Spell bottles are a great way to create an intention, bottle up that intention, and carry it with you wherever you go. They can represent anything from love, protection, abundance, money, and even banishment or shadow spells. Read on to learn all about DIY spell bottles, the ingredients you’ll need, the process for creating them, and some example spell bottle “recipes” you can try at home.
What Are Spell Bottles?
You can think of spell bottles as miniature alters or spells that are small and convenient enough to carry around with you. You can take spell bottles to work, place them in your pocket, travel with them (if they’re miniature), place them under your pillow, keep them next to your bed, and more.
The best part is, you don’t have to go out and spend any money. You can use things lying around the house or found in your backyard. Take a look at the lists below to determine what sort of ingredients to use in spell bottles for prosperity, money, love, or ancestral work. Get creative, and don’t forget to let me know how your spell bottles turn out!
What You’ll Need for DIY Spell Bottles
- Glass bottle with a cork or lid (any size)
- Herbs, oils, crystals, or any other items that align with your intention
- Pen and paper
Optional Spell Bottle Items
- Charms, runes, or symbols
- String, ribbon, or anything to attach the charms to the bottle
- Small crystals that can fit into your bottle. I used these.
- Any essential oil that aligns with your spell’s intentions (olive oil works too)
- Full moon water (check out this post to see how I make it!)
- Dropper for liquids
- Tweezers or small pliers to grab small flecks of ingredients
- Candle wax or glue to hold the cork in place (I don’t use this, but feel free!)
- Or anything else that fits in your bottle! This is your practice. Play around with it and make it your own
- Magnet, lodestone, siderite, or magnetite (adds extra potency to spells and can help attract or “draw’ something to you)
- Bodily fluids (spit, blood, urine, etc.)
I know, I know, the last item sounds really gross. But, traditional witchcraft often uses bodily fluids in their practice. In Appalachian folk magic (the practice I’m most familiar with), spit is used for conjuring and root doctoring. Check out this book if you’re interested in learning more.
And if you’re into the REALLY OLD traditional stuff, I highly recommend this book.
The DIY Spell Bottle Process
1. Select the Vessel
The first step in making your own spell bottles is deciding which vessel you want to use. If you’d like to carry your spell bottle with you at work or during the day, choose a bottle that’s small enough to fit in your pocket. If you opt for a larger bottle or mason jar, just remember not to fill it with full moon water or other liquids if you plan on traveling.
2. Set Your Intention
Now for the fun part. After you’ve chosen a vessel, you can start collecting ingredients that align with your intention.
What’s the purpose of your spell bottle? Do you want to manifest love, protection, love, money, a better career, etc? Once you understand your intention, you can begin to look for ingredients.
Below are a few spell bottle themes and some examples of items you could include in each. Keep in mind that you don’t have to use EVERY item listed for each spell bottle. Feel free to choose only one or two. It’s up to you!
