Images of witches have appeared in various forms throughout history—from evil, wart-nosed women huddling over a cauldron of boiling liquid to hag-faced, cackling beings riding through the sky on brooms wearing pointy hats.
Early witches were people who practised witchcraft, using magic spells and calling upon spirits for help or to bring about change. Most witches were thought to be pagans doing the Devil’s work. Many, however, were simply natural healers or so-called “wise women” whose choice of profession was misunderstood.
My real fascination with witches started immediately after I started reading Harry Potter. I started finding potions fascinating and fun. And with Halloween just round the corner, I thought what better than to make some cool ingredient jars for witches to store their potion ingredients.
Thing you’ll need:
• Black, yellow & brown acrylic paints
• A hot glue gun and a few hot glue sticks
• A few small pebbles of different shapes
• Some rope
How to make your ingredient jars:
Before you get started, prep your jar. Clean, wash and dry your jar. Get rid of any labels. If you’re using a plastic jar and are struggling to get rid of the sticky label, check out my tips on Jar Hacks 101, or you can paint over any labels that you can’t get rid of.
1. Using your hot glue gun, write the name of a potion ingredient on your jar. Here’s a list of potion ingredients if you’re lost for ideas. You don’t have to get rid of the residual strings from moving your glue gun while writing the letters. These strings give a good effect to the jar.
2. Paint the jar black.
3. Once it’s dry, using a dry brush, use a light hand to add some “grungy” brown accents to the black jar. This will give an ancient look. If you feel you have added a lot of brown, you can go over with the black paint will you get the desired effect.
4. Add some yellow accents just like how you added the brown accents and let your jar dry.
5. Using the hot glue gun, glue some pebbles on the jar lids. Use the glue to give some texture to your lid (as shown in the image below).
6. Paint the lids black and once dry add brown and yellow accents like you did to the body of the jar and let it dry.
7. Wrap some rope around the neck of the jar for a rustic look.
Display your potion ingredient jars in your home and get ready for a spooky Halloween!