Love the look of those glass apothecary jars in decorating magazines, but gasp at the price when you see them in the store? Never fear! I’ve got a super frugal tutorial that will give you great, one of a kind Apothecary Jars that can fit into anyone’s budget. You don’t even have to be all that crafty to make them.
(note: this tutorial is very similar to my DIY Hurricane Lamps tutorial)
Note: I purchased all the glass items at my local thrift store.
Glass jars with lids
Step 1: Wash everything well. There is no point starting out with dirty glass!
Step 2: Match up your jars with candlesticks. I set them on top of each other in various configurations to decide which combination looked best.
Step 3: Glue your candlesticks to the jars with E6000 glue.
Step 4: Let them dry fully before filling and using.
There are many things that you could put in these jars. I am decorating for fall, so I decided that I wanted to fill one of the jars with candy corn. I wanted to share a merchandising tip with you.
Now these jars were pretty deep and wide. I estimated it would take about 4 bags of candy corn to fill up my preferred jar so it appeared full. However I didn’t really want to spend money on four bags of candy corn. . . so I cheated.
First I took a clear glass. . .
And I set it in the jar upside down. Then I poured the candy corn around the jar.
Tada! The glass took up space in the center, but is invisible to the viewer. Of course I finished filling the jar up above the glass. .
The problem with decorating using candy corn? It’s edible. We went through about four bags of candy corn anyway because hubs and I kept munching on it (luckily the kids couldn’t reach it). The level would go down and I’d have to buy more candy corn. The end result? Way too much sugar in my diet, and by the time I got around to taking the final mantle shot all the candy corn was gone!
No worries-I used some of the scented pine cones I made (tutorial coming soon) instead.
I can think of hundreds of ways to use these homemade apothecary jars in my decorating. You can switch the contents by season, use them in the bathroom to hold cotton balls, or even take the lids off and put pillar candles inside.
How is that for a very quick, easy, frugal decorating project that looks like a million bucks? What would you use these jars for?