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New Miniature Hardware, Apothecary Chest Tutorial!

Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Halloween, Laura Carson, Miniatures, Tutorials
Update! A newer post about Laura’s artwork is here.

Wow! I know, I’ve been saying “wow” a lot lately… but just look at this Witches Apothecary Chest by Design Team Member Laura Carson!

Laura’s chest uses the new Vanity Box with Drawers as the base: It evolved from being a larger version of the 1:12 Scale Jewelry Box, but then Laura requested drawers that could be opened from either side (of course you can choose to only open them from one side).

Here’s a bit from Laura’s blog post:

My idea for this apothecary was to make it look like it was alive, complete with feet, hands and lots of eyes (I have the image of the eyes for you on my blog post).

I’ve made all kinds of witchy stuff (bottles, books, bookstand, scrolls, chalice, potion bowl, hourglass, and wand) to go on top of and inside the chest. Notice I’ve used a set of hands as part of a book stand for the Spells and Potion Book (on the top of the chest).

The candles with faces are made from polymer clay which I demonstrate how to make in the video tutorial.

I love the candles with the faces… and Laura includes tons of tips about making those (and everything in this chest, like texture using eggshells and tissue paper) on her blog post.

Here’s Laura’s Witches Apothecary Chest Supply List.

Note: Laura has a second project today (with a second blog post — more info below) PLUS another photo highlighting those candles I love is down in the Giveaway section.

New & Back in Stock Items

LOTS of miniature hardware is in stock this week… plus the return (prob for the last time) of the Tim HoltzAncestors Sepia Paper Dolls and Halloween Worn Wallpaper Pad.

Tiny Victorian Square Gold Drawer Pulls

Antique Brass Drawer Pulls – Oval Back

Antique Brass Drawer Pulls – U Shaped

Half-Round Drawer Pull – Antique Brass

Back in Stock

Vanity Box with Drawers

Antique Brass Mini Oval Drop Handle

Back in Stock

Fancy Strap Hinges w Pins – Set of 2
Back in Stock

Ancestors Sepia Paper Dolls – Tim Holtz
Back in Stock

1:12 Scale Wooden Working Table

1:12 Scale Working Scissors

Mini Halloween Darlings Half Sheet

Halloween Worn Wallpaper Pad – Tim Holtz
Back in Stock

Laura made a haunted house with the Tealight Haunted House Kit with Base, and she cleverly covered the open roof of the house with paper to create a second floor (that’s also lit from inside like the main floor). Here’s a bit from her second blog post:

I started by assembling the house and painting it black then adding paper to the front and back. To add more interest to the house, I used strips of decorative paper to create a roof, gluing the paper from the front of the house roofline to the back. I then used pieces of Black Dresden to dress-up the roof lines.

By adding paper to the roof lines, I could use an additional tea light on the back of the house to light up the second floor. I stuck the flame part into a round window on the back.

Note there’s a new collage sheet made for this project: Mini Halloween Darlings Half Sheet, with half-size versions of the little Halloween constructions (many hand colored) from the Halloween Darlings Collage Sheet! Plus a few extras have been added (characters facing the opposite direction or with recolored clothing).

Here’s Laura’s Lighted Halloween House Supply List and blog post.

Hooray for the Witches Apothecary Chest Giveaway!

As promised, another photo of the chest, and a preview of Laura’s step-by-step tutorial on how to make the candles with polymer clay.

So where to begin for this Giveaway… there are so many supply options to choose from…
New Vanity Box with Drawers
Mini Witchy Library Collage Sheet (book pages)
Amber Even Tinier Bottles
Witchy Little Labels & Ephemera Collage Sheet (bottle labels)
Dragon Claw Box Feet – Set of 4
Mini Cigar Box Set (also shown at left… “There must be something particularly nasty in the stack of boxes as it is chained and locked.”)

Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Laura’s Witches Apothecary Chest artwork (though “just” those listed above are included in the Giveaway).

And do go look at Laura’s blog post as she includes tons of photos and that video tutorial!

To enter the Witches Apothecary Chest Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, October 22, 2018).

Don’t forget to leave your (hello!) correct email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via

Hey, who won the Halloween or Christmas Mini Shadowbox Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Gerri! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, October 21st, 2018

87 responses to “New Miniature Hardware, Apothecary Chest Tutorial!”

  1. Jen J says:

    OMG! I absolutely adore that witchy chest.

  2. Shelly Norris says:

    Those Candles! Love them. But then, I love it all.

  3. Deborah Decker says:

    I LOVE the books in this!

