How To Make DIY Vintage Apothecary Bottles

Ok friends, it’s time for a fun tutorial on how to make DIY Vintage Apothecary Bottles!

I am so excited to share these easy, vintage inspired apothecary bottles.

I just love a good vintage medicine bottle.

However, they can be very hard to find, or very expensive.

So I thought why not make my own?

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Find Your Bottles

Vintage Bottles from antique store

You can grab vintage bottles from a local antique or thrift store, or even head too Michaels and grab new bottles that actually look like vintage ones.

Look for Labels

You can find a ton of Vintage Medicine Labels on Etsy here are a few I found (Antique Ephemera, Reproduction Stickers, Primitive printable.) I would also check The Graphics Fairy website they have a few free ones, limited choices.

Computer screen vintage labels

Print Your Labels

Be sure to either print your labels in black and white or color depending on the look you are going for.

I chose both just to see what end result looked like.

printed off Paper Vintage Reproduction Labels
close up vintage medicine paper labels
cut out vintage labels

Be sure to cut your labels down to fit each bottle.

Pairing Your Labels

Now that all of your labels are cut out, time to match them with their potential bottle.

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DIY Vintage Bottle Project

It is ok if your. label is a little wider than your bottle.

You can always wrap it around the side of the bottle.

Vintage Bottles Paired with Labels

Prep Your Glue Mixture

Modge Podge and Paint Brushes

You want to make sure you have a few paint brushed, Mod Podge, and water handy.

Water Down Modge Podge in bowl

You want to have a mixture containing 3/4 Mod Podge and 1/4 water.

We want the glue mixture to be slightly thinner than a glue texture.

Adding Glue Mixture to Bottle

Depending on where you want to put your label, you will want to add the glue mixture to cover that space well.

Be sure to go a little larger then the label size.

Use paintbrush to add Modge Podge to bottle

Place The Label

At this point you will want to place the label on the bottle.

Place Label on top of Glue on bottle

Press down firmly and run your finger across the bottle to remove any bubbles or raised parts of the paper.

You can use your finger to move the label until its is placed to your liking.

Vintage Bottle with Label

Now it is time to seal the label to the bottle.

Grab more of your glue mixture and run another layer over the top of the label.

Use Paint Brush to add Modge Podge to Bottle

Wipe off Excess

Grab a slightly damp paper towel, and wipe off any excess glue.

This will dry clear so it is ok if there is a slight film over the bottle and label.

The cloudy film will actually make the bottle look a little more authentically vintage.

Wipe off the Modge Podge from Label

How Cool are These?

These replica vintage bottles are already looking amazing.

Just a few more steps and this DIY will be finished.

Group of vintage bottles with Labels
Close up of vintage bottles with labels DIY

Let the labels completely dry before moving on to the next step.

DIY vintage labels on bottles

Time To Sand

At this point, we really want the bottles to look as authentic as possible.

How do we make them have that vintage feel?

Well we need to rough them up of course.

Once the glue mixture has dried completely, you want to take a piece of sandpaper and run it along the edges of the label.

Use sandpaper to distress labels

You can use a knife or anything you think will make the label look worn.

We ran a knife across a few areas to give the feel that the label was tearing apart.

Use Knife to distress labels

Dirty Up The Bottle

So this step is optional, however recommended.

Take some brown paint, and add a touch of water to it. You don’t want it super dark, but still have a slightly water down look.

Water down brown paint DIY

Once your brown paint and water have been mixed, add a touch of glue to the mixture.

Pour Modge Podge into brown paint mixture

Paint over Labels

Take a paint brush and run the paint mixture over the label and bottle.

This will give the appearance that your bottle has aged over the years, and maybe in not the best of conditions.

Wipe off excess paint with a damp cloth or paper towel, and allow to dry,

Brush watered down brown paint on finished label

You can even use cloche’s to create a fun fall or Halloween bottle.

I plan to dill these with fake bugs for Halloween.

DIY Halloween Fall Cloche
Close Up Vintage Medicine Bottle DIY
Medicine Bottle DIY Bottles
Close up Medicine Bottle DIY Bottles
Vintage Medicine Bottle DIY
DIY Vintage Medicine Bottles ON mantle

This is such a fun and easy and inexpensive DIY. I can’t wait to make more of these DIY Vintage Apothecary Bottles. Be sure to check out our DIY Vintage Inspired Cake Stands.

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