Potion Bottles with Color Changing Paint and a Vintage Spice Rack

Potion Bottles with Color Changing Paint and a Vintage Spice Rack

I absolutely love coming up with new upcycling ideas and repurposed projects for Halloween decor. And this time, I decided to take a Harry Potter – inspired route with a vintage spice rack. I had this vision in my mind for potion bottles – like the kind you’d find in Hogwarts – and wanted to give my idea a go.

Vintage spice rack with glass spice jars at thrift store for upcycling into Harry Potter potion bottles

The vintage spice rack was missing two cross slats in the front, and the bottles had a motley assortment of caps (some glass, some plastic). The whole thing was covered with ripped off labels and leftover sticky stuff from thrift store tape.

So it was a prime candidate for the overhaul (i.e., potion bottles) I had in mind.

Upcycling idea for vintage spice rack to make the potion bottles with color changing paint for Harry Potter decor

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How to Make Potion Bottles with Color Changing Paint / Color Shift Paints

Since I had already created spooky “poison” bottles several years ago, I was excited to go in a “Halloween magic” direction with these glass spice bottles. And to do that, I needed just the right paint(s) for the job…

Color shift paints or color changing paint to use in glass spice jars to make the potion bottles

I had never worked with color changing paint or color shift paints before – but they just seemed PERFECT for my upcycling idea.

Color changing paint to use in glass spice jars as potion bottles or Harry Potter potion bottles

Here’s what I did- using 2 or 3 of the color shift paints (and/or regular metallic craft paint), I dribbled paint randomly inside each glass spice jar / bottle.

Pouring the color shift paints in spice jars to make the Harry Potter bottles or potion bottles

Then, after covering the opening of the bottle with a folded paper towel, I shook and rolled beach bottle vigorously. This way, I could make sure that the entire interior was covered in paint AND to also ensure some asymmetrical mixing and swirling of the colors occurred.

There- doesn’t that look magical and Harry Potter – esque?

Color shift paint in a glass spice jar as potion bottles or Harry Potter party decor and Halloween

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!

Pouring out extra paint for Halloween craft to make the potion bottles or Harry Potter bottles

Finishing Up the Harry Potter Potion Bottles with Halloween Labels

Of course, the potion bottles needed labels of some sort. So, I created some fun small labels (which are a free printable for YOU!), cut them out, and glued them to Harry Potter bottles.

Potion bottle labels or Halloween labels for potion bottles and free printable

And just like that, I had a set of potion bottles that were perfect for Halloween magic decor or a Harry Potter party. The color changing paint was PERFECT for this, and the labels were an excellent finishing touch.

Harry Potter potion bottles with color shift paints and a vintage spice rack

Next, I needed to re-cap the potion bottles. To give them a more uniform appearance, I swapped out the original mismatched tops for cork stoppers. I continued to use the color shift paints on the cork stoppers, as well.

Painting the cork stoppers to match the potion bottles with color changing paint

And for the rack itself, first, I pried off the two front slats and moved them lower. I simply re-hammered them in with the nails that came off with them.

Then, I spray painted the whole spice rack white, lightly distressed it, and finished it off with a stormy-colored pickling wash.

Painting a vintage spice rack for Harry Potter potion bottles or Halloween magic decor

Potion Bottles / Harry Potter Bottles from a Vintage Spice Rack

And that was the last step – my vintage spice rack and had been completely transformed into a set of potion bottles. Aren’t they fabulous and fun? Not spooky or creepy at all for Halloween decor.

Potion bottles for a Harry Potter party or Halloween decor using the color shift paints

Whether you love Harry Potter…Merlin…Gandalf…or some other mythical, magical character, these would fit right in to that fantasy. You could even use these potion bottles for a Halloween Mad Scientist theme, too.

Potion bottles with color changing paint and a vintage spice rack for Halloween magic and Harry Potter party by Sadie Seasongoods

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

And if you enjoyed this upcycling idea, then you’ll love this Book of Spells / Halloween Spell Books for Harry Potter inspired Halloween decor, too!

Halloween decor with a Book of Spells or Book of Shadows that started as a thrift store book and old yearbooks by Sadie Seasongoods

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  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!

  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!!!

  16. How do the colors “shift”? I assume that means they change colors? I had a t-shirt that changed colors according to your body temp. Do these work the same way? tfs

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      It’s something in the pigments, almost like a hologram. Definitely not heat-related. Think of it like an opal – if you hold it one way, you see a certain color. Turn your hand slightly and the color changes.


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