my Silhouette. If you don’t have a Silhouette you can download the PDF files which can be printed and then you would need to cut the designs by hand. Due to the curves on the labels I would recommend using a craft knife or x-acto knife to cut them out.
To add the label onto the bottle I used a glue stick, but if you printed your design on a thicker cardstock you could also use a spray glue. Once the label is has glue on it, simply position it in the middle of the bottle and presto your DIY apothecary bottle is done.
Here you can see a little Halloween vignette I did with my apothecary bottles, a book with title perfect for Halloween, a plastic skull I picked up at the dollar store and spray painted gold to make it extra glam.