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How to Make an Apothecary Bottle of Fairy Dust - Sugary Sweet DIY Demo

Updated on September 10, 2014

Fairy dust apothecary bottle


This is the easiest, breeziest scrap busting bottle project ever.

I'm on an apothecary bottle craft jig of late. This time around, let's make a bottle of fairy dust. I

like fairies all year round but they fit in really well with the Halloween season. This year, I'm wanting to gift handmade, decorated, apothecary bottles for kicking off of the holiday season, so I'm getting my practice in now.

This one came out pretty cool. The inside is actually vanilla sugar with a tiny bit of a pink tinge that was so easy to whip up. It's awesome in coffee.

Follow along to see how easy and fast you can do these for between one and two dollars each, tops, free if you're stocked in the craft bin and into upcycling.

The fairy dust bottle would make a great gift


Is it a gift? Is it Halloween décor? Is it a fun craft project?

It's DIY fairy dust that tastes great.

You don't need much at all to make these. They are fun, fast, frugal, and can be whipped out in bulk in a jiffy.

Grab the gals and let's get to cranking out some country chic, fairy style.

To do this project, you need one glass bottle with a lid.

This one had a really cool shape that I liked.

It's drawn in a bit towards the middle giving some added visual appeal.

It was given to me two years ago by a student filled with candy.

Since I'm a die hard crafty type and way into reusing items, I've been hanging onto it.

For the bottle, you will need some temporary tattoos, stickers or a combination of both.

I used one sticker and two temporary tattoos.

Add to that a few ribbon scraps, one button, a hot glue gun, water, scissors and a small paintbrush.

To make the sugar, all you need is vanilla, sugar and red food coloring.

How to make the tinted flavored sugar

Add red food coloring to vanilla sugar.
Add red food coloring to vanilla sugar. | Source

First up, get all of the stuff you want to use together.

Plug in the glue gun and let's get going.

I'm going to show you how to make one exactly like this one because, hey, that's what I have pictures for.

You could use these directions though to do any kind of theme you want.

From pumpkin juice to chunks of mandrake root, you can display it in a bottle. Once you do, it becomes an apothecary bottle by definition.

Simply squirt and mix to make the sugar

Mix it up and fill the bottle.
Mix it up and fill the bottle. | Source

To make this vanilla sugar fairy dust, just mix vanilla sugar with three drops of red food coloring.

This makes the whole house smell so good!

If you don't have any vanilla sugar, add a few drops of vanilla to pretty much any kind of sugar you have, save brown sugar. That would look horrible.

It's going to glob up at first when you add the coloring.

Using freshly washed and dried fingers or a spoon, smash the globs out a little at a time and mix with the sugar.

Once you get it the shade of pink you want and all the globs are gone, add in about a cup of granulated sugar. This gives it a more shimmery affect.

All you need to apply a temporary tattoo to glass is a few drops of water.


Let's talk alternatives.

Easy DIY fairy dust:


Bath salts

Seed beads

It's time to decorate the bottle.

You're looking at less than ten minutes here.

First up, be sure the bottle is really clean and free of any sticky residue that can sabotage your crafty fun.

To be sure, wipe it down with rubbing alcohol and let it dry.

Then, grab your stickers, temporary tattoos and cut out each one you want to use.

I recommend doing the stickers first because the tattoos can smudge until given a minute to set well but the stickers are good to go as soon as stuck.

I thought this scroll looked like the letter F in fairy dust. It was a left over from the last bottle project I did.

On sticker selection, be sure to use the kind with a clear background or the white edging so often found is going to show in your finished product.

Be sure to seal a temporary tattoo used on glass immediatly.

The two little flower chains are temporary tattoos
The two little flower chains are temporary tattoos | Source

Can you imagine?

Have you ever used temporary tattoos?

See results
Ribbon combination trims off the bottom of the fair dust bottle.
Ribbon combination trims off the bottom of the fair dust bottle. | Source

I have fallen deeply and madly in love with temporary tattoos.

Don't get me wrong, I have no desire at all to wear them.

For crafting, temporary tats rule! Seriously, where else can you find such cool artwork for literally like pennies per graphic?

Some folks can paint or draw the most amazing little pictures, straight lines, awesome scrolls and funky, fun type fonts but to be totally honest, I suck at it.

I still want such things in my finished products and I'm not about to pay a lot for it.

This is upcycle crafting. Requirement number one is the cheap in cheap chic. For these reasons and the fact that they are so very easy to apply, temporary tattoos have become my new bestest crafty type pals.

All you do is cut it out. Take the filmy covering off. Lay it down face first where you want. Wet that puppy down with a paint brush and water. Peel up the backing to reveal perfect artwork with almost no effort.

It's almost like cheating. It's great! The two small flower chains are the tattoos. The big one, of course, being the sticker. The drawback is that the tattoos are not real awful durable on their own. No worries here.

The easy, breezy, cheap chic fix is hair spray. About three spritzes and you're good to go. Spray acrylic or any kind of clear sealant you have on hand will work.

Bring on the options, a gal needs choices.

Alternatives to ribbon:




Tile bits

Ribbon is another crafty type cover all.

I use ribbon on just about everything.

It's so easy to get straight, pretty lines in gorgeous colors when you use ribbon. Since the lid was already black, which worked really well with the stickers and tats, all I did to it was add one strip of thin, shiny, silver ribbon around the middle of the lid.

It was simply glued on using a hot glue gun.The bottom has one thin strip of black gift wrap ribbon and one thick, braided piece of silver ribbon.

If using the braided ribbon like I did, when you cut it, be sure to run a bead of hot glue down the cut line on the back of the ribbon itself. This stuff tends to unravel otherwise.

Lastly, add a little pizzazz. Actually, in this case, it's a button.

The button goes up top.
The button goes up top. | Source

I thought something with wings on it would look good on a bottle of fairy dust. I had two of these little buttons hanging out in the craft bin from projects past, so I drafted one to grace the fairy thing.It's stuck on with several drops of hot glue applied directly to the back of the button.

One homemade sweet bottle of fairy dust

One fairy dust filled DIY apothecary bottle.
One fairy dust filled DIY apothecary bottle. | Source

Would you like to see a miniature fairy dust bottle project?

This video is Youtube curated content created by Michelle'sCuties.

© 2014 Rhonda Lytle

Do you like fairy crafts? Know a little princess that's fairy happy? Ever meet one? Please, share.

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    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Heidi Vincent: :) Most welcome and thank you.

    • Heidi Vincent profile image

      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Rhonda Lytle: Thank you!

    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Heidi Vincent: You got it! What color do you want? This was super easy. The whole house smelled like cookies and I got so hyped up on coffee using the sugar I ended up making three bottles :). Happy birthday in about two weeks! May it be the best yet and may you have many, many more. God bless!

    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Tom Maybrier: Thank you :) It smells so good. I can't wait to try a different flavor. Thanks for the visit. God bless and most happy crafts!

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      Tom Maybrier 

      4 years ago

      I never knew fancy colored sugars were so easy to make at home! Great lens!

    • Heidi Vincent profile image

      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      This is one sexy DIY project, poetvix! I notice that in your intro you said "This year, I'm wanting to gift handmade, decorated, apothecary bottles...". I think that is an excellent idea! My birthday is on August 21st, so you can start with me. I will send you my address. LOL!!!


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