Ever wondered how to create your very own spell jar for self-love, protection, or even abundance? Spell jars (or witch bottles) have been handcrafted and used by practicing witches for centuries to manifest their deepest heart desires. And if you’re a woman with a lot of dreams, you’re not limited to just one spell jar—make as many as you like!
If you’re a baby witch (new to witchy work), spell jars are a wonderful way to dip your toes into this world and start practicing actual magic. Plus, these jars will look beautiful anywhere in your home or even on your desk at work. And remember, any woman can be a witch. You don’t need to follow any religion or engage in regular rituals, and you definitely don’t need a broomstick. A witch is simply a woman rooted in her power and working in harmony with mamma nature.
Hearth witches, in particular, will love making these spell jars because they enjoy anything arty and crafty that helps beautify their home. If you want to know more about the different types of witches, check out this article:
Back to spell jars. In this article, I’ll explain what a spell jar is, share plenty of different recipes to make one depending on what you’re seeking, and clarify how to use your spell jars once you’re done to make the most of the magic available to you.
What is a spell jar?
Spell jars are a form of spellwork and ritual practiced by witches. They are typically made from old mason jars or recycled jam jars filled intentionally with various herbs, plants, oils, crystals, and salts to help manifest a specific desire. Witches will repeat intentions or engage in visualizations while assembling their jar and turn it into a ceremonial ritual.
Once complete, spell jars are placed somewhere prominent and serve as a wonderful reminder of what you’re calling into your life.
How to make a spell jar
Browse through the spell jar recipes below and decide which one you want to make first. Next, gather the ingredients you need, and set a time for your ritual. Doing it on a new or full moon can work well, or even on one of the other sabbats of the Wheel—Ostara, Samhain, Yule, etc.—if it’s part of a new intention for that season.
Make sure you’re somewhere peaceful and cozy. Maybe put some music on in the background. You might want to cleanse your space by burning some incense, garden sage, rosemary, lavender or palo santo. Meditate before you get started to ground in and get into a positive mindset. Place everything in your jar and arrange it until you’re happy. Seal your jar with candle wax that represents your desire (e.g., use a pink candle when making a self-love spell jar). Remember to repeat your intention as you seal your spell jar!
Enjoy the act of making something beautiful from all of these ingredients provided by the earth. You might want to say a little prayer, repeat some affirmations, or visualize your dreams as though they’re already your reality.
When you’re done, record your recipe in your spellbook (if you don’t have one, start one today!) along with how well your spell jar works over time. This will be handy to refer back to when looking to make another one.
Remember that the spell jar recipes below are simply a guide for you. You don’t have to follow them exactly, especially as there are usually multiple herbs and crystals that represent similar things. Don’t rush out to buy a ton of things. Begin by making do with what you have. What matters most when making spell jars is your energy and intention. Fill your spell jar with things you love and feel special to you. Trust your intuition.
Ingredients & tools you might need
- A herb incense of your choice to burn
- Mason jars or repurposed jam jars (any kind of jar will do)
- Essential oils
- Salts (black salt, Himalayan salt, rock salt)
- Fresh or dried herbs and spices
- Foraged plants and flowers (dried petals and flowers can work too)
- Candles of different colors
- Matches or a lighter
- A pen
- Your spellbook or journal
Using your spell jars
Where should I put it?
Certain spell jars are best placed in a particular location, which I’ll mention below with the recipes. For example, a self-love spell jar can work powerfully when placed in front of a mirror as a reminder of the love you want to show yourself. But generally, you can put your spell jars wherever you want to! On your witch altar, near the entrance of your home, in your office, or next to your bed. Wherever feels best for you.
Top tips for candles
Sometimes witches will light their chosen candles, seal their jar with the wax, and then place the candle on top of the jar and leave it lit until it completely burns out. Naturally, this poses a potential fire hazard, so put it in the sink if you’re doing this.
How long will my spell jar last?
