Wednesday, November 9, 2011


   This great tutorial comes from www.thatswhatchesaid.net .  You make these for all year around depending on how you paint them and what you would fill them with.  I am definitely goint to make a few a these for Christmas time, instead of going out and paying $20-30 dollars on one.

My Take on Apothecary Jars


  • (3) Glass Jars
  • (3) unfinished wooden Candle Sticks
  • (3) 4″ unfinished wooden plaques
  • (3) 3″ unfinished wooden plaques
  • (3) unfinished wooden finials
  • STRONG glue or Epoxy
  • Spraypaint

1. Start out by removing all the price tags. This will take you forever! Goo Gone may also be your friend right now! Hobby Lobby is laughing at me right now because their damn SKU tags stick like mad to that damn unfinished wood! (Yes, I am bitter)

2. Glue the TOP of your base plaque to the BOTTOM of your candlestick. Let Dry. (tick, tick, tick)

3. Take your finial and glue it to the lid of your jar. Let dry. (tick, tick, tick, tick)

4. Take Base/Candlestick in Step 2 and glue TOP of candle stick to TOP of plaque, so that the Plaque’s larger side is facing up. You now have the base for your apothacary jars. Let dry (tick, toc, tick, toc, tick, toc)

You then have these guys:

5. Spray paint the finished bases and the lids. Work in light even coats and let first coat dry before reapplying. (seriously more waiting) Be sure to spray the top of the base well because your clear glass jar will sit on top and you won’t want to see unfinished wood there.

6. Glue the BOTTOM of your jars onto the TOP of the bases. Let dry. (Might as well make a drink at this point..you have to do more waiting!)

7. Finally the best part! Fill the jars!!! Since it is almost September, and to me, September is Back to School Month…I choose to fill mine with Pencils, Jumbo Crayons and Gluesticks and bottles!

You will see these little darlings again with their bellies full with different things for the different holidays! I already have plans for Halloween, Turkey Day and Christmas!! Can’t wait!
Oh and someone wanted some creative credit for the contents of the jars…

I love them! I hope you love yours as much also!

My Project Notes:
For the jars: I found mine at Hobby Lobby. You can do all the same size or mix and match. I decided with (2) medium size and (1) small size. The large size was just too tall. You can also use regular household jars (pickles, salsa, etc) I just preferred the width of the lids on these from Hobby Lobby. (alot of grocery stores carry jars of different sizes for canning or even Walmart)

For the Candle Sticks: Heights are your preference again. You can go different heights or same. I did kind of the opposite of the jars and did (2) small and (1) large.(same thing here, a big box store)

For the Plaques: These I found in the unfinished wood section of HL. They are to make plaques with. You will need a set of 3 to be your base of your candle stick and a set of 3 to be the base for your glass jar. Your size may differ from mine depending on the jars you use. (I reccommend big box store)

For the Finials: Your choice. I only had one choice at HL and these are it! (I would suggest one of the big box lumber/hardware stores)

For the Glue: I used 9001. It reminded me of Rubber Cement and took forever to dry. It was nice because I could center the candle sticks on the plaques but I am impatient and did I mention it took FOR-EV-ER to dry? (I'm leaning towards high temp hot melt glue or an epoxy, I've tried to use 9001 many times and just don't like it)

For the Spraypaint: Choose a color already in your supply or one that matches your decor. Your choice. I went with both of the above and chose black. I had it and it matched! (for best results choose a flat black or white or even some kind of metallic.  I even found one paint that looks like oil bronze)


  1. These are super cute! I love making them but have a heck of a time finding the unfinished wooden candlesticks and finial toppers locally. I was fortunate to find some at Michaels and goodness were they expensive. After it was all said and done and I finished my TWO apothecary jars I had spent $35 which to me isn't too cost effective, and that price was WITHOUT any filler. any suggestions on where to find the candlesticks and finials for a much more reasonable price?

  2. I would try one of the big box hardward stores like Lowes or Home Depot. They are usually in back by the wood products. Instead of looking for candle sticks, look for table legs. I would even try a second hand store. That where I usually find a lot of odds and ends at very cheap prices. If you go to Walmart or Kmart, look at the curtain rod supplies. You can find the decorative ends that look like finials. Let me know if this helped you.