Be sure to check out this tutorial to age your bottles so they fit in nicely with your apothecary setting
I love adding more and more bottles to my apothecary setting whenever I get the chance. If you haven’t yet, make sure you check out our tutorial on aging new bottles for your apothecary display. But what makes the bottle after it has been aged is a unique label. Usually the creepier the better. But often times the simple subtle label is what gives it the creepiest nature. So I find myself searching the web for that perfect label for each bottle that I have.
That became a daunting search as so many “free” printable labels are not really free. But the biggest problem for me is quite often the perfect label design that ends up saying “Zombie Snot” doesn’t really do it for me when I’m trying to build a realistic Witch Apothecary setting.
Feel free to use my new line of exclusive “ElsBeth Lair Apothecary Labels” to give you the basic label design and yet offering you to create your own ingredient titles.
These are free printable labels for you to use how you wish. I hope you enjoy them.
I picked up this skeleton dog at Costco for $16.99.
The price was right and I thought it would make a great addition as a watch dog for my yard cemetery decorations.
This is just a very quick and simple tutorial but I wanted to share it with you.
Skeleton Dog from Costco
Plastic Chain from Lowes or Home Depot about 12″ or so
2-3/4″ Connector PVC
Your favorite craft glue. Hot melt glue would probably work best
self hardening clay, or a baking clay like Sculpey would work best
Acrylic Paint: Yellow Ochre, Dark Red, Burnt Orange
Sponge or Sponge Brush
Brown or Rust color spray paint
Saw and Wire Clippers
Marker pen such as a Sharpie
Drill and 1/4″ drill bit
I wanted to add an old metal dog collar for that extra touch. So I took about a foot of plastic chain and clipped one of the links a little more than half way.
I used a 2-3/4″ PVC connector and cut 1″ off of it.
I always have this chain and these connectors in my shop because I use them for making dungeon shackles and Halloween Garland. (another tutorial coming soon.)
I cut the PVC as shown to allow me to spread the collar around the dogs neck.
With your Sharpie pen, mark on each side of your cut on the collar the span between where your clipped chain link will fit in. This is the link to hold your chain to the collar. Drill two holes where you marked it with the 1/4″ drill bit.
Play with the cut chain link in getting it to fit nicely into the holes and then set aside.
Using your clay, make around 7 small balls the same size for the studs on the collar. Pinch them into shape on the collar and when done, take them off and depending on the clay, air dry or bake according to instructions.
With your Sharpie pen, mark around the collar where you want the studs placed and glue the hardened studs into place.
Now take the chain and collar and spray paint them Brown or Rust Color.
With your sponge and Yellow Ochre paint, lightly brush your entire dog. Use very little paint on your sponge. You are basically dry brushing the bones just to add some color highlights.
Using same method paint blood where you desire. I wanted it to look like he had just devoured one of his victims. Most likely a Trick-or-Treater that ventured too far into the cemetery.
After the paint has dried, Antique entire dog with a dark brown Antiquing Stain.
Carefully Spread the collar and slip it around the Dogs neck. It won’t pull apart very easily, but it only needs to spread a little more than a 1/4″ to work it around the neck bone. While doing this a few of the studs might pop off. This is normal because of the flexing of the PVC. Just glue them back on after the collar is in place.
Take the clipped link, hook it to the rest of the chain and glue it in place, pressing the two ends into the two drilled holes. Now dry brush the collar and chain with Burnt Orange Acrylic paint to highlight it and cover any chips or glue marks caused by getting the collar around the neck.
There you have it. A Demon Dog that has broken loose from his chains of Hell and running wild in your cemetery haunt!
Learn how to make Halloween Hands with this Halloween Hands Tutorial.
A while back I had this great idea of building a new door for Halloween. All I would have to do is pull the pins on our existing front door and replace it with the Halloween Door. I still think that it is a great idea. The main problem is that I am the only one that thought it was great. My wife told me that I would end up banging up her front door moving it around and that the Halloween door would be too heavy to store well.
Okay, I see her point and had to agree, but it was still a good idea. So I had to keep thinking and this is what I came up with. I would velcro a light weight door to the existing one. This is that project. I love it and it has become one of the funnest projects I’ve done and the most commented on since it is our front door and very visible to everyone. Continue reading