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Halloween Decor: Harry Potter Potion Bottles

I am SOOOO excited for this project! I have wanted Halloween apothecary bottles for a couple of years but never could get around to making them. Since I decided to do my house like Hogwarts I wanted the potions from the books. I got designing and here are the results!

I found my bottles at thrift stores and in my pantry and distressed the glass to look old and spooky. If you want to learn how I distressed the glass check out this tutorial. After the bottles were ready I printed my labels on card stock and cut them out. I used a even layer of modge podge on the back of the label and stuck it onto the bottle. I continued to hold the label down for a few minutes and kept checking to make sure that the label had not bubbled up. After letting it sit for about 10 minutes I put a thin layer of modge podge over the front to make it more durable. I filled them with whatever I had laying around the house. Hair gel, vinegar, colored water. Get creative!

My kitchen finally has a potions set and it only cost me about $14 for the bottles and cork stoppers.

It was a bonus activity to go around the kitchen and mix things up to go inside of them! It was like we were really mixing potions.

You can see my other Hogwarts inspired Halloween decor and free printables here!

As for the rest of my house….


If you are not a big Harry Potter fan I made this Raven Print too!



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Author/co-founder of Over the Big Moon since 2011. I enjoy sharing my passion for home and family life here with you! I love graphic design, DIY projects, cooking, and working in my garden! My favorite role is taking care of my hubby John and our 3 amazing and busy boys! Thank you for coming by today!
  • Kim K.

    >Many many thanks! I can't wait to put these to use with the rest of our Harry Potter Halloween decor!

  • Big D and Me

    >This is great – might have to use these for our Halloween party – thanks

  • Brittany @ My Decoupaged Life

    >I love it! I'm a huge Harry Potter fan and would love to use these sometime.

  • The Answer Is Chocolate

    >Oh my gosh! I am a HUGE HP fan! I saw these @ Whipperberry and I hope it's not tacky to invite you to link these up @ my link party too! Going on now. http://answerischocolate.blogspot.com/2011/09/bff-open-house-link-party-22-this-weeks.html

  • Erin

    >Love the Potter printables:)

  • Maureen

    >So cool! I love them. Thank you for sharing the printables :) Found you on "The Pity Party!"

  • The Answer Is Chocolate

    >Thank you so much for sharing these and the House posters at this week's BFF Open House. They are fantastic and so perfect for us Potter fans!

  • Tiff

    >Your decorations are so fantastic! We don't usually decorate for Halloween here, but I might just change that!!! I love those potion bottles, they look amazing thanks for the inspiration! x

  • Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust

    >Awesome decorations! LOVE it. The witches hats on everyone in the photo made me smile.

    Warmly, MIchelle

  • Dorothy

    >We're going to redecorate our basement playroom as Hogwarts (we're huge Potterheads) and I LOVE the potion jar idea. That would look SO cool on a shelf down there. Thanks so much for the printables.

  • Kristy

    >These are so cute! Thanks for sharing!

  • KayleighAnn

    >These printables are amazing! Straight onto pinterest for me to print at the next chance i have at the printer.

  • Judith

    >These are the best potions labels I've seen yet…and I've been looking a ton! So sad mine are already finished….I like yours better! Thanks for sharing!

  • melismama

    >Just made the Harry Potter bottles OMGosh so easy to do and turned out great! Thanks for the printable. I will be linking back to you in my blog post after the party!


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  • BethanyMiller

    >I am so glad I came across your post – you had so many great ideas and easy processes for someone like me to follow! I was wondering how you created the look on your skelegro bottle. It looks amazing! Was it just a lot of paint or glue?
    Thank you very much for all of your printables and ideas! They will be fantastic for my Harry Potter themed party when HP7 part 2 is released!

  • Tammy @ Plan B

    >Thank you for sharing your printable – i've pinned it on pin-interest. Hope thats okay.

  • Reannah @ {Shaped by Grace}

    >I love those potion bottle labels!! Thanks so much for sharing!! We're huge Harry Potter fans!! I'm your newest follower! :) xo, Reannah

  • Lisa

    >Hey Bethany!
    I'm so glad you liked the potions labels. Unfortunately the only think I made with skelegro bottle was a huge squeal in the aisle of the thrift store I found it in! It was already like that.

    If you keep your eyes open in the decor sections of the thrift stores you will be amazed what you can find. The Drought of Sleeping death tall bottle is actually a plastic shower gel bottle I spray painted black.

    I hope you can find some good bottles!

