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How to Make Apothecary Jars and FREE Printable Labels

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Get your Halloween decorating started by making your own spooky apothecary jars for Halloween with these FREE printable labels.

Apothecary Jars Hero

I have a confession.

I am a hoarder of glass bottles–any size, any color, any shape. Seriously, there is an entire cabinet in our kitchen dedicated to my hoards. When you are a hoarder of glass bottles, all that goes through your head are the endless possibilities of what new life those bottles could take on.

A few weeks ago my husband couldn’t take it any longer and asked me if I was finally going to do something with them, if not he was going to throw them out. My little heart sank, knowing that impending doom was coming to my hoards if my creative mind couldn’t come up with something to make them into.

Finally, the thought hit me! I know everyone has seen the cute (or creepy) apothecary jars floating around on Pinterest for Halloween. I am not big on decorating for Halloween, but once the idea of apothecary jars was in my head I couldn’t imagine some of those bottles being used for anything else.

My husband is a whiskey drinker, and I have been saving bottles for the last 2 years. I also save wine bottles because, well, wine bottles.  I used a few whiskey bottles, a wine bottle, a few bottles I used as decoration at our wedding reception, and a bottle I bought at Dollar Tree a few months ago.

Luckily I also hoard wine corks, so I had plenty of bottle stoppers to choose from.

How to Make  Apothecary Jars

What you’ll need:

First, you will want to wash the bottles really well, remove any labels, and let them dry completely.

Bottles Before

While the bottles dried after being washed and stripped of their labels, I went to PicMonkey to create my new apothecary jar labels. I wrote a tutorial If you want to learn how to make your own poison labels, or you can download these by subscribing below.

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Next, I printed out the labels, and using double-sided tape, adhered them to the bottles. I like the double-sided tape because in my experience it comes off cleaner than using glue.

Halloween Apothecary jars

I filled the jars with different levels of water, and added food coloring to them for effect.  I even added cornstarch to some for a cloudy, turbid effect.

Bottle Collage

There you have it!  How to make your own apothecary jars. My husband got his wish of using up my hoards, and I got to be a little creative in the process.  I’d say that’s a win for both of us.

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Saturday 10th of September 2022

Thank you so much for the spooky labels exactly what I was looking for!! I'm trying to make a spooky house for the grandkids.


Saturday 13th of August 2022

can't figure out how to print out these labels. any help would be great. thank you


Saturday 16th of July 2022

Would love to have these!


Tuesday 8th of March 2022

Would love some of your printable labels


Tuesday 8th of March 2022

Hi Nicole! If you subscribe to the email list above you will be sent the link to download. Hope that helps!


Wednesday 8th of December 2021

I just subscribed so I could get the printable labels for my apothecary jars. It is such a CUTE idea. However, after subscribing I cannot find where to get the labels. Please help.

Thank you, Crystle