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Deadly Witches Brew Pick Your Potion Centerpiece

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Looking for a great Halloween centerpiece? I put this Witch Pick Your Potion Centerpiece together with old jars and fun labels. See how I put it all together. For more creepy decor see my Halloween page. witches brew jars Halloween decor, witch Potion centerpiece, halloween centerpiece

I love this Pick-Your-Potion Centerpiece, I thought it would be the perfect center of my party food table for Halloween! The centerpiece has potion bottles and spooky items that make a great focal piece for your Halloween tablescape.

The centerpiece was designed by Tim Holtz for JoAnn’s Fabrics & Crafts. I used his craft embellishments to recreate his centerpiece in my style.

Want to make your own? You can download a PDF of the instructions for this project on JoAnn Fabrics & Crafts Projects Web page. Here is my version of the centerpiece:

Pick Your Potion Centerpiece



Cut a 2 1/2 in strip off of the side of the long edge of the Styrofoam block.

How to make a base for a centerpiece out of foam

This strip makes your risers for the bottles. Cut the foam strip off the center in two pieces, one larger than the other. Discard any unused pieces.

cover floral foam with burlap

Cover the large block and two smaller pieces with the Burlap roll ribbon, using the tacky glue. Glue the two smaller Styrofoam pieces onto the top of the large block (see pic).  I added my bottles to see where the best placement would be, then I glued the foam down.

Spray paint the block lightly and randomly with the black spray paint, for an aged look. Take the raffia and stretch it around the base edge of the centerpiece and hot glue it as a border.

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I chose labels from the Halloween Witches section on the PicMonkey photo editor website. I sized them to fit my bottles and printed them and cut them out on the cardstock.

Most of my bottles were really small and the lettering on the Alphabet stampers wouldn’t fit inside the labels,  so I chose to add the wording using the same font as the stamps.  I did make one by hand like the directions in the project.

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With the brown ink pad and stamp lettering, I wrote “Vampire Teeth” using alphabet stamps. I then took a paper towel and rubbed the ink from the Distress Ink pad on the cardstock to get the aged look on the labels.

I added the labels to the bottles using the Zots glue tabs and randomly decorated the bottles using the Tim Holtz embellishments. I added the white numbered tags with black wire. I used wired twine wrapped on the top of the bottles. I used regular twine string for the mason jars.

Fill your bottles with random spices, etc. and add them to the foam base. Glue some of the smaller bottles to the base to secure them, especially if they are filled with liquid.

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Cut strips of burlap roll, cut and fray edges and glue in between bottles. Add ink from the stamp pads to burlap strips to make them appear dingy. Add black moss and lichen in between bottles. Cut small strips of raffia, tie them together and add randomly between bottles.

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I put the bird’s nest under my bell jar with a bowl and scoop.  Add your spiders, faux bird and votive candles with faux candles.  And there you have it, a witches brew of potions to creep your guests out with!

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Happy Halloween!

Check out more of Halloween Decor Projects~

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Sketchy Halloween Printables



    1. Thanks so much this is a project I did many moons ago.

  1. That is the best halloween potions display I have seen yet! Genuinely fantastic!!!

  2. Hi Kim, love your centerpiece! Thanks so much for sharing it at Project Queen’s Link party last week. It will be featured tonight at the highlight party!

  3. This is such a fun Halloween arrangement. I love it! Thanks for linking up to The Weekly Creative last week. I hope you’ll stop over again today to link up more of your fun ideas. Have a great week!


  4. Oooo, these are so darling and perfectly Halloween!

  5. kraftykat76 says:

    Love this! Thanks for sharing at Gettin’ Krafty!

  6. Oh how I love this project! Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays!

  7. the centerpiece is spooky fun. Thank you for the coupon too. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo P.S. did you enter my latest giveaway?

  8. Your center piece looks great! Would love if if you linked up on my blog hop Also let me know if you’d like to follow each other!

  9. what a fun idea! ans what an extremely beautiful haloween decoration! great taste-i’m impressed!

    love it!!
    i am so happy to have found your blog via katherine’s. it’s super awesome.
    have a great day!

  10. Oh my!! What a great project! I so love all the Halloween/fall centerpieces!!

  11. What a great idea and so thoughtful to include the coupon!

    I’m your newest follower from “Get Your Craft On” Blog Hop. Come say hi!

  12. This is awesome!!! Love this whole look. Come link up to centerpiece Wednesday and share your idea. Karin

  13. Very Cute!,,,,Debbie Vintage On A Dime

  14. Kim… I LOVE everything you create!! You are very talented!!! Thanks so much for linking this up at Creatively Tuesdays at The Rustic Pig. It is AMAZING!!! I just want to print out the pictures of what you’ve done and put them in a frame. The pictures alone are great! :) Hugs!

  15. That centerpiece is amazing! Great job!!! Love everything about it.

  16. Hi Kim,

    I just love your potion jars! They really look fabulous for Halloween. Wonderful craft project and layout.

  17. ooh, very nice! I love the idea of keeping everything in a tray…my dining room table is also my schoolroom table, so I find our poor centerpiece has to wander all over the room during the week, so I can clear the table off for one thing or another.

  18. Very cute! I’m your neighbor at Curb Alerts Friday linky party so had to stop in and see all the fun!

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