First I had to decide what I wanted to do. I had some interesting bottles left over from that bespoke cocktail called Musty Books that Spiderman had bought us for our anniversary. I had some parchment paper that looked old. All I needed was an idea.
I decided to make the smaller bottle into Love Potion Number Nine and the larger bottle into something made from the witch’s brew in Macbeth since we saw the play recently. I decided to call it Three Witches Elixir and have the ingredients be everything that went into the cauldron. You know—eyes of newt, toe of frog, etc. but as a joke I decided to add monosodium glutamate at the end.
I looked online for some vintage clip art and found this amazing treasure trove of a website: http://thegraphicsfairy.com/ and found cool drawings of a human heart for the love potion and the skeleton of a chameleon for the witch’s brew. I found a font that looked like spidery handwriting then printed them out on parchment paper.
I used a ruler to tear the edges in relatively straight lines and then used a brown sharpie to antique the edges. Click on these pictures to see the detail.
Here they are in front of their respective bottles.
Then I used some watered down PVA glue (like Elmer’s glue) to glue the labels to their bottles.
Then I filled them with coloured water—just add food colouring—and here is how they came out!
I am really pleased as they were made from stuff I had just lying about the house.
By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this ways comes!