Monday, September 16, 2013

Jacquie's Up-Cycle Nation: Pick Your Poison

 Old-timey poison labels add vintage pizazz to any Halloween d├ęcor!  But crafter beware!! These creepy cheapies are so easy to make you could easily get carried away!  (Oh who am I kidding!!? Crafters can never have TOO much of anything!)
 Using cast-off glass bottles, a standard printer and Mod-podge, these spooky pieces can be made in minutes from the recycle bin.
Finding awesome vintage labels on-line is half the fun! Popular graphics sites like The Graphics Fairy  offer copyright-free labels ready for download. Simply save the image to the computer and print out on everyday white copy paper.
After cutting out the labels use sepia toned stamping ink to add splotchy aging to the labels and darken the edges.
Apply Mod-podge to the back of the label and adhere to the glass bottle.  Once the Mod-podge has dried, brush another small amount of matte Mod-podge to the label surface for protection.
Larger bottles can be turned into candle lanterns using decorative grass, wire, and battery operated tea lights.  (I found these black tea lights in Target's $1 section.)
Wrap wire around bottle neck making at least 5 rounds for extra stability.  Use a smaller cut of wire to create a handle.   Drop in the decorative grass and tea light and ENJOY!  The poison bottles are now ready for all your creepy decorating plans! 
Jacquie Wheeler
Hand of Bela Peck