Oct 17, 2012

Thrifty Spook: Potion Jars

What witch could mix 
a magical concoction 
without a bottle or two
near her cauldron?


Remember our inexpensive Halloween decor last year? We decided to set up a table full of elixirs & enchantments fit for any witches spell. It was low budget in that we gathered jars from our pantry/local thrift store then printed labels offline. Since we've had a whole year to accumulate more jars, we took the potion concept & ran with it.

Here's a sampling of some ingredients! You'll find a list of links to every label (some not pictured) we used. Whether you use a few or use them all, you can set up a display, large or small!

Since this is a thrifty Halloween we naturally got creative & filled each bottle with things that we found around the house. We're fond of the adage "Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, or Do without!"


 







Potion Sign from Hostess With the Mostess
Zombie Brains (Cauliflower Head Brushed in Undiluted Food Coloring) from Hostess With the Mostess
Bone Dust (Crushed Mints) from Hostess With the Mostess
Toxic Bat Droppings (Cocoa Krispies) from Hostess With the Mostess 
Owlet's Wing (Wispy Branch from Outside) from The Graphics Fairy
Charmed Morsels (Cinnamon Baking Chips) from The Graphics Fairy
Web of Spider (Halloween Webbing) from The Graphics Fairy
Love Potion (Colored Water) from The Graphics Fairy
Witches Brew (Colored Water) from The Graphics Fairy
Eye of Newt from Karen Cookie Jar
Root of Hemlock (A Weed From Outside) from Karen Cookie Jar
Scale of Dragon (Rice) from Karen Cookie Jar
Belladonna Apothecary Labels from Country Living
Curare Apothecary Labels from Country Living
Arsenic Apothecary Labels from Country Living
Hemlock Apothecary Labels from Country Living
Shadow Powder (Spices from Cabinet) from Beady Eyed Brat
Phoenix Tears (Colored Water) Blank Label from Beady Eyed Brat
Graveyard Dust (Vacuum Dust) from Love Manor flickr page
Twisted Twigs (Sticks) from Love Manor flickr page
Bottled Swamp Fog (Condensation from Steamy Bathroom) from Love Manor flickr page
Life Renewal Potion from Love Manor flickr page
Moon Dust (Beach Sand) from Love Manor flickr page
Vampire Blood (Watered Down BBQ Sauce) from Love Manor flickr page
Poison (2 parts Water, 1 part Oil, Food Coloring, Alka Seltzer tabs) from Love Manor flickr page
Venom (Shampoo) from Love Manor flickr page
Fur of Werewolf (Cut Up Halloween Webbing Dredged in Cinnamon) from Love Manor flickr page
Toadstool Clippings (Smashed Up Pinecone) from Love Manor flickr page
Petrified Butterflies from Love Manor flickr page
Butterflies (For Inside Petrified Butterflies Jar) from Secondsister Suaviloquy
Snake Oil (Grass Reeds in Colored Water) from Love Manor flickr page
Scary Dreams (Empty) from Crafty's Cuppa Coffee
Dragon Bone (Oyster Shell) from Crafty's Cuppa Coffee
Deadly Nightshade (Empty) from Crafty's Cuppa Coffee
Warlock Root (Weed from Outside) from Crafty's Cuppa Coffee
Shrunken Head (From Dollar Store) Specimen Jar Label from Dave Lowe Design
Peddler's Brain (From Dollar Store) Specimen Jar Label from Dave Lowe Design
Witch Fingers (From Dollar Store) from Lil' Luna Guest-Posting at Mommy By Day Crafter By Night
Dash of Devastation  (Pods from Outside) Blank Label from Lil' Luna Guest-Posting at Mommy By Day Crafter By Night
Flesh of a Hangman (Bandaids) Blank Label from Lil' Luna Guest-Posting at Mommy By Day Crafter By Night
Myra Mains, Doug M. Upp, Justin Pieces (Dirt) Apothecary Bottle Labels from World Label
Faerie Hearts (Dried Cranberries Plumped Up in Hot Water) Blank Label from Celeste Rockwood-Jones
Virgins Screams (Empty Jar) Blank Label from Celeste Rockwood-Jones
Decomposing Eels (Pretzel Rods in Water) from Celeste Rockwood-Jones
Luna Moth Larvae (Uncooked Orzo Pasta) from Secondsister Suaviloquy
Witches Moles (Tree Berries) from Secondsister Suaviloquy




Don't forget to have a great day on purpose! (Come back tomorrow to see all of our Halloween decor in one spot!)