Chic Apothecary - Halloween Decor

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This is our second fall season in our first home. And while last year I was solely focused on Thanksgiving and Christmas, I knew 2018 would be the year to pick up some goodies for my Halloween decor collection. As usual, I started by “shopping” my own closets, garage, and home decor to pull together items that could serve double duty for Halloween - trays, vases, candles, etc. :: Flashback to me vigorously scrubbing the labels off of old jars, bottles, and candles to use for this project :: Then I hit up Dollar Tree, Goodwill, and various craft stores to pick up a few creepy objects.

My vision was to focus on one single spot versus trying to decorate every square inch of the house. I wanted my apothecary shelf (aka our tv console unit) to have a more sophisticated halloween vibe with seemingly random “found” objects in neutral/warm tones.

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I started by laying down a piece of netted cloth fabric (from Dollar Tree), placing a tray and marble tile, and then leaning some halloween artwork and books right up against my already existing wall decor that I typically have on the shelf. I made the framed artwork by printing out images found on Pinterest and pasted them onto an old mirror (from Goodwill) with Mod Podge. I did the same print & paste method for the jar labels and used pieces of potpourri as filling for some.

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The little black coffin and skeleton are both from Dollar Tree. The skeleton came in a pack of 4, and the coffin was a bright orange color so I spray painted it black. The himalayan salt lamp is another home decor item that lives on this console unit year round, and I actually loved the warm glow it added to the entire set up.

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I wanted to add a creepy crawly layer to the ensemble, so I sprinkled some spiders, bugs, and mice throughout, but made sure they were all black to match the theme. The brown book is an old planner that I never ended up using. The black book is from Dollar Tree - I just removed the book jacket to have a plain black cover to work with. For the cover images, I printed and pasted them on using Mod Podge and brushed on some watered down brown paint to make them look a bit old and dingy.

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In my opinion, the overall aesthetic really comes together if you use bottles and jars that have unique shapes and random sizes. Add dimension with candles and texture with greenery or foliage. I used some faux leaves I found in a closet, but I think moss would actually be perfect for this!

To fully complete the set up, I would fill in some of the jars and bottles with liquids, and maybe add a few spider webs in random spots. But for now, I am just loving how this little collection of apothecary chotchkys turned out! A little creepy, a little chic, a lot of fun!

Xx Laura