Faux Apothecary Jars

by Theartge
5 Materials
2 Hours

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Go to your local Dollar Store and grab a few glass candle holders and then head to your recycle bin for this fun upcycling project.

For this craft, I am using corks. These are from a tequila bottle, but you could also use regular corks, or you could just use wooden knobs instead. 

These glass candle holders were from the Dollar Store and I picked up four. 

I also grabbed jars of all sizes. I have four, but you should see my cabinets. I collect these things and probably a lot of you do as well. 

Take off any stickers that are on these jars. This one has sat for a while, so there is a good amount of residue left behind. 

Use some Goo-Gone to get off any residue. Surprisingly, the Dollar Store actually had some when I was there, so make sure to look when you were there as well. 

Wipe off the jars with a clean paper towel, remove the cap and go and wash the jars. 

Take your lids outside and spray paint them. These needed two coats of spray paint and yours probably will as well. 

Let these dry and move on to the glass candle holders. I put a very light coat onto these. You could also put on a darker coat, but I just want a light coat because I think it's going to look better. 

I realized that the corks fit in the top of the candle holder, so I was able to spray the tops, let them dry and then spray the bottoms. 

Mix up some five-minute epoxy. Again, your local Dollar Store might actually have some of this. Use this in a well-ventilated area with gloves on. 

After it's mixed, dip your knob into it and center it onto the painted lid. Repeat this for all jars. 

Move on to the candle holders. Dip it and center it on the jar. Keep in mind you only have five minutes to work with this, so if you need to adjust it, adjust it fast. 

After about five minutes, check to make sure everything stays in place. 

Now let's place these in the bathroom. These jars are all different sizes, so I wanted to place these from large to small.

You can really put anything into these that you want to. I ended up choosing hair clips for the biggest one. Some Q-tips, smaller hair ties, and also cotton rounds for the smaller ones. Since I really do use them all a lot. 

These apothecary jars will help you organize your bathroom items, are upcycled,and look really cool. I love how they turned out and hope you will try making some too.

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  • Linda Ross Linda Ross on Sep 30, 2022

    I did this with covered candle, like you get with Yankee Candle. I, too, had graduated sizes. I painted the jar portion, as well, and jazzed up the pieces by highlighting raised areas with a complimentary color. Rather than use epoxy, I used super glue and instead of the cork, I had some old cabinet knobs that I highlighted with the complimentary color. So the paint won’t easy chip or wash off, I covered the entire piece with two coats polyurethane finish. I chose matte but one can choose any finish ( eggshell, satin, gloss) depending on personal preference. I LOVE this blue. What was the name on the label?

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  • Reveca Sandoval Reveca Sandoval on Sep 07, 2022

    Already have & yes it does inspire me to do different things , I usually just try to make cuts on labels leave them in water weighed down by water in them & they’re ready to discard in no time ! I like collect jars for different purposes ! I really don’t like peanut butter plastic jars bcoz I can’t ever get rid of smell & they scratch so easily!

  • Mary Mary on Oct 12, 2022

    I’m definitely going to try it out