  4. Anita Hoonhout says:

    WOW!!! I’ll love all Halloween!

  5. Ann F. says:

    The witchy chest is amazing!! Such talent.

  6. M. C. Sparks says:

    Love the candles and chained books!

  7. Sherie says:

    This apothecary definitely looks alive! I expect it to start crawling off any moment now. This would be so fun to make.

  8. Nikki says:

    I love all of this! Wow to everything 😉

  9. Diana bittaker says:

    Love it all- will be making the candles for sure and chest later!

  10. Jean marmo says:

    Love al the Halloween inspiration. The apothecary is particularly delightful.

  11. BarbMac Vt says:

    Laura’s Apothecary Chest and Haunted House are mind blowing! The books in the chest are fabulouso and the candles are out of this world awesomeness!
    I can’t wait to watch the video to learn her tricks for doing something similar!
    I think that if I won this one I would book it to the mailbox when it arrived and and let things go to pot while I crafted up my own version of this!
    The new and back in stock hardware has me giddy with delight!!!! Fingers crossed and thanks for the chance to win such an amazing prize bundle!

  12. Love apothecary cabinets of any kind and Laura’s are always my favorite! Keep them coming!

  13. wilczek lori says:

    Wow! I really love Laura’s apothecary chest and would love to make something similar.

  14. Cat Insley says:

    I am over the moon with this offering from Laura!!! Her imagination and skill is so inventive. And so inspiring! If I win this exciting bundle, I plan to make an Alice-in-Wonderland type of chest. I wish me luck…hahaha! Thanks y’all! Big hug, cat

  15. Sheila AR says:

    Laura, this is so delightful! As always, your details are incredible. Thanks for the tutorial, would love to try and make one myself. You have brought this chest to life…can just picture it following the witch around, stomping and muttering….xo

  16. Nadine says:

    I Love, Love, LOVE it all! I need more hours in my day!

  17. Deb says:

    The witchy chest is awesome! I just keep looking at the pictures finding something new every time because of your attention to all the little details!

  18. Debora L. says:

    I love the apothecary chest! What a great project!

  19. brian hughes says:

    what a cool kit.

  20. Wow! Laura has done it again such an amazing apothecary chest!

  21. Jo says:

    the chest is beautiful! love the candles and the hands and feet!

  22. Jennifer Sobolewski says:

    I’m intrigued by those locked up boxes!!! 😁

  23. Mary McCarthy says:

    Laura this is so awesome! You are a true genius

  24. Emily Ann N. says:

    Love those candles!

  25. Lorrilee Stackhouse says:

    This is perfection! I don’t know which part I like best, so many great ideas hete!

  26. Tammy Rivers says:

    Laura is amazing as always. wow wow wow

  27. Marykay says:


  28. Kat Cashwell says:

    This is so awesome!! Laura’s designs are over the top and I love them all!!

  29. Katherine Tatman says:

    The texture on this chest is amazeballs! OMG How cute are those candles!

  30. Dianna says:

    Laura’s candles with faces made with polymer clay are super funny. The chest texture using eggshells and tissue paper are fabulous. I love her incredible details in her design.

  31. Jen R says:

    Laura wows again!

  32. Janet Turner says:

    What a grat giveaway. I love the candles!

  33. Donna says:

    Love the many details and whimsy to this piece—so much to look at in such a small space!

  34. Kathe Deck says:

    Oh my goodness! – that is stunning; completely awesome!

  35. Peggy Manning says:

    I just want it all!! That chest is a m a zing !!!

  36. Judith Kirchner says:

    I love the candles! And the box is brilliant. I’m not sure I can fit one more thing in my haunted house but this might be a must.

  37. Karen Mallory says:

    This chest is fantastic! I so love everything Laura makes! I really need to make those candles!!

  38. Pauline P. says:

    Sure would like to make this chest.
    FUN FUN and more Fun~

  39. What a treat for the eyes! I spent forever looking at all the details. Laura is a genius. Yes, I love the candles also but the textures on the box fascinate me. Well done, Laura.

  40. Catharine McCammon says:

    Will hide mini delicious treasures in the mini witch’s box for my little goblin grandbabies when they pop on over! Wonderful loot and great inspirations

  41. Rebecca R. says:

    Wow! This is so awesome! I love the whole thing but I especially love the candles! So great!

  42. I love all your work Laura, but especially the Halloween ones. Magically bewitching!

  43. I just finished making an apothecary cabinet, but it would be SO cool to add a chest like this to the side! And I love the little dragons, and the candles – oh wow….why, oh why, does Halloween ever have to end?

