Craft Night with Friends

I don't blog much and when I do, it is all over the map. I like to explore and create and do a bit of almost everything. Blogging is my weakness for sure, and not in a good way, but I wanted to share these little creations that I made last night during a craft night with my friends. 

WITCHES' POTIONS BOTTLES

WITCHES' POTIONS BOTTLES

With nothing more than a few empty plastic jars and a few misc. supplies laying around, I put together these jars of potions. The original idea came from a Pinterest post that gave me the idea for the spiders:  PINTEREST SPIDER IDEA

I made 3 Potion Bottles: One for "Spiders", One for "Eyes of Newts" and "Warts". These are the plastic jars that I started with: A mayo jar, an aspirin jar (note the child safety cap - an added bonus for later), a coffee jar. Washed and removed the labels. 

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Then an idea! Alphabet pasta would make GREAT lettering for the lid of the Newt Eyes. Hahaha!

I decided the Newt Eyes would be pickled. 

I decided the Newt Eyes would be pickled. 

The next thing to do was to visualize how I wanted the finish products to look and start thinking about what I had on hand already. I didn't want to spend extra money on this project, so I dug through my cupboards. I found some brown spray paint and some tape and stickers. I taped, wrapped and used stickers on my bottles to mask where the paint was going to go and to create raised lettering with the stickers and by gluing the pasta on to the lid of the newt eyes jar. I used hot glue to form the word, "Warts" and make bumps to simulate more warts. 

Ready to paint!

Ready to paint!

I coated everything in a layer of brown spray paint. I sprayed some other stone-finish black paint here and there and sponged some white and black paint around to make them look more decrepit. Some of the paint cracked and globbed as it interacted with each other, but that was fine, the messier - the better, to get the beat-up ancient look! Then I started to embellish. I used a sleeve made from the stiff clear plastic sheet that the craft stickers came on and glued google eyes to it for the newt jar. I made another for the spider jar. The reason for the sleeves, it made a hollow in the center of the jar to lower in a small battery powered votive candle to make those jars into little lights. I WOULD NOT USE A REAL CANDLE IN THESE - EVER! I used moss to tuck around the lid of the wart bottle, dried beans inside so it rattles - remember the child-protective cap on the aspirin bottle? Now the little ones can't open it to let the beans bounce all over your floors! I also glued a wine cork to the top to make the lid more interesting. There is no light in my wart bottle. Cotton balls and $1 Store plastic spiders fill the perimeter around the plastic sleeve in the spider bottle, so I don't waste a lot of my cosmetic supplies. 

WARTS. Rattles from dry beans. 

WARTS. Rattles from dry beans. 

SPIDERS. Battery light. (Notice the "Eggs" at the top, that I had with stickers before I painted, didn't come out right, so I just painted over that part. I don't think you would have noticed, if I didn't point it out! Messy and mistakes are okay!)

SPIDERS. Battery light. (Notice the "Eggs" at the top, that I had with stickers before I painted, didn't come out right, so I just painted over that part. I don't think you would have noticed, if I didn't point it out! Messy and mistakes are okay!)

NEWT EYES. You can see the top - the pasta lettering. Battery light. 

NEWT EYES. You can see the top - the pasta lettering. Battery light. 

NEWT EYES. Inside the bottle you can see the google eyes glued to the clear plastic sleeve. I also tucked some moss down in the sleeve to give it a bit of underwater look. 

NEWT EYES. Inside the bottle you can see the google eyes glued to the clear plastic sleeve. I also tucked some moss down in the sleeve to give it a bit of underwater look. 

I finished most of them by wrapping the lids in some jute twine to cover the lettering on the plastic lids. 

I mostly just used what I had on hand and borrowed some paint from my friends at our craft night. So this fun little project cost me virtually nothing, was fun to do. 
I hope you like them.

I know two little girls who I am going to gift these to for Halloween! 

What is the most favorite Halloween decoration that you have ever made?