A Two-Sided Halloween House with a Potions Shop in the back
Weber and Judd are the purveyors of fine Halloween potions, spell books, and interesting specimens in the miniature Apothecary Halloween House. The concept behind this specific Putz house is the combination of a little Halloween house and an apothecary cabinet all rolled into one - a fun DIY Halloween decoration. The pattern is in my resource library now.
Here is a brief outline for how to make Weber and Judd's Apothecary Halloween House:
- Download the pattern from the resource library
- Cut out the pattern
- Decorate the outside of the house
- Decorate the apothecary cabinet - the inside walls of the miniature house
- Make shelves for the apothecary cabinet
- Glue the house together
- Install the shelves
- Add the shingles or roofing
- Figure out the Halloween elements like miniature apothecary bottles with halloween labels, specimen jars, miniature spooky books, etc.
- Plan the location of your Halloween potions bottles and other special decor
- Glue down the Apothecary cabinet decor arranged like you want
- Make a sturdy base for your miniature Apothecary shop
- Decorate the base
- Glue your Apothecary shop to the base
- Add Halloween decorations such as miniature pumpkins or moss around the base of your spooky shop
- Finally, place your mildly spooky, gently haunted Apothecary Halloween house where everyone can admire it
Because of time constraints (that means working at my real job), this post is an introduction to the Apothecary Halloween house. You'll find full detailed instructions on how to make the miniature Halloween house outlined in the next post.
Decorate the Outside of the Apothecary Halloween House
Choose the colors and texture for the outside of the house. For this house, I chose to make a simple stone texture.
I knew that all the windows would obscure many of these details so I really didn't worry about being precise.
Decorate the Inside of the Apothecary Cabinet
Because of all the detail on both sides, this house needs to be STURDY. So I added a reinforcing layer when I made the wallpaper details inside the house. In other words, I cut out a slightly smaller piece of cardboard, covered it with my wallpaper and glued it to the inside of the miniature potions shop. Each piece of cardboard needs to be smaller than the side it goes on. For instance, these wallpaper pieces were about ¼ inch smaller than the width of each side. That allows the house to fold together easily.
Below you can see how the wallpaper cardboard reinforcements are smaller than each side by just a smidge - about ⅛ inch. Also you can see the pins that support the sign protruding through the walls. After curling each pin around needle-nose pliers, the excess wire was trimmed. With all the potion bottles and specimen jars and miniature spell books, the wire is hidden.
Make Simple Shelves to hold the Potion bottles and Specimens
To make wood grain, I got to put the new Tim Holtz 3-D Texture Fade called "Lumber" into use. I rubbed archival black ink into the folder, then colored the rest with brown Distress oxide shades. Pretty impressive wood grain, isn't it? The top shelf is actually the floor of the attic and I used leftover painted wood grain strips from previous little houses to make the flooring.
Glue the Apothecary Halloween House together
Install Shelves in the Apothecary Halloween Potions Shop
Add shingles or roofing of choice
Whenever I add the shingles or roofing, I see an immediate transformation in each miniature house. To me the design comes to life with the addition of the roofing.
Find Halloween Labels, Apothecary Jars, Halloween Potion Bottles and Specimen Jars for your Apothecary Cabinet
For the apothecary cabinet part of the potions shop, gather together all sorts of fun stuff like printable Halloween labels, miniature apothecary jars or bottles, little Halloween potions bottles, Halloween decor that will make up your specimen jars, miniature spell books, etc. You'll find this one of the funnest parts about making an apothecary cabinet or a mini potions shop.
Finally, I decided on all of my Halloween elements and glued all the tops on and figured out the placement for my mini Apothecary shop. Here is where you'll find the directions to make the mini spell books.
And what is final arrangement for the Apothecary Halloween House? Here it is.
Since I needed to have 3 shelves, I found that I had to make the house tall to hold all the Halloween decorations that I planned for. So the house is 7.5 inches tall at the roofline.