spellbinding halloween potions. mix it. stir it.

What says spooky like some spellbinding potions? Not only is this simple project absolutely adorable, but the little ones might just be over the moon to try something like this at home. Can you say {science project}?

Earlier this week, I shared three October decorating projects that you can do in your own home for less than $20. If you missed it, take a sneaky-peek of it here. One of the tasks that was on our October Bucket List included mixing and concocting some seriously {dangerous} potions.

My boys were grinning from ear to ear the entire time we were mixing and stirring. It truly was one of those moments where I thought, “they are in heaven and this is just so silly. but, so worth it. priceless.” I hope that this spooktacular project will create some memories for you and your family in your own home. My advice:  be silly, think like a kid and put on that poker face. I never cracked a smile and I had them wide-eyed the entire time.

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{you will need}

potion bottles
{I found these bottles at our local craft store for $1 each}
small bowls or cups for water
supplies from the pantry
thick paper

{my favorite? A cream parchement cardstock)
matches or lighter

hole punch

Now comes the fun part. I set out some different supplies from pantry and had a {mixing} station for the boys to use. See a list below of the things I included for our spooky potions. Be creative. Use the ideas below as a starting point. The possibilities are endless.

{step 1: concocting your potions.}

  • water in small cups {yes, I am a dork and every moment is a learning moment, so they had to use their syringe to fill it up to a certain measurement and pour it a particular number of times}
  • green food coloring
  • salt {magic crystals}
  • ground coffee {dirt from the magic forest}
  • fennel seeds {rabbit poop. don’t ask. if you have boys you know they eat that stuff up.}
  • sesame seeds {minion eyeballs}
  • human hair {don’t freak. this was the best part. they LOVED it. i let them each cut a piece of my hair. they were dying.}
  • animal hair {poor max. i let them each cut a few pieces of our poor shih-tzu’s hair. but, everyone knows that no potion is complete without one part human hair and one part animal hair. it was necessary.}
  • slowly shake. your potion is complete.

{step 2: deciding on a spell. attaching a tag,}

  • Once you have finished your potions you can attach a cute tag to complete the spooky look. My oldest couldn’t think of a enough potions and spells he wanted for his potion bottle, but eventually settled on one.
  • Use the attached tags to either {create your own} potion tag or use the {spell ready} tags to attach to your potion bottle.
  • Print the spells on a thick cardstock. I had a creamy parchment paper that did the trick.
  • Cut out the tag and hole punch the center circle.
  • Safety first. Find a place where you won’t start a fire.
    {big deal in this house. i don’t want to hear about any fires starting.}
    Then, with your little ones have them help you blow out the flames to create the spooky edge. My ‘big’ was totally into this step and loved to help.
  • Attach the tag with twine. Done.

Spellbinding. Spooky. So silly. Oh, and the kiddos will love it. Start concocting.

try. enjoy. share.

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3 Responses to spellbinding halloween potions. mix it. stir it.

  1. Emily October 10, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    I’m dying! This is just so fun! I can just see the boys grinning & giddy through the entire project.
    I can’t wait until Sadie is old enough, I’m going to try all of these fun treats!

  2. Jennifer Schwartz October 10, 2013 at 9:03 am #

    Play date tomorrow…I think we need to try this!!

  3. Michelle Chapman October 10, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Very fun and creative idea, J!

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