The time has come. The wait is over! After months of gathering and weeks of work, we’ve finally finished another batch of jars for our Toad & Broomstick Apothecary Shop Halloween display!
Our humble little spice shop has grown since last year, so we had to extend the display space a wee bit. Looks good, doesn’t it?
Just like last year, this was quite a bit of work, but I have to say, it was worth it! And just like last year, we’re sharing all of these labels with you, free for your personal use! Do you remember last year’s free jar label printables? [Click here to see last year’s free printable jar labels.] Well, this year we’ve added 55+ new jar labels for over 40 gross and creepy jar ingredients, and we’re offering them in two different sizes 😀
Now before going any further, I have to warn you that this is going to be another long-and-picture-heavy post. So if you want to bail out and check my cute little twine pumpkins instead, please click here. However, if you’re up for the long and difficult journey through swamps and mountains and forests…
[okay okay, what she’s really warning you about is her incessant, non-stop babbling. Yeesh, woman! Put a cork in it and get to the labels, already! They’re not here to listen to your yammering – they’re here for the LABELS! So get to it! -Greg]
*Sigh* My babes can be such a jerk, but still, I love him so much! And he’s right…you’re here for the labels…
[And my pictures! Don’t forget my photographs, woman! – Greg]
Yes, and you’re here also for the awesome pics my babes took 😉
Oh, and one last thing before we start: if you remember, in last year’s Apothecary Jars post, I talked about the prep work for the jars, bottles and lids. I also talked about how I made my labels look torn and aged. So if you need a refresher on how to do that prep work, you can always refer back to that post for the info, as I won’t be covering it again.
Ok, enough of my yapping! Let’s get familiar with our new jar fillers, shall we?
As you can see, I again used all kinds of jar fillers: some from Amazon.com, some from Dollar Store but mostly from our backyard. A little hint here: I only try to use the fillers that wouldn’t get spoiled in time, so I can use the same jars year after year.
Mini Truffula Trees: Greg named this jar, and it has to be my favorite one of all! I mean, who can combine Dr Seuss with Hallooween, right? Hahahaha 😀 Well, I bet you know, after seeing this, you should expect to see anything here at The Navage Patch. LOL. Anyway…back to the subject: can you guess what they are? Come on – give it a try. Maybe this close-up picture will help.
Could you guess? They are dried clematis flowers! No kidding! Do you see the swirly things in the picture below? Those are what used to be clematis flowers in full bloom. But after the flowers drop their petals, the vines are left with these swirly things.
This year I picked a bunch and tried drying them – you know, just to see what they would look like. And apparently they make the best mini Truffula trees!
Now if you don’t have clematis in your backyard, you can always use pompoms instead. Just hot glue a little stick to handmade or store-bought pompoms, and there you have your own fully grown mini Truffula trees in minutes. 😉
Goblin Gallstones: The jar that looks like Lawrence of Arabia holds the Goblin Gallstones. For this one, I used glittered hot glue sticks. I have to say these glittered hot glue sticks are very handy. If you remember, I used the red ones in my Floating Potion Bottle project, and now the green ones turned into Goblin Gallstones.
To create the goblin gallstones, I simply squeezed some hot glue on a metal sheet. If you don’t have metal sheet, any stone surface or glass surface would also work. Once the hot glue dried hard, I picked each piece and cleared them of the hot glue strings.
Fairy Scat: Did you know that these glittered hot glue sticks make also great Fairy Scat? Hahaha – no kidding! And having a quick/careless hand is a plus, as you get more realistic shapes. LOL.
After filling the bottle with these fairy poops, I cut a small piece from a hot-pink boa and hot glued it on the bottle cap. You know – just to give the whole thing a bit more of a sparkly ‘fairy’ feel 😉
Octopus Head: I used Dollar Store decorative bowl fillers for this one. I think they have the perfect shape for an octopus head, don’t you think?
If you don’t have similar bowl fillers, balloons can make a great substitute.
Scarecrow Hair: “It looks even worse in the morning!” As this pretty much sums up my mornings, I was really tempted to use my own hair for this. But the problem is, I have curly hair. So I had to make do with adding raffia into this jar. 😉
But really, anything from shredded paper to dried grass clippings will make a great filler for this jar.
Click on ‘Page 2 of 3’ below to see more jar filler ideas and on ‘Page 3 of 3’ to download the free printable jar labels.