I’ve never really decorated for Halloween before, so that’s why I’m doing it in phases this year (see part 1 of my Halloween decorations). I’m having to design, make, and acquire everything for the first time, so it takes a lot of creative energy, planning and shopping! The main look I was going for was a more realistic feeling with a muted color palate. I also want to have a lot of small details because I find that those are the most memorable parts of decorating.
I have always loved apothecary jars and I have a small collection of them, so I knew that I wanted to create an apothecary display. I gathered my existing jars and then purchased a few more at Home Goods (where they are super affordable). to balance out large and small. I also got some tiny jars at a local antique/consignment shop.
I was so excited when I found the antique postal scale and it’s definitely my favorite new piece. Oh and forgive my circus posters in the background… the artwork is phase 3 of decorating so I haven’t quite gotten that far yet!
These two jars sit on the mantle (the sparkly one I use for christmas with those very same sparklies).
The next step was to design my Apothecary labels. I had a lot of fun making these, and I created them with the scale and contents of my jars in mind. And since they coordinate so well with my All Hallow’s Eve digital line, I packaged them up and released them in my digital shop this week:
Once all the labels were designed, I printed them and cut them out.
Then I used my glue runner on the back of each label and stuck them on the jars:
Once all the labels were on, I had to fill up the rest of my jars. I stratigically bought items that I WOULD NOT EAT. Mostly so I won’t eat them and partly so that I can keep them for years to come and can just set up the display really quickly.
These are the fillers I used:
black licorice for the “lizard legs”
chocolate sprinkles for “bat toes”
peppercorns for “eye of newt”
white beans for “tooth of wolf”
black beans for “black locust poison”
gold tinsel glitter for “scale of dragon”
coffee water for “tincture of hemloc”
Not appetizing at all…
So that’s my halloween apothecary collection! Maybe I will add one or two jars every year and eventually have a giant collection! What kind of Halloween decorations do you collect?