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Halloween Potion Bottles from Recycled Containers

Learn how to make these cool Halloween potion bottles from old pill bottles! You’ll get free printables in this post, too.

Learn how to make these cool Halloween potion bottles from old pill bottles! Grab free printables in this post, a bottle of Mod Podge, and some paint.

Steve saves everything. I’m not as big of a fan of saving things, but he can picture the use he’s going to have for them. He takes pills for his heart condition, and as a TON of leftover bottles . . . which he’s been saving for crafts for quite awhile.

For Halloween this year, he decided to create these recycled potion bottles out of those old pill bottles! And the real treat is that he created some printable labels you can use with your potion bottles! Fun, huh?

You just need to print these bad boys out, some paint, Mod Podge, and get your craft on. Learn how to make them just in time for the holiday below!

DIY Potion Bottles for Halloween

Gather These Supplies

Sanding old pill bottles

Here are the pill bottles that we started with on the left. The labels were very easy to peel off because the surface of the bottles were smooth. Having said that, the smoothness can cause a problem with paint.

You have two options: 1) use a spray paint made for plastics or 2) rough up the surface of your bottles before painting.

I have tons of acrylic paint and don’t enjoy necessarily purchasing something EVERY time I want to do a project – especially with the stash of paint I have!

Painted pill bottles with black paint

After the bottles are roughed up (or using the spray paint), add black to the base. Paint the lids medium gray. The lids don’t need to be roughed up because they will probably have textured ridges and printed letters on the top. Let dry.

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Print up your pill bottle labels printable sheet. If you choose the full sheet labels, you’re going to need a 1 1/2″ circle punch as well.

Also make sure to do a test if you purchased the 1 1/2″ circle labels . . . I can’t guarantee your brand is going to work with our printable sheet!

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Brush your bottle with Mod Podge. This helps secure the label and even more importantly, keeps the paint from chipping on your bottle! You may have sanded or used spray paint, but an errant fingernail can chip paint off.

Use the Mod Podge for protection! You can also use the Antique Matte Mod Podge to add a little antiquing to your project.

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Start distressing with the medium and light gray shades. You’ll brush randomly with a stencil brush. Just play around, layering as you see fit, even going onto the label.

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Do this with the lid as well. AND on the lid you’ll want to add some of the FolkArt Painted Finishes – Rust. It gives texture and looks like blood/rust/some other identified substance. What a spooky touch!

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Finally, put a little black over the rust to age it even more. To finish, paint the entire bottle with Mod Podge to seal. Let them all dry.

Learn how to make these cool Halloween potion bottles from old pill bottles! Grab free printables in this post, a bottle of Mod Podge, and some paint.

These potion bottles will make a perfect addition to a spooky display!

Learn how to make these cool Halloween potion bottles from old pill bottles! Grab free printables in this post, a bottle of Mod Podge, and some paint.

Are you partial to poison, toad’s feet, rat tail, or essence of evil? Let me know in the comments! Happy Halloween!

Learn how to make these cool Halloween potion bottles from old pill bottles! Grab free printables in this post, a bottle of Mod Podge, and some paint.

Potion Bottles

Yield: 6 bottles
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1

Learn how to make Halloween potion bottles using recycled materials! This is one of the most popular pill bottle crafts.

Materials

Tools

  • Paintbrushes (and a stencil brush)
  • Sandpaper or scrubbing pad
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Paint the pill bottles the color of your choice. Use either spray paint for plastic, or use sandpaper to rough up the surface of the bottles before painting with acrylic paint. Let dry.
  2. Paint the lids with gray acrylic paint and let dry.
  3. Print out the pill bottle labels; cut or punch out.
  4. Place the labels on the bottles and seal with Mod Podge. This will prevent the labels from removing and the paint from chipping. Let dry.
  5. Start distressing with the medium and light gray shades. Brush randomly with a stencil brush, layering, even going onto the label.
  6. Do this with the lid as well. AND on the lid you'll want to add some of the FolkArt Painted Finishes - Rust. It gives texture and looks like blood/rust/some other identified substance.
  7. Add a little black paint to the top of the rust to age it even more. Let dry.
  8. Paint the entire bottle again with Mod Podge to seal. Let dry.

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Linda at Mixed Kreations

Saturday 29th of October 2016

What a fun way to reuse empty bottles. These look really cool! Now I'm going to have to start saving bottles.

Maria Hoffbeck

Saturday 29th of October 2016

Love your idea, its great Halloween bottles :-) I do some Halloween makeup and nails and other Things at my blog.

Wish you a lovely weekend and Halloween:-)