Poison apple potion bottle.
I’ve seen many great Halloween displays involving spell books and potion bottles. I love them. I’m working on my own right now, in fact. The spell book is a work in progress (and one that I can’t wait to share with you!) but I needed some great potion bottles too. I decided I would make it a Disney themed setup, from the book to the potions and decor! As far as Disney and Creepy Halloween go, nothing quite compares to the evil queen in Snow White. She was always a favorite villain of mine. And nothing is quite as iconic as her poison apple.
I decided that the poison apple would look fantastic as a potion bottle! I had so much fun turning this creepy icon into a fantastic bottle, and it was so much easier than it looked!
First I needed a bottle. It needed to be round(ish) because the apple is round. I had the perfect bottle I saved (because I’m a hoarder lol) and this turned out to be the perfect project for it!
This is where I got the bottle from. Isn’t it perfect? This is Star brand Red Wine Vinegar. When the bottle was emptied, I kept it thinking it would make a great potion bottle. I just wasn’t sure what exactly I was going to do with it until now!
The Balsamic vinegar bottle from the same brand is a close match, but the bulb at the bottom of the bottle is not quite as round. It will also make a fantastic potion bottle when it’s empty!
Here’s what you’ll need to make this poison apple potion bottle:
- A bottle with a round shape
- hot glue (lots of it, and high heat is easier to work with!)
- mod podge
- green acrylic craft paint (I used several different shades)
- Red Rit Dye or Red food coloring
Take some mod podge (a few tablespoons is plenty) and mix in some dye (or food coloring). I like to use the Rit dye because it makes the color really super vibrant. Red food coloring works ok too, but the red comes out a little bit pink and muted. Using a gloss mod podge rather than a matte one gives your bottle a fantastic glass shine.
Mix it up good, then paint it onto the outside of your bottle! It looks pink at first, but it will dry a really great red! I put on three coats letting it mostly dry between coats. You can do as many or as few coats of the mod podge as you want. The more you put on, the darker it will obviously be.
See what a fantastic red that turns out to be? It’s so vibrant and shiny! Let the bottle dry completely before you move onto the next step (takes maybe an hour to dry).
This next part can be a little bit tricky. Using your hot glue (high heat works best) draw out the details on your poison drippings. Just the outline. It looks nothing like the poison apple yet and at this moment I began to question my methods. Stick with it! It will turn out in the end!
Once you have your outline, start filling in the rest with the glue. You’ll have to work quickly, and this is why the hi-temp glue works best. If it dries too fast you get a lot of glue lines, but if it stays hot a little longer, you can flood the area better and make some pretty awesome drips! Still not quite looking like what my mind saw, but closer!
Once your glue is dry, paint it. Acrylic paint works best in my opinion. I used several different shades of green, and just covered all the glue.
Closer! The top needed something though. I went back with the glue and added some drippy poison around the top opening of the bottle. and then I painted that too!
I can’t wait until I have somewhere awesome to put this! I am almost done with the amazing spell book to go with it (which will include some great free printables!) and then I’ll share that with you too.