I've decided that I have a rather odd relationship with Halloween.
On the one hand, I DON'T do scary--no scary movies, haunted houses, haunted corn mazes, creepy games, any of that stuff. Don't like it.
On the other hand, I really quite like old, eerie, suspenseful stuff. I like Edgar Allan Poe. I like the idea of ravens and old books and cobwebs. I like the idea of old bottles filled with creepy things, either for the sake of creepiness or for "witches brews" as my kids call it. You know, "bone powder," "graveyard dirt," "spider hairs," etc. Typical potion stuff.
So, this year my girls and I made some of our own "creepy" Halloween bottles.
These bottles are a snap to make too.
1. The biggest part is just collecting the bottles. I knew I wanted to do this a whole year ago, so I've just been saving some of the random glass bottles I acquired: containers from maple syrup, fancy balsamic vinegars, spices, apple sauce, raspberry sauce (too bad Costco isn't carrying that anymore, boy howdy it was good), roasted red peppers, stuff like that.
2. Prepping the bottles. Some of the bottles I wanted to paint black just to add variety. Some I tried painting a pewter gray, but I didn't like how they turned out, so we didn't use those or painted them black instead. This was the kids' job, and they were oh-so-happy to do it. The rest I just made sure were clean and dry.
3. Acquiring the labels. For this, I just did some searches on Pinterest and Google to find free "creepy Halloween bottle" printables. There are some really great ones out there! I mixed and matched to get a variety of styles. I figured I wanted it to look like a REAL witch's stash--collected over time and all, you know? :)
Anyway, find some labels, print on regular paper and cut them out.
4. Whip out the Mod Podge to adhere the labels to the bottles. I put a layer of Mod Podge on the bottle, then the label, and then I added another layer of Mod Podge to the top. This worked fantastically, but on the black containers it did result in a noticeable sheen difference between the Mod Podged area and the matte black of the bottle. No biggy though. Maybe the witch meant to do that....
And you are done! As long as your labels are found and printed out ahead of time, it is a very easy fun project to do with your kids, and frankly, I love how it turned out. :)