But there are no set rules when it comes to your ritual or how long you keep your spell jar for afterward. You might choose to keep it until you see your intentions manifest in your life or until everything inside looks a little dry and dead and needs replacing. Try and return any organic matter like herbs and seeds to the earth.
Don’t forget to cleanse your tools!
Remember to cleanse and recharge any crystals used in your spell jars. Popping them in a bowl of water and leaving them on a windowsill during a full moon is the perfect way to do this.
13 magical spell jar recipes
1. Self-love spell jar
- Rose petals
- Pink Himalayan salt
- Crystals: rose quartz or clear quartz
- A pink candle
- A piece of paper with your self-love affirmations or a self-love quote
Arrange everything into the jar until you’re happy with how it looks. Light your candle and seal the jar with pink wax. Place your self-love spell jar on your altar or dressing table to remind you to practice more acts of self-love and self-care.
2. Money spell jar or abundance spell jar
- Seeds (of any kind)
- Bay leaves
- Peppermint (the plant or essential oil)
- Giner (fresh or dried)
- A note or coin
- Crystals: jade or green aventurine
- Anything else that symbolizes abundance to you
- A piece of paper with your intention
- A gold or green candle
If you want to feel more abundant or draw more money into your life, this money spell jar is for you.
Place all your ingredients in your jar, then seal it with gold or green candle wax. Think about what you’re calling in and visualize how you’ll feel and how your world will look when you’re standing fully in the flow of abundance.
3. Love spell jar
- Rose petals (pink, red, or white) and thorns
- A shot of alcohol
- A rose quartz crystal
- Rose oil
- A piece of paper with your intention
- A red candle
This love spell jar differs from a self-love spell jar because it focuses on external love instead of internal love. It’s also known as a honey jar spell, the perfect jar to add romance and passion to your life and attract the relationship of your dreams. Get yourself into the right vibration by putting on some romantic or sexy music. Write a specific intention for your love life, as though it has already come true. It could be fun to write it using your favorite lipstick. Place all your ingredients carefully into your mason jar and seal it with red candle wax.
4. Sleep spell jar
- Lemon balm
- Crystals: amethyst, clear quartz, moonstone, or selenite
- A white candle
Sleep spell jars are perfect if you have trouble with insomnia, bad dreams, or regularly waking in the middle of the night. Put on some soothing, peaceful music while you make this spell jar like ocean waves or rain sounds. Place all your ingredients in your jar and think about what your intentions are for your sleep.
5. Protection spell jar
- Sea salt
- Pine needles or a pine cone
- Dill or rosemary
- White clover
- Crystals: black tourmaline, black obsidian, or black jade
- A white candle
A protection jar is one of the most popular types of spell jars. Use this jar to protect your loved ones and home from evil spirits and negative energy. Fill your jar with your chosen ingredients, seal the lid with a white candle, and chant a protection spell. Something like, “I am always safe in my home,” or “We are protected” is perfect. Place your jar on your altar or at the entrance of your home.
6. Happiness spell jar
- Wildflower petals
- Sunflower seeds or petals
- Crystals: amazonite, sunstone, tiger eye, or citrine
- A photo or image that brings you joy
- Anything else that symbolizes happiness for you
- A yellow or gold candle
This happiness spell jar is a must if you want to call in good vibes. Make sure each item you add to the jar really brings you joy and makes you happy as you admire it. Light your chosen candle and seal the jar with some of the wax, keeping in mind your intentions.
Happiness spell jars are best placed somewhere they’ll catch the sunlight.
7. Good health spell jar
- A daisy
- Black salt
- Crystals: amethyst, rose quartz, or black obsidian
- A green candle
These health spell jars are the perfect thing to make for yourself or someone else who needs a boost in health or to prevent ill health. Collect your ingredients, and arrange them in your jar until you’re happy. Repeat a chosen affirmation about good health, like “my body is nourished and healthy” or “I am well.” Light your candle and seal your jar using some green candle wax.
Place this magical spell jar somewhere visible in your home or gift it to someone you want to keep strong and healthy.
