I had moved this vintage shadow box into the living room this summer after having it in the dining room all spring. I love moving decor around my house because each new place brings a new wave of inspiration. I decorated this cubby box right here for summer with a cute coastal theme, but once all of the summer decor was packed away it sat empty just waiting for some inspiration. If you are looking for a cute cubby shadow box like mine I found this cute one that is similar to mine!
October came and I was inspired to do some Halloween decorating and here sat my cubby box on my vintage farmhouse table ready to be turned into a Witch’s Apothecary for Halloween.
For my Halloween apothecary table I tried to think of everything a Witch might need to brew up some potions. Of course she would need all sorts of creepy crawling things and oddities. First I had to get the apothecary jars. I created my DIY apothecary jars by up cycling some empty spice jars. They are the organic spice jars from Aldi, they are small square jars which fit perfectly in my cubby.
I cut strips of natural coffee filters left over from my Thousand Oaks Wreath and Paper Leaf Garland to make the apothecary labels. I tried to think of some different apothecary items and came up with, Hair of Dragon, Sand of Mummy and Seed of Disdain.
A Witch’s apothecary for Halloween would need a few more touches outside of the apothecary goods. I added some creepy Halloween florals to the top of my vintage cubby box and topped them with a large velvet spider for a haute Halloween feel. Next to that I added some vintage books that looked like they could be old potion books and topped them with some Owls. All good witches and wizards need an owl.
Any spooky witch would have some skulls laying around and a jar full of spiders don’t you think? And probably a creepy skeleton mouse under a cloche.
My mother in law found this vintage metal calendar for me this summer and I thought it fit in perfectly on this apothecary table. The numbers seem slightly odd and out of order even though they aren’t really, But I have no idea why the months are in such strange order. It just seems the type of calendar that a witch would have to calculate when the next full moon is, wouldn’t you agree?
I also made the large witch broom to the side of the table. To make a DIY witch broom all you need is some sticks from the backyard! I just found a large long dead stick that was about 2 inches around and peeled all the bark off of it. Seeing as my yard is full of a thousand oak trees, my stick was an oak stick. Then I hot glued a bunch of small branches to the bottom of it.
A few black crows in a birdcage and a few more witch’s potion books complete this witch’s apothecary for Halloween.