I’ve wanted to make a witches apothecary for awhile and I finally got busy and made one. The basic box is made from foam core which is covered with decorative paper. I covered the foam core before gluing it together (I used Ranger Glossy Accents). The overall dimension (including decorative elements) is 15” x 13 1/2”. The box inside dimension is 10” x 8 ½”. I framed the box using an image of a picture frame and added the eyes behind the holes and a bat to the front.
The green bats on the sides are made of paper clay.
The feet are metal spiders.I used all kinds of bits and pieces for the stoppers of the bottles (buttons, skulls, wax, beads, marbles, drawer knobs etc.).
The top on the Love Potion No. 9 bottle is a bead. The bottle behind it is a wooden drawer knob that I cut a grove into and inserted a metal moon.
The Swap Fog bottle stopper is a ceramic drawer knob painted black with a scull bead glued to the top. I added red crystals to the eyes. You can purchase the skull beads at Alpha Stamps. The Gargoyle Drool bottle stopper is also a ceramic drawer knob painted black and a ceramic gargoyle glued to the top. In the back is a Vampire Fangs bottle where I covered the opening with dripping wax and added a chain with the bat. You can also purchase the bat charm at Alpha Stamps and some of the bottles I used.
I used a pumpkin as the lid for the Yellow Toadflax and used a marble with an eye glued on for the Eye of Newt. The Black Widow Venom and Life Renewing potion stoppers are beads.
The Moldy Tea and Dunwitch Potions bottles are stoppered with a button and the Posion Ivy Bottle is stoppered with a metal drawer pull.
In addition to the potion bottles I also made some faux books. I filled the bottles with tea leaves, beads, paint, alcohol ink (diluted with rubbing alcohol), and cotton.
One great place to find potion labels is Altered Artifacts.