Halloween decorations part 2… Apothecary style

October 20th, 2011

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?

13 responses to “Halloween decorations part 2… Apothecary style”

  1. renee says:


  2. Sofia D. says:

    Love all of this! I don’t really do antique shopping but your collection makes me want to try. I have a feeling there are some great pieces out there wanting me to find them. Our style is anything sparkly and shiny, we love our bling.

  3. Jackie Centeno says:

    Best. One. Ever.

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  5. Kathy Morrell says:

    Looks great, wish I had the room to put things like this on the different holidays!

  6. kate blue says:

    very nice and not kidsy…and thanks for the tip about what to use for filling jars…I’ll have to think outside my box at the grocery store this way for my Christmas jars since I don’t decorate at Halloween….

  7. Alex says:

    This is the MOST AMAZING thing EVER!!! Love it!!!

  8. Patty says:

    I would love to buy your Apothecary labels, but the store is closed! Is there anyway I can still buy them?

  9. Patty says:

    I just found them on etsy! Thanks

  10. Jen Allyson says:

    Glad you found them! I need to update the link!

  11. Emma says:

    Hi Jen, I’d love to purchase your labels but they don’t seem to be on Etsy anymore? I live in Australia – it’s only Halloween tomorrow and I’m throwing a party on Friday night. Hope I can still get my hands on them! Emma 🙂

  12. I Love these, I will be using them for my Halloween party this year! They are perfect for my Theme. You have done an amazing job creating them. Thank you!!!

  13. Lisa says:

    Love these ideas…always looking for more to add to my haunted house set up. Thanks. Keep them coming please.

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