Now that we are well into October, I’m adding a touch of Halloween to my fall decor. For this year’s Halloween decor, I made an Upcycled Medicine Bottle Jack-o-Lantern.
Isn’t he cute? Let me show you how I made it so that you can make one for your own Halloween decor.
How to Make an Upcycled Medicine Bottle Jack-o-Lantern
Large Orange Medicine Bottle
Black Vinyl (or black felt or black electric tape)
Stem from a Small Pumpkin or Gourd
Remove Label from Medicine Bottle
Peel off the medicine bottle label and then use Goo Gone to remove the label residue. After doing this, I ran the medicine bottle through the dishwasher to make sure that it was very clean.
Add Face and Stem to Bottle
For the face, I used my Silhouette to cut out a Jack-o-Lantern design that I purchased. If you don’t have a vinyl cutter, you could cut out a face by hand on vinyl, felt, or even use electric tape.
For the stem, I used a stem from a gourd that I dried a long time ago. If you don’t have a dried stem, buy a gourd or small pumpkin, break the stem off, and glue it to the medicine bottle lid using e6000 glue.
Glue a few leaves beside the stem.
Embellish with a Curl
Cute off two pieces of wired twin and loosely twist them together. Wrap around the bottle neck, twisting the pieces to secure it in place.
Wrap the wired twine around a pencil to curl it.
Wrap Twine around the Stem
The base of the stem looked a bit exposed, so I wrapped a section of twine around it to hide the raw edge.
Decorate with the Upcycled Medicine Bottle Jack-o-Lantern
I love how this project turned out and I know I’ll enjoy using this Jack-o-Lantern in my Halloween decor for years to come.
Here my Jack-o-Lantern is perched on two vintage books. If you visited my house, you’d see this on my porch on top of the same two books with the addition of a few acorns that I picked up on walks with my dog.
This Upcycled Medicine Bottle Jack-o-Lantern was both easy and fun to make and I think is super cute. Instead of recycling an orange medicine bottle, use it to make a fun Jack-o-Lantern to use for Halloween decor in your home.