Making Antique Style Apothecary Bottles

Over the summer, I brought home several boxes filled with old bottles.  There were old medicine bottles, perfume bottles, alcohol bottles, and soda bottles – just about any kind of bottle you can imagine.  I sold some of them in my shop, but hadn’t decided what to do with the rest, so I put them back in the boxes, and promptly forgot about them, until I was decluttering this week and stumbled across them.

apothecary bottles

I’ve also have a stash of old apothecary labels that I shared as a printable (here) several years ago, and I discovered them hiding in a drawer filled with junk.  Finding the old bottles and old labels on the same day, was a sure sign that they belonged together, so my decluttering efforts came to a halt, because the mess could wait until I was done playing.

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Apothecary Labels

A little glue and 15 minutes later, and I had made a bunch of “antique” apothecary bottles!  I totally feel like it was time well spent, because if I had just stuck with the decluttering, the bottles and labels would have gotten stashed away, and who knows how long it would have been before I would have found them again.

antique apothecary bottles

If you don’t have a stock of old bottles to make your own, I have listed these in sets of 4 bottles in my shop here and here.

apothecary bottles and labels

Apothecary Bottles

I also have a beautiful set of vintage amber apothecary bottles available HERE.

apothecary bottles

DIY apothecary bottles

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  1. It does pay to clean up our messy spaces sometimes! Those are great bottles and labels and yes, they did belong together. Thank you for sharing!

  2. I have a weakness for old bottles as well as labels. I wasn’t yet following your blog when you first posted the labels so am pleased to have them…saved and pinned. Thanks!

  3. I have a weakness for old bottles as well as labels. I wasn’t following your blog when you first posted the labels. Thanks for the re-run…saved and pinned.

  4. These turned out beautifully, Angie…pinning! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Patty Soriano says

    I’ve got a stash of old bottles that I found in an old garbage ditch next to my house almost 40 years ago. I am so glad to have these labels to turn them into some eye-catchers ! Thanks so much for sharing !!

  6. So cute
    Why are you so far away from France
    Have a good afternoon

  7. Love the labels. Just downloaded the printable. Thanks for sharing!

  8. These are gorgeous! I pinned them to my board so I can never forget their beauty!

  9. Hi Angie,
    This idea was perfectly timed for me. I’ve been de-cluttering my craft room and also discovered a stash of bottles similar to yours. I can’t wait to print your labels (thank you!) and do my own 15 minute bottle makeover tomorrow. Perfect project for a snowy Sunday! Love your blog,

  10. Love these Angie. This reminds me that I have a stash in the closet…time to get them out.

  11. These are great! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Angie,
    Thanks so much for sharing these…making some asap!!!


  13. I have lots of old bottles and I’m pinning this one. Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. These are really beautiful, Angie! You always have the best labels!

  15. I love this project, Angie. I’d love to make some to use as styling props. What would be the best glue to use for the labels? Thanks and have a nice day.

  16. Simply beautiful! Can I ask what kind of glue you used?
    Thank you… your ideas.

  17. Naomi S. says

    I’m hooked on old apothecary bottles, too! You really scored finding so many. And the labels really make them look authentic. I’m going to your store to see what I might need to “acquire.” I love being inspired!

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