Halloween Magic Potion Bottles

Halloween Magic Potion Bottles

I’ve been on a “revisiting old thrift store finds” kick lately- first that old magazine holder from 2015, and now this old spice rack (ALSO from 2015). This little ditty has been taking up space and gathering dust as a hobby for nearly two years- and with Halloween around the corner, I finally decided that it was long overdue for a revamp!

Vintage spice rack with glass bottles at the thrift store to be repurposed into DIY Halloween decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

He’s waited a LONG TIME to have his day in the spotlight…

It was in “ok” shape…the rack itself was missing two cross slats in the front, and the bottles had a motley assortment of caps (some glass, some plastic). Covered with ripped off labels and leftover sticky stuff from thrift store tape, it was a prime candidate for the overhaul I had in mind. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Vintage spice rack with glass bottles from the thrift store to be repurposed into DIY Halloween decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Assessing the situation…

“Spookifying” it for Halloween would have been a fun, but obvious, course of action to take. But- I’d already created spooky “poison” bottles several years ago. So, I decided to make Halloween décor fit for a wizard or sorcerer…by upcycling the spice jars into magic potion bottles instead. And to do that, I needed just the right paint(s) for the job…

Using color shift paint inside vintage spice bottles to repurpose and upcycle them into DIY magic potion bottles for Halloween by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I need a magical sorcerer’s touch for my magic potion bottles!

Here’s what I did- using 2 or 3 of my “magic” paints (and/or regular metallics), I dribbled paint randomly inside each now-clean-and-label-free bottle.

Using color shift paint inside vintage spice bottles to repurpose and upcycle them into DIY magic potion bottles for Halloween by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Will my idea work??

Then, after covering the opening with a folded paper towel, I shook and rolled beach bottle vigorously- to make sure the entire interior was covered in paint AND to also ensure some asymmetrical mixing and swirling of the colors occured. There- doesn’t that look magical?

Creating magic potion bottles with an upcycled vintage spice rack and specialty craft paint by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let us all ooh and ahh!!!

When all six had been swirled and whirled, I turned them upside-down on a baking rack to allow excess paint to drain out. And no worries about that baking rack- acrylic craft paint peels right off when it’s dry and I can run it through my dishwasher to sanitize!

Creating magic potion bottles with an upcycled vintage spice rack and specialty craft paint by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Love, love, LOVE!

And, of course, my magic potion bottles needed labels! I created some fun small labels (which are a free printable for YOU!), cut them out, and glued them to my potion bottles.

Adding labels to DIY magic potion bottles from an upcycled old spice rack from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let’s give these magic potion bottles some labels!

Adding labels to DIY magic potion bottles from an upcycled old spice rack from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

LOVE! (And it’s my very first free printable!)

Ok- we’re in the final repurposing stages now…! To give them a more uniform appearance, I swapped out the original mismatched tops for cork stoppers, and painted them with complementary colors.

Painting cork bottle stoppers to use in DIY vintage spice rack magic potion bottles Halloween decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I ditched the plastic tops for painted cork instead…

And for the rack itself, first, I pried off the two front slats and moved them lower (and I just re-hammered them in with the nails that came off with them). Then, I spray painted the whole rack white, lightly distressed it, and finished it off with a stormy-colored pickling wash.

Using pickling wash on the vintage spice rack to give it a weathered look by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

“Weathering” the magic potion bottles’ rack…

Ready for the reveal??

Ta-da! Magic potion bottles, at your service…

DIY Halloween magic potion bottles using a repurposed vintage spice rack and specialty color shift craft paint by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

How fantastic are these??

Aren’t those divine (if I do say so myself)? And it’s fun to create something for Halloween that is less frightful and more fantastical. It’s like having all my Merlin-Dumbledore-Gandalf dreams come true, right before my eyes…

DIY Halloween magic potion bottles using a repurposed vintage spice rack and specialty color shift craft paint by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

My sorcerer’s lair is now complete!

This is one of those projects that is truly fun to make…you simply don’t know how your magic potion bottles will come out, which is part of the fun!

And if you want any more Halloween inspiration, my full collection is easy to scroll through here!

Craft on!

S

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PIN ME!How to upcycle and repurpose a vintage spice rack into DIY magic potion bottles for fun Halloween decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. landsharkinnc says:

    looks terrific and wish I still had my old spice rack!! ditched it 10+ yeas ago!!

  2. Fonda Rush says:

    Nice project! Love the labels!!!

  3. So fun! The ingredient names are great too.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thanks, Jen!! I tried to keep this project as whimsical and non-scary as possible, following suit with the ingredient names. 🙂

  4. Rita Boocks says:

    Hey, Sadie, those bottles are awesome. Thanks for sharing. Love the paints, I have never seen those before! I have to look more closely at the paint section at Michaels.. my grandchildren will love them. Thanks again….. Nanny

  5. That is just adorable!!! I’ll never look at a thrift store spice set the same way again! I love it! So tell us how you got the smoky effect in that beaker thing and the other jar??

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thank you, Florence!! And it’s dry ice!! I bought some from the grocery store specifically for these photos. 🙂

  6. too fun ! luv your projects. always something unique and wonderful!

  7. Hi Sarah, I love your Halloween projects. Making bottles for my daughter. Got a red corked one that I glued spider web to the underside of the lid so when you open it, the “mist” comes, too! Suspended a tiny resin bat (friendly looking, darn) by fish line from the lid for Bat Wings. Thick and thin black pipe cleaners cut up for spider legs! Im just having TOO MUCH FUN! I like your paint; I wasted glue and a whole vial of glitter on one bottle for lousy results.

  8. Ohh, Ohh, I just printed your labels; my printer is almost out of colored ink and I got funky fading colors and stripes!!!! I’ve got floral petal shaped rhinestones for mermaid tears, eyelash yarn for leprechaun lashes (kids’ names are O’Malley, just perfect!), and cat hair for the gnomes! It’ll be great!! Has Cottonball donated any fur to your projects? He could donate Pegasus fur; my cats aren’t white!

  9. Theresa Sambrano says:

    These are soooooo cute! Love the colors!
    Theresa

  10. Oh these are just so fun! I love the colors all swirled in those bottles, and the rack’s finish is just perfect! These are great decorations for Harry Potter themed birthday parties, baby showers, and classrooms too!

  11. acraftymix says:

    Awesomeness Sarah!!! Those colors are really magikal. What did your pet Unicorn think? I’m sure he approves too.

  12. So cute! Thanks for sharing @ Vintage Charm!

  13. Jess Gregg says:

    I was trying to find color shift projects!!! These are stunning! So doing this. Thanks for the free printables, gives me a chance to use all that sticker paper ha ha not that I’m hoarder or anything ( eye roll here) but these bottles gave me some wicked (pardon the pun) inspiration for another idea! Thanks!!!!

  14. Your potion bottles are adorable and perfect on the spice rack. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle.

  15. Wouldn’t this be so fun with kids? Fun project.

    Thanks for linking up to Waste Not Wednesday!!!

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