Friday, January 22, 2016

DIY Dollar Tree Apothecary Jars

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I LOVE Apothecary Jars! I have always wanted them because you can do so much with them and put different things inside them to go with so many different themes. What I DIDN'T like about them was the price! Apothecary Jars can cost anywhere from $18 to all the way up to $60! Yikes!!! Even though I LOVE them I couldn't see myself spending that much on one Apothecary Jar. Recently I had been on Pinterest and saw some posts on how to make Apothecary Jars with some old vases and candle sticks and I got inspired to create my own. Usually I would post on here the websites that I got my inspiration from but the truth is there are so MANY post on Pinterest on how to make Apothecary Jars that if I would link up all the post it would take up this whole post LOL. So lets just say that I got my inspiration from MULTIPLE post on Pinterest. LOL Thank you  to all on Pinterest who inspired me and gave me some ideas. I took from each post what I liked about them and came up with some ideas of my own and create my own Apothecary Jars. I was so happy with how my Apothecary Jars came out! In fact, I like the ones I made better than the ones in the store and mine only cost $3 or less to make them. So let me get right into the post so I can show you guys how I created my own Apothecary Jars.

Sorry for the blurry picture. The main material that you will need to make these Apothecary Jars is E6000 glue. This glue works great for glass projects. You should let the glue dry for at least 24 hours without touching or moving the pieces that you are gluing together. 

These are some of the things I used to make the different types of Apothecary Jars. I used different size glass vases, different size glass bowls and glass candle sticks. I got them all from Dollar Tree. I also used small and large glass lids from old candle jars that I clean out after the candles were burned down.

To make my first Apothecary Jar I used this slim glass vase, glass candlestick, and I used the lid from this round glass jar that I also got from Dollar Tree. The round glass jar won't go to waste because I have another DIY project in mind for the round glass jar without the lid. Nothing will go to waste because I will always have something in mind for it.

First thing I did was, I attached the glass candlestick to each vase. I turn the vases upside down and glued the candlestick to the bottom of the vase in the center using the E6000 glue. Do not touch or move the candle stick for 24 hours.

I then used a butter knife to remove the plastic rim from the jar lid because I didn't want the plastic to show through the Apothecary Jar and I love the look better when it is all glass.

This is how the first one came out.

I use the same things to make this Apothecary Jar except for this one I used a smaller vase.

For my next Apothecary Jar, I had to make a different lid for it than the one I used in the previous Apothecary Jar because this Vase's rim opened up wider than it's base. This is one of the ideas on pinterest that I saw but instead of gluing a knob on the small bowl, I decide to use what I had at home instead of buying something. What I had at home were old glass candle jars and the lids would be perfect to use instead of a glass knob to glue onto the small bowl.

I popped off the plastic rim off the small glass candle jar lid just like I did with the glass jar lid from  the previous Apothecary Jar I made.

Then I glued the small glass lid onto the small glass bowl with E6000. Wait 24 hours to dry.

This is how it turn out.

Now I will admit if you do not put the lid on right with this Apothecary Jar it will tip over like this.

One way to prevent this is by putting four hot glue dots on the bottom of the bowl. I didn't like the way it looked so I removed the glue dots and just kept it without it. Once you put your contents in the Jars your lid won't move much and unless you bump it, it won't move so I didn't have a problem with it staying in place but if you want some security then you can do the Hot Glue dots on the bottom of the bowl.

For the next Apothecary Jar I needed to make a different lid as well because the vase I used for this Apothecary Jar was a wider vase. To make the lid I used a medium size glass bowl and a small glass candle jar lid.

I glued the small glass candle jar lid to the glass bowl with E6000.

This is how this one turn out.

My last Apothecary Jar was easy to make because I did not have to make a lid for it. The lid from a old large glass candle jar fit perfectly in this shaped vase.

This is how my last Apothecary Jar turn out.

This is how three of them looked put together.

Again I am sooo HAPPY that I found ideas on Pinterest on how to make my own CHEAPER and BETTER LOOKING Apothecary Jars. All these Apothecary Jars cost me $3 or less each to make and that is WAY CHEAPER than $18-$60.

Stay tune for future post on how I use my new Apothecary Jars and what I put inside them.

Coming soon is a post title Valentine's Day Dollar Tree Apothecary Jars.

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  1. I wish you would post a pic showing them filled. Great job! They are gorgeous!

    1. Hi JenMel Check out this post I post yesterday I showed how I filled the Jars with Valentines Decor for Valentine's Day! More post on how I am going to fill them in other parts of my home coming soon. :-)

  2. Lovely the way you can make these great jars !

  3. Awesome post, the jars look so beautiful!!

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  4. Maria,
    These look great - quick question - does the base of the jar need to be the same width as the top of the candle stick. Can you make this with a bigger vase/jar and will it still sit up?

  5. What a great idea! I'm going to make some... and as an added touch, I'm going to tint them! Hope I can sell some here locally. Thanks for sharing.

  6. i made a few of these last week and love them !!! I suggest gorilla glue for the base! I had to re-glue
    them , so i picked up some of this glue and WOW did it work great!!!

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  8. Love your blog .I will be making my own jars from now own .Thankyou for shareing //I will keep following you.

  9. Great ideas for lids. You did a wonderful job!