Painting Witchy Bottles

A dark kitchen with dried herbs hanging all about. Cackling fire with a potion bubbling in the cauldron. Skulls of past victims sitting on shelves to provide company on stormy nights. A broom in the corner for sweeping and the occasional ride during the full moon. What is missing from this scene? Potion bottles.


I have this hutch that is decorated in a witchy theme year round. I have a three colored potion bottles. Yesterday I scored an awesome clear glass bottle at a yard sale. Got it for $1! Oh how my dark soul filled with happiness.


But a clear bottle would not fit it with my other bottles. So me, myself and my not so smart phone took to Pinterest. Within minutes I found the sea glass effect pin. Glue mixed with food color painted on glass. What could be more simple? Okay buying glass bottles already colored is easier but that’s just not very Pinteresting.

I gathered my supplies: (I had to hurry Dr. Who was about to come on)

Elmers glue

Food color. I used red.

Bowl for mixing

Craft stick for mixing.

Paint brush

Glass bottle

mix paint

I discovered right off the bat that a paint brush was not going to get the job done. I used a tiny one a bigger might have done better. i just know all my brush did was push the paint around it was sticking to the bottle. So I used a handy dandy tool i always keep an arms length away: my finger.

I smeared it all over the bottle. Once that was done I sat it down on my towel. MISTAKE! Wet paint + dry towel = sticky situation. Luckily there was a bottle of vitamins close by. I took the lid off and sat bottle on lid.

Drying time: for-fricking-ever! Two hours later it was almost dry. I noticed the bottle was still a little to see thru. So another layer. Did I mention my finger was blood red? Took a little scrubbing but the food color did come off. I was waiting for the second layer to dry, by now it’s after midnight so after deciding the paint will dry rather i’m awake or not I just go to bed.

I awake the next morning, way to earlyand inspect my glass jar. Here is the finished product plus the orginal Pinterest pic.

painted glassPinterest glass

 Does not look that great. Huh? Where it is going it’s not going to be viewed close up. On a positive note the glue/paint washes off. So when i’m tired of looking at the streaky paint job I can wash it.

My year round display with new bottle.

My year round display with new bottle.

close up hutch

 I’m somewhat happy with the outcome. If I find a red bottle anywhere I will buy it and clean the red off of this one.I must admit this was a Pinteresting craft to add to the life of Gotha Stewart.

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