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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 JoAnns 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
- Variety of glass bottles
- Card stock papers in neutral colors
- Alphabet stamps
- Tim Holtz Embellishments: Tiny Tabs and Tags, Trinket Pins, Corked Vials, Philosophy Tags, Type Charms, Plaquettes, Distress Ink
- Inkpads: black & brown
- Foam block
- Burlap roll
- 1 bag each Black Moss & Black Lichen
- Floral Wire
- Jute String
- Wire Jute
- Bird’s nest
- Black spray paint
- Aleene’s® Tacky Glue
- Paper trimmer
- Zots glue tabs
- Hot glue gun & glue sticks
- Sharp knife
- Bottle fillers: spices, herbs, tea leaves, coffee, colored water
- faux spiders, bird and votive candles.
Cut a 2 1/2 in strip off of the side of the long edge of the Styrofoam block.
This strip makes your risers for the bottles. Cut the foam strip off center in two pieces, one larger than the other. Discard any unused pieces.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!