How to Make a Love Potion Apothecary Bottle - Cheap Chic Demo
DIY love potion in bottle.
Let's give new life to old glass the fast, fun and frugal way.
Have you ever received a bottle of something and fell in love with the bottle more than what was in it?
This article will show you how to give an old bottle new life.
In this case, the love potion apothecary bottle you see in the introductory picture began life as a Christmas gift for my husband.
It was a bottle of Petron tequila.
The second he brought it home from work I knew I wanted to do something with the bottle. I didn't want to drink the tequila. Sorry, it's kind of harsh really.
About two years later saw it finally get opened. Our neighbor mentioned he wanted to give it a try, so the three of us chilled it and did a few shots. I can't say I liked it. I do love the shape of the bottle.
Let's see exactly how this bottle of most harsh spirits went from kick your butt to cute and cuddly. It was so easy.
Love potions have been around as long as love itself.
Love potions are mentioned in texts going back throughout the ages.
Shakespeare wrote of them. They can be seen in ancient cultures from Egypt to Greece, Babylonia and many, many others.
They don't usually work out well for anyone.
Apothecary bottles have gone from dusty on the shelf to display of the day.
I love the apothecary bottle look in decorating. Most especially, I'm loving the idea of using it in the bathroom.
Like most gals, I love the bath salts, scented oils, bubbles, beads, you name it.
I can't say they are very attractive sitting on the side of my garden tub.
Being as how I also love crafting and saving things from ending up buried in an already overcrowded landfill, I've decided to make a few of these to display all my bubbly delights in more attractive way than the funky plastic they tend to come in.
You can easily do one just like this or take the instructions and apply them to any look you want really.
The clear gem stones will reflect the colors around them.
The materials needed are pretty common.
What would look awesome in this kind of DIY love potion bottle?
- Bath salts
- Body glitter
- Bubble bath
- Bath beads
What is needed to make the love potion apothecary bottle?
The materials needed are really common. The glass, as stated, was a Petron bottle that is being given a new purpose.
On top of that, the outside of the bottle has one temporary tattoo, black, silver and pink ribbon, sticker hearts, peel and stick gem hearts, and one pronged gem stud.
A little Mod Podge and some paint rounded it out and sealed everything up.
On the inside of the bottle, hairspray holds silver, gold and pink glitter in place so it doesn't get into the bath salts. They were made with Epsom salts, Love Spell scented oil and red food coloring.
You could use any kind of glass jar or bottle with a lid, cap or cork you want. Just be sure its really clean and free of cracks or chips.
What's better for a love potion than a heart shaped bottle?
I wish I had this bottle. I love collecting bottles and old glass. The shape here makes this totally perfect for this project.
The cork being flat on the top makes it very easy to decorate. Further, I love the rather chunky glass at the base. It will be sturdy and not something easily knocked over.
Spray, sprinkle, shake and the glitter look is a done deal.
There are two ways to get the glitter on the inside of the bottle.
I used hairspray. It was just sprayed in the bottle. Glitter was sprinkled in and shaken all about. Hairspray is a great cheap cheat for solid contents only. I would not use it for things like lotion because being water based, it will melt and the glitter will get into the mix.
If you plan to use liquid or think you might want to in the future, spray acrylic into the bottle as a sealant. If using spray acrylic, do it outside. It stinks like you just would not believe but it works great and makes a permanent seal.
Cut the temporary tattoo out of the sheet.
Pull the film, lay it down, wet, rub and voila, instant pictures.
How far out of the box will your inner crafty take you?
Would you use temporary tattoos in a craft project?
How to get temporary tattoo art on glass fast and easy.
As adults, we don't tend to think of temporary tattoos as much more than fun for kids, stocking stuffing options, maybe gift bag filling components at parties.
I've fallen madly and deeply in love with these things.
Not for the purpose they were intended for, of course, but since I figured out they go onto pretty much any clean glass surface easier than they do on skin, I'm all gaga for temporary tats.
Just as much as I love the crafting cornucopia of art options, I've got to sing the praises of the price.