  • Amber

    >Thanks for commenting on my books! I'm glad you liked them and I TOTALLY saw your potions and LOVE them!

    Here's the link to my post for other Harry Potter fans:

  • Lindsey

    >PERFECT! Thank you! I'm decorating my kids bathroom with Harry Potter and these labels will be PERFECT! I'm going to have a stash of jars and bottles on a shelf and fill them with the necessary bathroom things like lotion, soap, cotton balls and q-tips. They will be SO excited!!!

  • http://www.feltphotography.com Brekke

    Thank you so much! I am shooting a PTA set next week which is Snapes Potion class and I have to label a bunch of bottles. You just took a ton of stress off my shoulders.

  • embs

    Thank you so much for sharing! I printed them to sticker sheets. You are so talented! I couldn’t begin to make such great labels!

  • Sammie

    Hello – I was trying to print off the printables for my son’s birthday party but it says the link is invalid – am I doing something wrong?

    • overthebigmoon

      Sammie – Sorry you were having problems!  We just moved the files over to our own server (they were previously on 4shared still).  You shouldn’t have any problems!  Thanks!

    • Lisa

      Sorry if you were having trouble. We have moved them over to our server now and should work for you.

  • Maggie

    Wow these are fabulous. Thank you very much for sharing them.
    That is such a generous thing to do.

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  • Razzledazzle Mom

    Thanks so much for sharing your awesome labels!!! They are just perfect!

  • Brie

    I just wanted to thank you for these fantastic labels! I used them in my decor this year and they are so great. Before I found your labels I had actually made some Harry Potter spell books so once I saw your printable I knew it was meant to be. Thanks so much! I added the link to my post as well.


  • Miquette

    Thank you for the labels and the raven printable! I need some more Halloween decorations and these are great!

  • Elizabeth@ Blue Clear Sky

    Thanks so much for the printables. My boys and my nieces are Harry Potter fans and are going to love them. Now to find some bottles!

  • lovebecker

    I love you sight! so glad I found it! Thank you so much for the free printable’s as well! Love your home decor!

  • Katie Bushell

    I love pinterest because I have found so many creative mormons. (I am guessing by your LDS picture) I am going to D.I. to look for some bottles today. my family is a huge harry potter fan. Thank you for sharing this!

  • Katada

    how did you get your bottles to looks aged?

    • TheVeelaGirl

      Not sure how she did that, but I found some great old bottles and a host of other vintage-looking things at a thrift store, if there’s one close to you, I think you could start there! :)

    • Lisa

      I’m sorry this took so long to reply – for some reason I missed this comment- Sorry! I aged all my bottle and show you how to do that here:


  • Anonymous

    I pinned it on pinterest! (getting ready for the holidays)

  • kweaver7

    THANK YOU so much for the Harry Potter labels!!!! We love them.

  • TheVeelaGirl

    Love love them! I especially love the long black bottle in the back with the round stopper, what potion is in there?

    • Lisa

      I put Draught of Living Death in there :)

  • Kirei Shiota

    I LOVE THESE VERY MUCH! i’m just wondering how’d you get the perfect bottle for Skele-Gro? :)

    • Lisa

      Thrift store score!

  • Karin

    Thanks so much for the HP labels, I’m an older lady who loves Harry Potter. I was looking for vintage labels to put on homemade gifts, these are great. I appreciate you sharing your efforts. Great ideas, thanks again.

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  • Dixie

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Can you give me a full tutorial on how to exactly these bottles and what paint to use and tell me the brands you used? Please Reply or E-mail me

    • Dixie

      PLEASE REPLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dixie

    I also forgot: What do you put in them?????? Please replay or E-mail me

    • Lisa

      Please read the entire post! I got my bottles from thrift stores and things in my pantry. Use your creativity. I have a full tutorial that is linked in the post to how I distressed my bottles. I filled them with all sorts of stuff. Hair gel, vinegar, colored water. There is no right and wrong just start experimenting and see what you can come up with.

  • April
    • Lisa

      Thanks for the feature and linking back to us!

  • Katie Fisher

    Hi Lisa–just wanted to stop by for my mom and say THANK YOU for creating these printables and posting them here. She made her own bottles to add to a Harry Potter desk she and her fiance made together for a vintage market. Since you’re a lover of HP as well, here’s the link, if you’re curious! http://anne-tiques.net/2015/04/to-market-to-market/

    I made sure to credit you and link to your page in the blog post.

    Thanks again!

    • Lisa

      It looks great! Thank you for sharing!