Monday, February 14, 2011
The other day I was swapping out my Christmas-scented candles (evergreen, cranberry, etc.) for my regular, every-day scented candles (anything that smells like it came from a bakery), when I noticed a problem: my candles are ugly.
I mean, they're just your typical glass jar candles, but the labels...well, just look at this thing:
Anyway, I turned to the Internet, and about an hour later I had this:
I could have stopped there, but those chrome lids are too modern and show every fingerprint, which is super annoying. So, a quick blast of primer and bronze spray paint later...
The one on the right is a vintage apothecary label (woot!) and the one on the left is, again, for French cologne. (I later sprayed that lid bronze, too.)
Actually a label for chocolate, but wouldn't it be great on a chocolate-scented candle?
I also love the idea of using the same apothecary label on all your candles, and then hand-writing in the different scents in ink. (Or use an old-timey handwriting font for that "authentic" spidery scrawl.)
And here's Inka's cologne label. Visit her site to download the apothecary design.
I somehow lost track of where I found this Art Nouveau label, but here 'tis:
You can also age your labels with a quick dunking/splattering of coffee or tea. Most of the ones I've found so far don't need it, but for apothecary labels especially you'll want that really well-worn look.
I'm still on the lookout for more great labels, guys, so if you find more please link to them in the comments!
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