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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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How to Make Poison Labels in Pic Monkey
Apothecary Labels

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 then 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 the both of us.

What items do you hoard in your home?

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Jessica Carollo

Wednesday 29th of September 2021

Thanks for the printable!

Monica Dominguez

Monday 19th of October 2020

I would love your Apothecary Labels to download to be able to print.


Tuesday 20th of October 2020

They are offered for free. There's a blue box towards the middle of the post that says Subscribe below to get your free labels :)

Lacy Cook

Friday 16th of October 2020

I have subscribed twice and have not received the labels. Can you please send them to me?


Friday 16th of October 2020

Hi Lacy, It looks like you've opened and clicked on the link to the subscriber library from the email that was sent yesterday, which is where the labels are. Can you please let me know what issues you are still facing?


Saturday 10th of October 2020

i cannot figure out where the free printable is. please help


Monday 12th of October 2020

Hello! You have to subscribe for the free printable. There is a blue box where you sign up.


Monday 5th of October 2020

I am loving these labels that you made. I sure would love to have them.


Tuesday 6th of October 2020

Thank you! You can get these by subscribing to the email newsletter :)