  44. Bridget Haig says:

    What sweet little creepy works of art. The candles look like something from Walt Disney Haunted House.

  45. Vera Collier says:

    Love all things witchy!

  46. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    Pretty cool. Love Halloween. Love the feet!

  47. Cynthia Penney says:

    I am quite drawn to the candles and books. All very witchy and spellbinding!

  48. Sue Young says:

    Perfect next to my Witch’s Apothecary!!

  49. Barb A says:

    Love it!

  50. Melody S says:

    What an amazing project! The winner is so lucky and will have so much fun with this stuff!

  51. Cynthia Johnson says:

    Just my style! Love your stuff – have ordered from you before and everything was perfect!

  52. Pauline Martim says:

    I love that apthacary. It reminds me of Disney’s Haunted Masions library.

  53. Sylvia L says:

    So many clever & creative features on the Apothecary Chest. I definitely will check out Lara’s blog for her tips. The house is wonderful, too.

  54. Judy Goodwin says:

    Apothecary Chest. I like it, I like it! I LOVE IT!

  55. Judy Goodwin says:

    And the house is super!

  56. Debbie Stine says:

    Be afraid…be very afraid!

  57. Lorrie Koenig says:

    Laura Carson is such a talent! Her work never ceases to amaze me. Thanks for giving us the chance to win the goodies!

  58. jackie says:

    Those locked/chained books are great.

  59. Celia says:

    How versital this chest is……love it

  60. Carol H. says:

    Such creative talent! looking forward to adapting some of the ideas.

  61. Diane Alterman says:

    Becoming a huge guilty pleasure–this web site!

  62. Noreen says:

    Wonderful creative projects! I love each one. I would have to make all of them.

  63. Denise Bryant says:

    Such awesome projects! I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed!

  64. Donna Kottcamp says:

    I love all the books she stored inside and the cigar boxes and the feet…too many wonderful parts to mention.

  65. Unbelievable I will watch the video and I will make it

  66. Traci says:

    Both are awesome-such amazing creativity. >^..^<

  67. Jeri Stewart says:

    Wow! Great give away. My favorite holiday!!!!!

  68. Teri Steele says:

    As always Laura did a great job with her Halloween creation. Love the candles and the new box is to die for. If I can ever get my account set up with the new website Id love to buy some of the new things AS has come out with.

  69. LeAnn Aagard says:

    This is the coolest! The eyes!

  70. Lea Cook says:

    So very cool! Love how the houses can be used in so many ways

  71. Tina Perry says:

    This has to be the most adorably wicked little chest I have ever seen! The candles made me laugh. The whole thing is just amazing.

  72. Lee Maynard says:

    Some great stuff for the attic of my doll house

  73. Carrie says:

    I love the look of the candles and how they were made and put together. Very clever! it makes a nice little addition to this little chest! The wand with the jewel cap is also very cool! Nicely done!

  74. Mary Mac says:

    Love this chest and definitely would make a witch’s chest

  75. Sharon Phillips says:

    I absolutely love Halloween. Laura has so much talent! Wish I could create things like this in my mind but am so glad that there are people like her to show me how to do it.

  76. Kathy Toews says:

    That is the cutest thing ever!

  77. trudy a widner says:

    Laura does it again! Love,love this! Such an inspiration to us all! Candles are super cute, can’t wait to watch the video.

  78. Congrats Gerr! Love all the details! It’s spook-tacular. It is so nice of her to share her magic. Thanks for the chance to win.

  79. Elaine Kewin says:

    very spooky! Love it

  80. Carla says:

    Love Laura’s designs! And I love all things Halloween!

  81. Lisa C. says:

    WOW! This is a must have for my miniature occult shop!! LOVE IT!

  82. Christine says:

    I love this! The new chest is great and really like the way Laura did the covering of it. Where did she get the dragons on the book stand? I can’t seem to find out where she got them from. It’s almost alive! Ha ha

  83. Angie M says:

    This is great!

  84. Jeanine says:

    Very cool Laura! I love the candles & the chained and locked boxes. It would be a great Birthday gift if I actually win it!
    Keep these great creations coming!

  85. Teresa Hall says:

    Laura’s work is brilliant! I love those awesome miniature candles!! What fun they are!

  86. Randi says:

    Wow! This is so awesome. One of my favorites. Would love to win this one…….

  87. Sandie says:

    Very, very cool. I love everything about this giveaway.