Ancient Beetle Apothecary Jar
For this I used a Dollar Store toy, and I DIYed the metal cloche. How do you like it? The cloche costs just about $5 and it is really simple to make: all you need is a 4″ gutter leaf strainer [if you don’t want to pay for shipping, you can buy it from Home Depot ;-)], some craft wire, metallic spray paint (optional), a drawer knob and 2 big washers.
When you get your strainer, it will be smushed (yes it is the technical term for it!) in its package, so start by expanding the cells to your desired shape.
Next, cut some craft wire, and beginning from the top, start weaving the wire through both open ends of the strainer to create the main part of your cloche.
Do you see the circular opening on top of the strainer? This is where you’ll be using your big washers. By putting one on top of that opening and one below that opening, install your knob (the knob’s screw needs to go through both washers.) And as the final step (which is optional), just cover the fancy part of your drawer knob (like I covered the glass part on mine) with some aluminum foil and spray paint the entire cloche to your desired color. Easy peasy!
As I was using a blue glass stand, I painted my metal cloche to copper. Looks good, right?
Swamp Water Halloween Apothecary Jar
Here is another easy one. Just fill a clear bottle with water, then add some dirt into it. Put the cap and shake. Your perfectly filthy looking swamp water is ready for use 😉
Imp Tail Halloween Apothecary Jar
Do you have decorative grass in your backyard? They tend to make the best imp tails you’ll ever see. Then again, I am not sure if you’ll ever see an imp tail, so basically you can use almost anything that reminds you of a tail. Even a small piece of tinsel will make a great filler for this jar!
Dried Warts Halloween Apothecary Jar
If you have oak trees, then most likely you have dried warts all over your yard, just like we do. Yes – I used a mixture of acorns and oak galls. If you try drying some of the oak galls, you’ll see they turn into these wrinkly giant wart-looking things. As all warts would have a different shape and feel to them, I thought adding some acorns to the mix would be a good idea.
Instant Cloud Apothecary Jar
This is again an easy one. I used some polyester filler material for my instant clouds, but you can certainly use cotton balls instead.
Ogre Skin and Sea-Hog Teeth Halloween Apothecary Jars
Both ogre skin and the sea-hog teeth are the innards of a dried gourd. But I think corn flakes and pumpkins seeds would make even better jar fillers for these two. 😉
Dead Waker Apothecary Jar
I think dried daisy-like flowers (like the ones I glued on the lid) would make a great Dead Waker, as they almost look like the speakers on the label, don’t you agree? Pity I didn’t have more dried daisies on hand, otherwise I would definitely use that instead of the shredded paper. Oh well… I guess I will be drying some more daisies next year.
Ogre Candy and Anti-Lycan Powder Halloween Apothecary Jars
As I try not to use things that might spoil, I opted for baby powder for our Anti-Lycan Powder. But you can certainly use flour for it. As for Ogre Candy, I again picked something from our bakcyard: whatchamacallit nuts (yes that is totally the botanical name for them. Don’t you trust me? Then Google it and see, LOL.) If you can’t find whatchamacallit nuts, then acorns are a perfect substitute.
Fay Pumpkins Apothecary Jar
You know how much I love pumpkins or anything that looks like pumpkins. But unfortunately these have to be the only pumpkin-like things I wouldn’t want in our yard, as they tend to multiply before you know it. Yes I am talking about Poke Weed. But I gotta admit, they look good in this jar 😉
Dehydrated Sloth Claws Halloween Apothecary Jar
This one holds the seed pods of Chinese white winter radishes. But any type of dried seed pods would look great in this one 😉
And last but not least…
Pixie-on-the-shelf Halloween Apothecary Jar
These little guys are really fun to place here and there, and they are way cooler than elf-on-the-shelf! 😀
They are also very easy to make: get some butterflies and a skeleton garland (you can find both of them at Dollar Store.) Next, cut out the body parts off the butterflies, so you are left with just the wings. Then simply hot glue the wings on the back of the mini skeletons.
Place them wherever and however you like, and voila! You have yourself some mischievous pixies-on-the-shelves 😉
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