If you missed the last one, we shared how to make a Creepy Toe Pincher Coffin.
Today, we're showing off our DIY Labeled Potion Collection with Display Box. From the wooden stained tray to the little labels on each jar, this box of potions is a fun and easy addition to add to your spooky Halloween decor this year.
I was originally inspired by my No.9 Potion bottle from a couple years back, but wanted to take this idea to a totally different level, by concocting a bunch of new "potions" and gathering them together, to give my new entryway table a "mad scientists lab/shop" type look.
Here's how we did it:
We used our favorite pre-cut wood again, from Lowe's, cut our pieces down to the sizes we needed, stained them with Cabot's Aged Leather wood finish, used a pin nailer to assemble the whole thing, and then lined the bottom with a small piece of some leftover high-end wrapping paper that I had picked up a few weeks back when I did our DIY scattered herringbone framed art project.
After that was done, I started working on the little labels that would go around the bottles, to describe what they each were. The process was very similar to our candy labels from two years ago.
Cason and I started out by making up names for each potion bottle, complete with a brief description. Here's what we came up with. You can print these out and use them for yourself, or come up with your own!
Once I had them printed out on regular computer paper, I just crumpled the whole thing up, until it looked worn out. Then I used some antique linen Distress Ink and lightly rubbed the top of the paper with it, so that it got on the peaks of each wrinkle. This gives it sort of a dirty, old look. After that I cut up each potion, ripped the edges, and then mounted them on some brown wrapping paper I found at Target for about $2.00. The last thing I did was go back in with some more Distress Ink, like the vintage photo color, and barely tip the outside edges, so that they almost looked burnt. You could also use a match or lighter, like we did on our candy labels, but these were pretty small and I didn't want to risk scorching any fingers :)
All that was left to do was poke a small hole through each labels end, string some twine through, and you're done!
My advice, is to leave your jars empty until after your labels are on. That way, if you need to adjust anything for decorating reasons, because of bottle or container heights, you won't have to dump out any "potions" or redo colors for anything.
NOTE: We simply used food coloring for our potions, a small bag of skeleton hands for our "extremities" that we had leftover from our coffin project, and dry white beans in different sizes for our "resurrection stones". The glass ball that those are in came from Zgallerie, and the sand timer hourglass came from HomeGoods.
I'm excited to post the full reveal of our Halloween decor on Wednesday. I'm really happy with how it turned out, and even MORE excited that I barely spent anything to make it happen!
Most of our decor are just the items that we've recycled from the last couple of years, or little things we've picked up for a few dollars; so I promise, everything is pretty budget-friendly. It's been fun trying to create a totally different look with most of the stuff we already had, and I can't wait to show you!