Money, Prosperity, Abundance
Herbs: Basil, flax seed, clove, patchouli, flax seed, sage, dill, pine, frankincense, thyme
Essential Oils / Tinctures: Clove, cinnamon, myrrh, frankincense, sandalwood, orange, ginger, patchouli, lemon
Crystals and Stones: Jade, peridot, tiger’s eye, aventurine, bloodstone
Symbols: Money sign, sun, star, four leaf clover
Other Tools: Coins, paper currency, salt, fresh earth
Placements: Buried in the Earth, on your body
Colors: Pink or red
Herbs: Thyme, rose hips, yarrow, basil, lavender, chamomile, cinnamon
Element: Water, Fire (sex or passion)
Essential Oils / Tinctures: Rose, sandalwood, lavender, ylang ylang, mandrake, licorice, almond
Crystals and Stones: Rose quartz, pink tourmaline, amethyst, jade, moonstone, turquoise
Symbols: Heart, cup, ring, infinity symbol, rose
Other Tools: Cups, water, rings, photographs, locks of hair, candles
Placements: On your body, worn as a necklace, under bed, hidden near or on the other person
Career & Employment
Herbs: Allspice, basil, cinnamon, dill, sage, flax seed
Essential Oils / Tinctures: Lemon, cinnamon, patchouli
Crystals and Stones: Bloodstone, topaz, tiger’s eye, peridot, malachite, green tourmaline
Symbols: Money sign, sun, the number 4
Other Tools: Business card (scratch out old info and write desired job title), visualization techniques, resume
Placements: Buried in the earth, inside a cash register, worn on the body
Psychic Dreams & Intuition
Colors: Blue, indigo, violet, purple
Herbs: Thyme, yarrow, mugwort, nutmeg, rose, saffron, lemongrass, lavender, angelica, corn silk, bay leaves
Essential Oils / Tinctures: Blue lotus flower (tincture or oil), myrrh, cinnamon, olive oil
Crystals & Stones: Amethyst, azurite, lapis lazuli, moonstone, citrine
Symbols: Eye, third eye, eye of Horus, moon, key, triangle
Other Tools: Small mirror, moonlight, water, seashell
Placement: Outside under a full moon, place under your pillow, on or near your bed
Ancestry, Spirit Work, & Conjuring
Colors: Red, black, white, violet
Herbs: Good Johnny/High John root, rosemary, frankincense, meadowsweet, marshmallow root, ginkgo
Element: Earth, fire
Essential Oils: Lemon, patchouli, tea tree, peppermint, eucalyptus, frankincense, rose, lavender, angelica, palo santo
Crystals and Stones: Crystal quartz, black obsidian
Symbols: Heart, rose, star, wing, key
Other Tools: Letter to a loved one, message for the spirit, item of the deceased, liquor, tobacco, or offering for the deceased, full moon,
Placements: On an altar, inside of a pentagram, on your body, graveyard, over a door
Once you’ve decided the intention of your spell bottle, it’s time to prepare the spell.
3. Cleanse the Tools and the Space
You can do this in one or all of the following ways:
- Cleanse the items under the light of the full moon
- Smudge (burn sage) around all of your items, yourself, and the room you’re in
- Burn palo santo
4. Visualize Your Intention, Draw a Tarot Card, and/or Invite Spirits to Guide You
What I like to do before spell casting is to meditate for a few minutes and visualize my intention with a deck of tarot cards or oracle cards. A list of my favorite tarot and oracle cards can be found here. When the vision is clear in my head, I call upon the spirit realm to please offer guidance while I perform my ritual. I say the following:
“Only good spirit guides are welcome here. Good spirit guides, archangels, and ancestors, please give me guidance about this spell. Please tell me what I need to know…”
Then, I draw anywhere from one to three cards. I use the cards’ meaning as insight into what the spirits want me to know about the reading/spell BEFORE I continue. I use this as a tool that helps guide me along the rest of the process. For instance, if I’m doing a spell on abundance and money and draw the “Mice” card from a Lenormand deck (loss, worry, despair), that would really influence the rest of my ritual. I might then ask for clarification and draw two additional cards to see if I should continue the spell or try again another day. Again, this is just my technique. Play around with it and make it your own.
If you don’t have spirit cards or tarot, or simply don’t want to include this in your process, it’s fine to skip this part entirely. Just visualize your intention with the spell instead and begin building your bottle!
5. Recite an Incantation
Once you’ve added all of the ingredients to your bottle, don’t close it just yet. Hold your hands over the bottle and recite an incantation (prayer) to bless the bottle. This can be whatever you want, but you can refer to the incantations in my two recipes below as a guideline.
6. Close the Spell Bottle and Place It In the Desired Location
Once you’ve recited the incantation, close the spell bottle and let it do it’s thing. You can put it in your pocket, wear it on a necklace, put it under your pillow, near your bed, at your desk at work, or anywhere you feel it needs to be. Make sure not to open it until the spell has run its course. If you do want to open it later, burn or discard everything inside, then wash and cleanse the bottle (sage or palo santo) before reusing it.
