Decorate Halloween Potion Bottles with Paint

I made these Halloween potion bottles from old product packaging and inexpensive shaped pieces that caught my eye.  You see, I am a scaredy-cat.  I freely admit to hating scary movies, haunted houses, anything with blood, and all monsters scarier than Grover from Sesame Street.  So when I decorate for Halloween, I stick to fun. Now I can have fanciful Halloween decor without jumping every time I walk into a room.

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These Halloween potion bottles fit the scare-free category perfectly.  The matte black bottles contrast with the sparkly silver buckles (inspired by witch’s shoes) and look mystical instead of creepy. With just a wave of your magic spray can and a little embellishment Hocus Pocus, you can make potion bottles in under 15 minutes.

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Gather funky shaped bottles.

How to Make Halloween Potion Bottles:

First, I started with a variety of funky glass and plastic bottles I have collected.  Some bottles are old craft product packaging, one is from a candle I never burned, and one is an old vinegar bottle.  The glass candlestick will add height and interest to one of the bottles after painting. (Savings tip: keep clean, empty food jars and find great shaped bottles at dollar-type stores to fill in.)

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Spray paint all parts using matte black.

Two coats of matte black spray paint with primer gave the bottles exactly the look I wanted. It works well for both glass and plastic, so you only need one product for everything.  Once the paint has dried completely, glue any parts together using E6000 adhesive.

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Silver leaf chipboard squares to resemble witch shoe buckles.

While the paint was drying, I made my silver “buckles” using premade chipboard squares.  You could also cut or punch your own using square craft punches if you don’t have premade ones handy.  A Krylon Silver Leafing Pen quickly and easily gave the chipboard squares their metallic look.

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Make a charm decoration with a wire loop.

I also wired together a little metal frog, some crystal-looking beads, and a black craft feather to make a “charm” with a loop, then threaded it on some black fiber and hung it from one of the bottles.  The No. 9 was written directly on the painted bottle with the leafing pen, and the buckles glued on.  A few extra pieces of twine and fiber wrapped around other bottles completed my Halloween potions.

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Finished Halloween potion bottles.

That’s it!  Non-scary, Magical Halloween Potions in minutes!  See my Halloween Tutorials for more Halloween DIY fun.

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  1. They turned out great. I have a box of the same sized bottles that I picked up at a yard sale so have been looking for inspiration for those. Great job!