Cheshire cat potion bottle – Altered bottle art
I had so much fun making this Poison apple potion bottle that I decided to make it the theme for my new witch’s table. You can never go wrong with an awesome Disney themed decoration!
I’m almost finished with the matching spell book, which is turning out so awesome! (here’s a little sneak peak) I’ve got some really great free printables that will come with that too! And wait until you see the Black Cauldron I’m whipping up!
I needed more potion bottles to go with the display. Since I wanted to stick with the Disney theme I came up with this Cheshire cat potion bottle to join the set! I love spooky, but I wanted a little bit of whimsy to balance it out, just like Disney does. I love the Cheshire cat. He is one of my favorite characters (It may help some that he is purple!). I made these super fun Cheshire cat ears (tutorial for the ears coming soon I promise). I thought it would be fun to create a bottle too!
Altered bottle art is really cool. There are some very beautiful bottles out there! So many creative options. I am always saving bottles to reuse for things like this. The bottle I used for this one was a Star Balsamic Vinegar bottle. I love these little round bottomed bottles. They make such great potion bottles!
What you’ll need to make this super cute Cheshire cat bottle:
- Empty glass bottle
- Hot glue (lots of it!) (I prefer to buy my hot glue in bulk, it’s still super cheap and I go through it so fast this is just the easiest option! this is an affiliate link)
- Acrylic craft paint
- Paint brushes
- Purple feather boa
- Purple beads
The first step was to draw a rough idea on the bottle. A guide to show you where you are putting the glue. It’s just easier when you can see where to go next.
Then you outline your drawing with the hot glue, you need to decide which parts to bring out in dimension, and which parts will stay flat. I wanted to raise up his grinning cheeks, and his nose more than the rest, but he needed eyes, a mouth, teeth, tongue and ears too. Those just needed less glue.
Low temp glue cools faster, and dries sooner. It won’t drip as much, but you can’t make it flow like the high temp glue. I prefer to use high temp glue for stuff like this. After you have the basic details filled in, you can build up your dimensional effects. Let the glue cool completely between layers or you just melt your previous work and things get melty and saggy.
The next step is to paint it! To make my base purple paint shine a little more I mixed some gloss mod podge into it. Then you just paint the bottle!
I added a little bit of glitter and then covered the whole thing in mod podge for some nice shine.
Once the paint was dry, you can add any extra embellishments. I used a purple feather boa to give the Cheshire cat some fluff around his ears, and I glued a piece in the mouth of the bottle and then stacked two large purple beads on top of that to make it look like a fancy bottle top.
He turned out so cute! The perfect bit of whimsy to an otherwise creepy display!
Up next on Wednesday: My Altered Disney spell book. You’ll be surprised how easy it is!