That’s it! Take a look at the two recipes below for inspiration!
Spell Bottle Recipes
Below you’ll find two examples of spell bottle recipes that I created at home—a love spell bottle and a spell bottle for contacting spirits. Keep in mind that these should serve as a guideline for what you can make, and you don’t have to use all (or any) of these ingredients to make your own DIY spell bottles at home. Look around your kitchen for some of the herbs listed above, see what you have, and go from there. If you don’t want to go to craft store to buy the tiny glass bottles, use a mason jar or even an old pickle jar! Also, take a walk outside and find some fresh dirt, leaves, flower petals, or anything you feel inspired by. Look up the wild plants that might be growing nearby and then do a Google search to see if they have any magical properties that could work in a spell bottle. The idea isn’t to go out and spend lots of money. Get creative and see what you can come up with!
Take a look at my examples below for inspiration, and don’t forget to comment and let me know how your project goes!
For Love and a Long-Lasting Marriage
If you’d like to create a love spell bottle of your own, I included a sample incantation to use with it below. This incantation is generic enough to use no matter what your specific intention for the bottle, but feel free to add to it however you’d like.
After adding all of the ingredients to the bottle but before closing it, place your hands over the top in the form of a triangle. Then say these words three times:
Love from above
Love from below
Love from within
brings me love’s glow
Your spell is now complete! Place the bottle somewhere on your body (pocket, necklace, etc), give it as a gift, or hide it near your loved one.
For Spirit Work/Conjure and Enhancing Psychic Abilities
A few words of caution…any time your intention is to work with the spirit realm– whether that be root work, conjure, or ancestor work, be sure to cleanse all of the items you’re using (under a full moon, with palo santo, or sage). I always first burn sage to cleanse the space, then burn palo santo to invite the spirits.
Open up by saying that only good spirits are welcome there, then thank the spirits for their guidance. If you feel any strange sensations, be sure to repeat “Again, only good spirits are welcome here. Thank you.” Once you feel the air lighten, you can continue blessing and creating your spell bottle. Also, include some sort of offering for the deceased inside, as I did with the Blue Lotus tincture. Also make sure you add an element of protection, like black obsidian, mugwort, or angelica.
This recipe combines elements from the Psychic Dreams and Ancestry/Conjuring ingredient lists above. I wanted to create a custom bottle that would invite good spirits into my space for messages during the day and while dreaming, but also enhance my abilities to notice the messages that I will receive from my ancestors and spirit guides. I feel like we receive messages all the time but are too tuned out to notice. The goal of this bottle is to set a good intention of opening up to my spirit guides, include an offering, and ask them to use the bottle as a vessel for the messages.
Feel free to use any of what I used or none of it! That’s the great thing about spell bottles. You can mix and match, use what you have lying around the house, and include elements that work for your specific intentions.
I recite the following incantation while standing over all of my tools and ingredients laid out on the table, and after cleansing with sage and palo santo. You can paraphrase, add to it, or use something entirely different. It’s up to you!
“I call upon all good spirit guides, ancestors, and archangels.
Please use this spell bottle as a vessel
to send me messages throughout the day and as I sleep.
Thank you for your guidance.
So mote it be.”
Once this incantation is complete, I begin adding the items to my spell bottle while visualizing what I intend to achieve with it. Sometimes I even draw a tarot card for additional guidance as to how I should envision the spell.
For this bottle, I wanted additional guidance from my Spirit Animal oracle deck while my ingredients were all laid out. I asked, “Good spirit guides, please show me what I need to know about this spell bottle.” Below is the card I drew.
Love that I drew the Bee Spirit card for this spell bottle. I can’t wait to see how everything goes over the next few weeks and let you guys know what sort of messages I receive!
I’d love to know your thoughts on my approach to spell bottles, and hear your stories after you have a chance to make one! Comment below and let me know how it goes!