DIY Apothecary Jars
If you haven’t heard, I’m newly in love with Fixer Upper! My newest project are these DIY apothecary jars. I’m currently on a mission to take some of that take the old & make it new again creativity into my own home.
I’ve not only seen these on my new FAV show, but all over Pinterest…and since I pretty much could use what I already had around the house (plus a few extra dollars) I knew this would be the perfect Fixer Upper project. Who doesn’t have a few dollar store candle holders or some old jars they been holding on to for waaay too long for that certain project. Well, folks, this is that project! I grabbed my candle holders, a couple of empty gravy jars, and my handy E600 miracle glue. I also read a tip somewhere about using sandpaper to rough up the bases so the glue has some grip to hold onto. Lastly, I grabbed a can of spray paint & few knobs that I had leftover from these Mason Jar DIY project to put ontop of some of the lids. So here’s a round-up of what you’ll need:
- Candlestick holder/or alternative vases for base
- Mason jars/empty food jars/whatever else you have laying around for the top
- E6000 glue
Extras (not necessary)
- Spray paint
- Acrylic paint
Guys, when I say this has been the biggest impact for the smallest time & money output, I’m not even kidding. My mother-in-law got a sneak peek to this project and jumped on this like a cat! She started planning and gathering as soon as she seen them. I have the how to pictures below, and I don’t even think I have to explain anything…but I’ll give it a whirl:
- First clean your candle holders and jars. Make sure they’re all the way dry before starting the project.
- Prep your candlesticks by taking the sandpaper over the flat top. I moved it around in all different directions. You’re not really looking to sand it, just get it a little scruffy (not so smooth).
- Add glue to the circumference of the base (where you plan to attach the base to the top). One you attach the base and top, turn the jar upside down, even put a book on top for added weight while it’s drying. Speaking of drying, it’ll take 24 hours for a solid dry.
- Next, figure out what candlesticks or even small pillar candle holders you want to go with each jar topper. Whatever makes you happy here! If you’re having a hard time getting the creative juices flowing, allow me to provide you with some inspiration. Here are some apothecary jars I found on Pinterest.
- Here’s another opportunity to flex your crafty muscles. Paint the lids, paint the bases, add some knobs, go crazy, these are yours!
Also, remember to think about what you’ll be using these for. If you’re using them in the kitchen (like my mother-in-law is planning to do) you may want to use jars that have lids. She’ll be using these apothecary jars to hold her coffee, tea & sugars on her kitchen counters. If you’re using them for your makeup or jewelry (possibly even these DIY gemstone earrings Sarah has happening over on her blog), you might want to consider jars without the lids for easy access. Here’s some inspiration for makeup and jewelry apothecary jars.