Every witch’s home needs a table centerpiece for the season. I’ve pulled out all the stops on this one. I started with my apothecary from the Pretty Potions & Poisons Apothecary Event and surrounded it with other decor like large bottles altered bottles, decorate candles and other Halloween and fall décor. I’ll walk you through how I created some of the pieces in case you want to add something to your own “witchy” décor!
If you missed the Pretty Potions & Apothecary Event Tutorials and want to learn how to build your own apothecary click here.
In addition to the small bottles contained in the apothecary cabinet, I also made some large bottles to create more of a tablescape. I’ve created two NEW large label collage sheets which contain larger versions of some of my favorites from the other label collage sheets, plus new labels and decorative images. You can find the collage sheets at Alpha Stamps.
Potion X Bottle
"Made of Unknown Ingredients"
A really easy way to add texture to a bottle is to crumple up white tissue paper and glue it to a bottle. To achieve the color, I inked the tissue paper (after it was attached) with the Tarnished Brass Distress Stain to give it a metallic look then inked it with Vintage Photo Distressed Stain; wiping off some of the stain after I applied it. I applied more of the Vintage Photo Stain in some areas than in others.
The topper is a crystal drawer pull. The hole for the hardware made a convenient place to insert feathers. I used tree buttons as feet. I added color to the raised areas or the trees using Copper Gilders Paste
Alpha Stamps Products Used on the Potion X Bottle:
Copper Gilders Paste – Used on the tree feet
"Aged to Perfection"
I purchased the orange bottle at Michaels Craft Store. I used a smaller bottle turned upside down as a stopper.
Alpha Stamps Products Used on the Witches Brew Bottle:
Gravediggers Musty Bones
I purchased the green bottle at Michaels Craft Store. I dripped Caramel Alcohol ink on the bottle to age it. I used a skeleton mold and paper clay to make the head and bones. This is the same mold and technique I used and demonstrated in the first Apothecary Event tutorial. The hands glued to the sides of the bottle are plastic. To create different heights in my tablescape I placed some bottles on candle stands.
Alpha Stamps Products Used on This Bottle:
1000 Year Old Gargoyle Drool
Certified Black Swamp Frog Slime
I purchased the bottles from Michaels Craft store. I dripped black wax on the Gargoyle Drool bottle and white wax on the Frog Slime bottle. I colored the white wax with Pesto Alcohol Ink.
Alpha Stamps Products Used on the Gargoyle Drool & Frog Slime Bottles:
Spider Web – Frosted Blue Bottle
This bottle is a little bit of a tease for a future tutorial. I used an easy technique to create a frosted etched look. I’ll be posting a tutorial on how to do this with some winter themed art.
Alpha Stamps Products Used on This Bottle:
Giant Snowflakes – Used as the lid – bent the prongs of the snowflake down around the neck of the bottle.
Why not jazz up your candles with stickers, rub-ons and paper.
A fun and easy wait to decorate a plain candle is to use stickers. You can find the Dazzles Boo Stickers
Another option for decorating candles is to use rub-ons. The trick is to use a good quality rub-on (all rub-ons are not created equal), and to use a candle with a smooth even surface. The rub-ons I used on the candle above are made by Creative Imaginations and are from their Fright Night line. Unfortunately they don’t make these anymore but you may find some Ebay or Scrapbooking Stores.
CANDLES & BOTTLES
Another great item to add to your décor is to mix candles with bottles.
I start by inserting the candle in the bottle and burning it down to the desired height. The cheaper the candle the better as it will drip more. I don’t worry about having a colored candle. Most of the time, I paint the candle wax with alcohol inks because you get a varied translucent look that you don’t get with a colored candle. After the candle is the desired height, I use a second candle to create even more drips on top of the first candle. To embellish the candle even further you can glue something to the top of the candle.
Feathered Crows – Alpha Stamps
Owl – Michaels Craft Store
For the candle below I started with a jar and added Chillingsworth Manor Elements Stickersto the jar and the candle. Then I died a piece of cheesecloth dyed with Pesto Alcohol Ink and tied it around the bottle.
Wine Bottle Candelabra
Friends of mine found some bottles of Vampire wine and thought instantly of me. Hmm wonder why? My sister generously drank them as I’m not into red wine. I was just going to stick a candle in them and drip wax but I discovered a candelabra made to fit in the top of a wine bottle. Perfect!
You can purchase the candelabra at Save On Crafts. They are $19 each or $17 each if you buy three. Here is the link: http://www.save-on-crafts.com/winebottle.html
As the shadows start to lengthen and night approaches, it’s time to light the candles.
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