Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Make Your Own Apothecary Jars

I have always loved apothecary jars, but they always cost more than I'm willing to pay. I found a tall, skinny jar at the thrift store a few weeks ago that had a lid and thought it was pretty so I brought it home. I didn't know what to do with it, so I left it on my countertop until I could think of a use for it. I just so happened to have a collection of glass candlesticks that I was going to use with plates to make cake stands, but then it hit me that I could epoxy the candlestick to the bottom of the jar! Eureka!

***For those of you who are wondering (Naomi), epoxy is a really strong glue you can find at any home improvement store. Mine was called "Two-Ton Epoxy" so I guess it would take 2 tons of pressure to pull the candlestick and jar apart. It works great on glass and ceramics, or pretty much anything you want to stick together. And one other thing--to see the photos better, click on them to make them bigger.

So, take a cute jar with a lid (this one is from JoAnn's for $3):

Then pick out a candlestick holder, like this one from a thrift store for fifty cents:

Think of something you want to put in the jar:

Then add it all together to get something like this:

Or this:

Or make a whole collection to display together. I want to put little terrariums in them and watch them thrive.

Pretty. Easy. Quick. And really inexpensive. My kind of project!


AngiDe said...

Now that is a cute idea! I just might have to take a stab at it. Thanks for sharing!


Naomi said...

So cute! But let's pretend that I don't know what 'epoxy' is exactly.

Hey, we decided to hire the realtor after all for renting the house. Our tenants have a vicious dog (new policy of 'no pets') and they are being difficult about showings and I wouldn't want to put you through that. But, if she doesn't get it rented by the time they leave, let's talk.

Abbigail said...

Nice and pretty.

Trish said...

genius! now that's something even i can do!keep sharing and inspiring, beck!

Janie said...

You are a crafting genius!

nickyfish said...

Love it! You are so creative. I miss you--please call me if you head this way. Pete and I, really, are trying to come this fall. We'll see if we can make it work. Give big hugs to your family.

Aunti Nati said...

Nicely done and beautifully photographed. Now if I can just get to the stage where I can have breakables in the house again because my kids won't smash them ... :)