A traditional witch bottle is a glass bottle buried in the chimney, wall or under the hearthstone or doorstep of a door. There can be many components, but all usually contain two ingredients: urine, and nails or pins.
Witch bottles now come in all kinds of purposes and ingredients, and I will show you a few below.
This is the one that is closest to a traditional bottle. I have used a rusty nail but used rum and water instead of urine. This choice was practical based – we’re moving house, and it’d be well awkward should it spill. It’s also not really practical to bury them anymore – glass bottles can shatter under the ground, and the shards of glass can work their way back up and injure someone, and most plastics aren’t biodegradable. You can brick up your chimney, but I normally keep mine in a dark drawer.
I have added mugwort, juniper berries and some of my Basic Banishing blend to the mixture of rum and water. Around the edge I have wrapped some copper wire and strung an onyx bead and two bells. Bells are a traditional way to ward off evil.
This is a bottle used for drawing in affection and admiration, rather than to ensnare anyone in particular, which is, y’know, creepy. With a love or beauty bottle, you must consider the way the bottle looks as well as what you put in it. I’ve used a pretty blue bottle, and in it are rose petals, hibiscus flows, raspberry leaves, and ginger, used as a catalyst for change.
These are two very different bottles, but for the same purpose. The bottle on your left is made from the literal crap I had in a drawer. It has frankincense bath salts for inner power, an orange rag motivation, a coin to represent financial independence. It also has a plastic spider inside, for luck.
The one of the right has the ashes of a spell, a rose quartz bead, and is sealed with green wax underneath the influence of Venus.
This one is a Just In Case binding spell, which is detailed here.
There are as many witch bottles as there are types of spell. I hope this inspires you to create your own variations!