After decorating my Halloween Mantel, I decided to make a Vintage Magic Kit for Halloween to display on my coffee table. Unfortunately, inspiration struck really late at night and I did not stop to take any photos of the steps. In any case, since the whole process is really easy, I will describe in detail what I did, and will provide my sources for my potion labels and other resources and tutorials I used to put this kit together.
I actually did not need to buy anything at all for this magic kit. I already had everything I needed at home. My total cost for this kit was $0.
DIY Vintage Magic Kit How-to
Magic Kit Box
My vintage magic kit is contained within a wooden box. This wooden box was the packaging for a set of knives given to us a couple of years ago. I kept the box with no specific purpose in mind.
To make the box look the part, I created this label:
To make my label I used the old photo of a woman I found over at The Graphics Fairy LLC. The Graphics Fairy has a lot of vintage images and clip art that are great for Halloween projects, so make sure to check them out.
You are welcome to use my label for your project. Just click on the image to access the gallery. Then click on the upper right hand corner to enlarge the image, and then right-click to “save as”.
After printing and cutting the label, I crushed up the graphic, then smoothed it out and pasted it onto my box with modge podge. Once the modge podge had dried, I lightly sanded the image to give it a worn look. I also sanded the edges and corners of the wooden box. That’s it for the box.
For the potion bottles I gathered empty jars (jam, maple syrup, etc). After washing them in warm soapy water to remove labels, I spray painted them with a metallic paint. There is no reason for my choice of metallic paint other than the fact that it was the only color I had left. Once the paint had dried I tried to tone down the metallic shine by rubbing a rag with black paint over my containers. It worked only a bit.
I found these printable labels over at Seeing Things:
And this set over at the Graphics Fairy:
After cutting the labels, crushing them, and smoothing out, I simply glued them to my jars. All done.
The Magic Wand
I used this magic wand tutorial as a guide to make mine. Instead of chopsticks I used a tree stick we found during one of our walks. But the technique is pretty much the same. I used a glue gun and beads to get the shape I wanted. Once the hot glue cooled off and hardened I painted my magic wand. Take a closer look:
Old Magic Book
For the old magic book I took a hardcover book that was destined for the donation bin. The book looked pretty new, so I used my electrical drill to sand it and rough it up. I used a coarse grit for the edges and that seemed to work really well.
I created a quick book cover using the Gimp, but unfortunately I didn’t save the file. I pasted the cover on top of my book, and then just sanded gently and lightly with a fine grit. All done.
The final step was to arrange all my potions, magic wand and old magic book inside my magic kit box. I added some spider webs as well for the “abandoned look”. Here’s one more photo of the finished project:
This vintage magic kit was easy to put together, inexpensive as it uses things you already have in your home, and it is a great way to add some Halloween decor to your home. I hope this inspires you.