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How to Make a Love Potion Apothecary Bottle - Cheap Chic Demo

Updated on September 4, 2014

DIY love potion in bottle.

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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.

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The materials needed are pretty common.

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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?

Heart Shaped Glass Jar Favor Bottle with Cork, 3-1/4-Inch by Party Spin
Heart Shaped Glass Jar Favor Bottle with Cork, 3-1/4-Inch by Party Spin

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.

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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.

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Pull the film, lay it down, wet, rub and voila, instant pictures.

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How far out of the box will your inner crafty take you?

Would you use temporary tattoos in a craft project?

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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.

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This is a fun set to get your tattoo bank started.

Savvi Glitter4Girls Temporary Tattoos Kit
Savvi Glitter4Girls Temporary Tattoos Kit

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.

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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.

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Cut, staple, stick and glue the ribbons for the top of the bottle.

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There's nothing to it but to hot glue it.

To get the curls on the black gift wrap ribbon, carefully pull the edge of your scissors across it while holding it tightly with your finger.
To get the curls on the black gift wrap ribbon, carefully pull the edge of your scissors across it while holding it tightly with your finger.

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

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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?

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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

Guys and gals what are your thoughts on temporary tattoos in crafts? How about upcycle crafting?

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ Ann1Az2 - Thank you so much. I hope you have fun re-purposing the bottles. I'm so bad, when I go shopping now I can't help but consider what I can do with the container after whatever product it contains is gone :). God bless and most happy craft projects.

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      This gave me some ideas of what to do with some unique bottles I have - thanks for the ideas. Well done and voted up.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ Vellur - Thank you so much for the comment. You're right. We've become conditioned to just grabbing whatever we want or need at the closest store. So little is unique now. It's fun to make things yourself sometimes. God bless and most happy projects.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ vocalcoach - Thank you :). It was fun. God bless and may all of your projects be successful.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Great guide to making an love potion apothecary bottle. The bottle is beautiful! Nowadays we just pop into a store to buy things rather than make it ourselves.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Love this hub and learning how to decorated apothecary bottles and such. You are so sweet to share your talents. Will share this and thanks.

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      Lionrhod 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi again Rhonda, just published my "better than a love potion" hub. It's going through QAP now and will hopefully be available to you soon.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ Lionrhod - Thank you very much. The hairspray is great for a seal. If you want to be able to ensure holding up after washing, in hotter water and so forth, try a few shots of acrylic or even adding clear drying glue to the paint too.

      I'd be interested to see what's coming that works better than a potion too :).

      God bless and most happy craft projects.

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      Lionrhod 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Beautiful bottle and a great idea!

      I especially loved your tip on hairspray. I've been doing some glass painting, but the product I was using would rub off if I washed the glass - even very gently and months after I painted it. I'll try hairspray and see if that helps any.

      @JulieannBrady - Once I get my Squidoo lenses back in shape I'll be doing a hub on the love potion you want. Well not a potion, but something that I've found works better.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ WiccanSage - Me too. I'm forever changing things up so DIY works great for me. Have fun and many blessings!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      These are adorable, love them! So cute. I love little trinkets like this as shelf decorations.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ OldRoses - Thank you so much for the vote and the shares but more so for the kind words. God love you and most happy crafts!

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      Caren White 3 years ago from Franklin Park, NJ

      What a great idea! I love glass but wouldn't ever think of doing something like this. Love this hub! Voted up and shared.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ julieannbrady - I'm wishing my cooking could shoot good right about now. The hubby caught fish, so I did a fry. Usually it comes out good but this time half my batter fell off :(. So not good. As for nabbing a potential candidate, I'd go with the don't look. It seems when we stop seeking things often just fall in our lap. You're a hottie! Sit back and smile and I bet you'll be beating them off with sticks. Back in the day, rum balls and jello shots helped. I don't know what's trendy now. God love you!

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ Pawpawwrites - My, my aren't you the sweet talker? Thanks for the visit :) God bless and may all your projects work out well the first time.

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      julieannbrady 3 years ago

      My dear, you are too funny about my cooking shooting an arrow through a guy's heart. I think the trick is to FIRST nab a potential candidate [er-victim] with that love potion. lol

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      Jim 3 years ago from Kansas

      The finished product makes the work worth it.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ debW07 - Thank you :). It was fun. God bless and may all your projects come out great!

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      debW07 3 years ago

      I really like this project and it looks like something I could do. Well done, Rhonda!!

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ billybuc - LOL! Oh, my gosh. I can see where that might grab someone's attention. That would be a limb I don't think I'm ready to climb. I used to do a good bit of fiction under my other name. I miss that name, hating the requirement I had to make a new account when Squidoo got bought. Anyway, I was asked once to try my hand at paranormal romance. I'm not a romance fan by any means but thought it might be fun. After going over the few chapters I whipped up, I determined it was evil dripping porn, deleted the file and have not gone there again. Thanks for the laugh this morning. God bless!

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ julieannbrady - Thank you. I like that bottle too! I'm looking for it in a larger size now. HM. Want to make a love potion huh? My alter cyber ego Vix would most likely better equipped for that. As for me, I would have to urge caution. I don't think I've ever heard of one that worked out well for anyone involved. However, I've seen some of your recipes! LOL I think your cooking would shoot an arrow straight through any guy's heart. And, just look at you! Your gorgeous. God bless and thank you for a real fun comment :).

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ Elsie Hagley - Hello, Elsie. Thank you very much for your kind comment. I love seeing strange or old bottles. We went to a local place not too long ago that had the best display over the buffet. There must have been close to 100 bottles, each a work of art in and of itself. It was great. God bless :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Because I skim titles as I'm flying through my day, I thought the title of this was "How to Make Love" and I thoughts "man alive, Rhonda is really going out on a limb with this one." LOL I don't know if I'm disappointed or not.

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      julieannbrady 3 years ago

      What a lovely project my dear! Personally, I would go for the heart-shaped bottle that you offer. By the way, I want to MAKE that LOVE potion. Got a good recipe? Would there be ones to drink and ones to sprinkle on the intended? OH, I need some.

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Very attractive love potion apothecary bottle, you have done a great job explaining how to do it. There are some very unusual bottles around. Thanks.

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