8. Business abundance spell jars
- Lucky hand
- A leaf from a money tree
- Bergamot (also known as orange mint)
- A note or some coins
- Crystals: green aventurine, green tourmaline, or clear quartz
- A note with your business name on it
- A green or gold candle
Business abundance spell jars are similar to money spell jars but focus specifically on helping you attract wealth and prosperity in your business. Gather your ingredients, and place everything in your jar except for your coins and business name.
Write your business name on a piece of paper (or use one of your beautiful business cards), and place this next to it along with your coins. Light your candle. Next, fill your jar halfway with water, and add in your coins and piece of paper. As you do this, think about your deepest desires for your business: more sales or clients, an amazing team, or a beautiful workspace.
9. Productivity spell jars
- Crystals: tiger’s eye, citrine, amazonite, or selenite
- A yellow candle
If you want to boost your productivity levels, this is the spell jar for you. Collect your ingredients and place them all into your glass jar. Light your candle and seal the jar with wax. Place this jar where you do most of your work (your home office or workplace) or in an area where there’s lots of activity, like the kitchen.
10. Fuck off spell jar
- Black pepper
- Rain water
- Crystals: black tourmaline, clear quartz, or selenite
- A black candle
This spell jar will help you banish bad vibes and keep your space a positive, uplifting place.
Place your ingredients in your jar, and sprinkle over the rainwater. Think of this as washing away any negative vibrations. Light your candle, and seal your jar with the black candle wax. Let this spell jar work its magic at the entrance of your home or office to clear negative energy and keep it a vibrant, happy place.
11. Calming spell jar
- Bergamot oil
- Moon water (place a bowl on your window ledge on a full moon)
- Crystals: amethyst, celestite, or malachite
- A purple or blue candle
If you struggle with anxiety and stress, have a go at creating one of these calming spell jars.
As always, take and leave what you want from this ingredients list and work with what you have. These are simply suggestions and inspiration for you to create your own magical spell jars.
Place your chosen ingredients into a clean jar, light your candle, then take a few deep breaths. The oils and herbs in this jar are the perfect thing to breathe in and will have a soothing, calming effect on your nervous system. Next, seal your jar with some of the candle wax. Place this jar on a bedside table or your workspace to invoke a calmer vibration.
12. Good luck spell jars
- Bay leaves
- White rice
- A piece of rope
- A pinch of sea salt
- Crystals: citrine, amethyst, or labradorite
- A green candle
These spell jars are great when you just need a little bit of extra luck in any area of your life. Fill your jar intentionally with your ingredients, think about where specifically you’d like some better fortune, and seal your jar with your green candle wax. This one is best placed by your bed or in your wardrobe.
13. Happy home spell jar
- Lemon peel or lemon balm
- Vanilla bean or extract
- Crystals: citrine, rose quartz, or amazonite
- A yellow candle
Gather your ingredients and place them in your jar while thinking about the vibration you want to fill your home with. Light your candle, then use the wax to seal your jar. Place it somewhere prominent by your front door or on a mantelpiece.
Things to remember when creating your spell jars
1. Be creative and trust your intuition
There really is no right or wrong when it comes to making a spell jar. The possibilities are endless; you can make one for pretty much anything. Use this list as an introduction to get you started but don’t let it limit you to just these ingredients. You’ll find hundreds more plants, herbs, oils, and crystals that symbolize many things. What’s most important when choosing ingredients is that to you, they embody whatever it is you desire.
2. Meditate on & visualize your intentions
3. Take conscious action
Make sure you’re taking action in the real world too. For example, if you want to attract a healthy, loving relationship, make sure you’re putting time in to meet new people online and offline. If you want to achieve more success in your business, ensure you’re putting energy into reaching new potential customers or clients.
4. Believe in the power of your spell jar
One of the fundamental parts of witchcraft and magic is believing in the rituals and spellwork that you’re doing. Believe in the magic within you and within the Universe. Believe that the Universe wants to support you and make your dreams a reality just as much as you do.
Will you create a spell jar for self-love, protection, or something else? Tell me in the comments below—I would love to see photos of what you’ve made!