Pick Your Poison: Spooky Halloween Bottles

Pick Your Poison: Spooky Halloween Bottles

Years ago, I picked up some old pharmacy bottles at an antique shop in Elloree, South Carolina. Since I’m a biologist Monday-Friday and Sadie on the weekends, I couldn’t resist their “Mad Scientist” appeal for Halloween décor.

Antique medicine bottles from antiques store repurposed as Halloween decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Perfectly spooky!

So, when I stumbled across some really inexpensive “dug” bottles at a charity rummage sale ($0.25 each), it dawned on me that I could make my OWN vintage-y poison bottles. These bottles were covered in clumps of southern red mud, with cracks in the glass, and their lids rusted shut… in other words, they were perfect. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Dug or Found bottles to be repurposed as DIY spooky poison bottles for Halloween decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

DIY! DIY! DIY! (yes, I’m chanting)

I gave them a quick wipe down (exterior only) simply to avoid covering my living room and mantle with dug bottle flotsam.

Dug or Found bottles to be repurposed as DIY spooky poison bottles for Halloween decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Outside is clean…but I left the inside as-is…

At the same time, I hopped online in search of label options. I thought I’d need to print my own, but oh the wonder of Etsy! I found all sorts of unused apothecary labels for sale, and snapped some up.

Dead stock or Never Used Antique Vintage Poison Labels for spooky DIY Halloween bottles decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

These will be perfect!

**Don’t worry if you can’t find genuine vintage labels- OR if you’d rather have pre-made stickers. These Halloween labels would be awfully fun…and these apothecary jar labels are fantastic! Or, you could create personalized “poison” labels with some chalkboard label stickers and a white chalk marker!

Since these were actual labels, they were easily affixed to the bottles with some water. Moments later, I had an entire series of creepy DIY “poison” bottle décor!

DIY spooky poison bottles using found dug bottles and vintage dead stock poison labels for Halloween decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

So awesome!

DIY spooky poison bottles using found dug bottles and vintage dead stock poison labels for Halloween decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Seriously, the easiest, coolest Halloween project ever.

And oh, I just love the antidote information on them- check out the remedies for chloroform, black leaf, and copper sulfate.

DIY spooky poison bottles using found dug bottles and vintage dead stock poison labels for Halloween decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Yeesh…(not to be confused with Yes)

If you don’t or can’t find grubby old bottles like these, some new bottles would be perfect! My craft-beer-loving husband of Norwegian descent had picked up this fancy bottle of “Viking Blod” beer. The bottle is black ceramic- definitely a keeper!! And perfect for this poison bottle craft.

DIY spooky poison bottles using beer bottles and vintage dead stock poison labels for Halloween decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A different form of recycling!

Pretty cool, huh?

Check out my mad scientist’s laboratory mantlescape!

DIY spooky poison bottles using found dug bottles and vintage dead stock poison labels for Halloween decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da! Ready for my mantel.

Fun tip- if you want to DIY with printable labels, did you know that cow’s milk is a great adhesive? Used sparingly, the proteins in the milk will bind the paper to glass- it’s a secret of homebrewers across the country! Just don’t use too much or it might get stinky.

And if you’re looking for more Repurposed/Upcycled Halloween project ideas, check out my full collection here!

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. Your display is spooky. You took advantage of the condition of the bottles and they look perfect. Yeesh is right!

  2. What a fantastic collection of bottles for Halloween! And to have only paid a quarter each for the bottles, they were an incredibly frugal project. Love it!

  3. Absolutely fabulous!

  4. Super awesome blog post! Just wanted to invite you to recipe and DIY craft Link party Thursdays-Sundays for our celebration! I’m excited to see what you’ll bring. Feel free to submit 3 of your your own creations that are recipes or crafts.
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  5. Thank you so much for attending week 8 of #PureBlogLove and linking your fantastic blog post. I would definitely think twice before touching any of those bottles! You did such an amazing job! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for our party next week Thursday 8 PM EST- Sundays at midnight. Your post has been added to the #PureBlogLove Pinterest board for all to see 🙂 Have a great day!
    Nicole
    http://picnicnz.blogspot.co.nz/

  6. distresseddonna says:

    Super- creepy bottles – love the authentic labels. I did not know about the milk trick. Thank you for sharing this at Make It Monday.

  7. Great bottles,,,,would love to see how your decor looked! Thanks for the milk tip!

  8. Thanks for coming and linking up at #TheWeekendSocial. Please be sure to come back this week starting Thursday at 9PM EST on KitchenDreaming.com ! I hope to see you there! Pinned

  9. super cool and spooky!! I love the bottles and they are perfect for a Halloween poison display!! I haven”t heard of cow milk glue but pretty neat 🙂

  10. I just bought some vintage poison labels from one of my IG friends for this project! And I have TONS of bottles waiting for a makeover!

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