You can get a package of these things containing many images for less than a dollar.
In fact, strangely enough, I have found the cheaper they are, the easier they go on.
These were found in the kid's party section of Wal-Mart on sale for a quarter.
I also really like the Ed Hardy brand of which these are not. Ed Hardy temporary tattoos tend to cost more.
However, at times they can be found in large fun packs and those are really worth it because they are just loaded with images.
They are thicker and harder to get on perfectly but the artwork is spectacular.
They just take more water, rubbing and patience to apply.
Tattoos are great for decorating glass.
This is a fun set to get your tattoo bank started.
While it may be made for kids, personally I love how many you get for the money. They are really cute. One could do dozens of projects off this one box.
I'm not a huge fan of tattoos on children, but for crafty fun, it's all gravy covered fun in the sun.
Hairspray works on glass better than hair.
Use hairspray to seal the art on the glass for now.
After you gently lift up the now wet paper backing, the tattoo will slide around really easy, too easily. If you barely touch it, it's toast.
Not to worry. This is an easy and quick fix. Carefully dab the edges with a dish towel if any moisture remains and grab up some hairspray.
Give it three or four quick spurts and it's sealed well enough to easily work around.
After the wet art is done, it's time to glue on the rest of our bottle decorations.
I used a hot glue gun for this. The peel and stick gem stones came for about seventy five cents or so for a bag full of them mixed with flowers and stars. While they stick well to some things, glass is not one of them.
Use a drop or two of hot glue to make sure they stay where you put them or they will slide down. The other hearts are puffy stickers made by Sticko brand.
One could go clear on the finish at this stage and have a nice piece.
Cut, staple, stick and glue the ribbons for the top of the bottle.
There's nothing to it but to hot glue it.
Ribbons finish off the love potion bottle.
One thin strand of pink ribbon was glued around the top of the bottle just under the lid.
The ribbons on the side were all put together and then glued on as a unit. The pink and silver ribbon are both material while the black ribbon is the kind used for gift wrapping.
The reason for using gift wrap ribbon verses cloth is that it holds a curl much better without added product. To get fabric ribbon to hold a curl, if you wanted, you could use a curling iron and then seal with Stiffy brand sealant.
Once the ribbons were cut, they were stapled together just to hold them securely. Then, a pink pronged gem stud was attached with hot glue.
The entire ribbon assemblage was then glued to the side of the bottle. It wraps around the top, just under the lid. The stud itself requires a good bit of glue but the ribbon just takes a small drop.
To the ends of a few ribbons were glued on more of the clear heart shaped peel and stick stones.
The pointy part of the cork top is a glued on bead
The next step in making the love potion bottle is the cork.
To be sure the top matched the bottle, the same color glitter was used as was used on the bottle itself.
It's mostly pink but there is also some gold and silver. The glitter sticks to Mod Podge really well.
It doesn't take too long to dry but I would recommend doing a few coats just to be sure no funky cork shows through in the end.
Paint on a little glitter here and there and you're done!
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Lastly, seal it all up to be sure nothing moves.
You have some choices here. One could go with just Mod Podge, matte or glossy, to get a great seal and finish.
Alternatively, for a somewhat frosted look, one could mix Mod Podge and glitter paint.
For this bottle, I mixed matte finish Mod Podge, pink paint and silver glitter paint. To be totally honest, I think it came out too dark. I did three coats. In hindsight, I think I should have called it a day at one.
The more Mod Podge used in the mix, the more see through the finish will be.
Acts of creation in modern life.
Do you like to create things, songs, crafts, gardens, anything?
Making things is a great way to express your inner creativity.
Not so long ago, people made things almost everyday. Now, so many of us go through life never knowing the joy of creating anything, programmed to spend, spend, spend. Who needs the aggravation, expense and hassle of the mall? Not me.
Whatever you do, try making something, anything. You may find the process and feeling experienced during the act of creation worth much more than anything you can find at the mall, no matter how your project comes out. What ever you decide to do, go for it and enjoy the ride.
© 2014 Rhonda Lytle