Store your cotton balls and Q-tips in style with these DIY vintage apothecary jars! Using items that you can find at your local dollar store, I assembled adorable rustic apothecary jars for some added storage in my bathroom. This project is so easy to do that I may just end up making more and gifting them to friends and family! Similar apothecary jars can sell for upwards of $50 at high end home goods stores, but you can have your own for under $10! Follow my step-by-step tutorial below to start making them ASAP!
How to Make Your Own DIY Vintage Apothecary Jars
Tools and Materials:
- Glass jars with lids
- Fusion mineral paint
- Chippy brush
- Wood rounds
- Wooden candlesticks
- Sand paper
- Baby wipe
- Titebond wood molding glue
- Denatured alcohol
- Blue shop cloth
- Two towels
- Decor transfers
To get started I painted the lids of the jars. I didn’t want to get full coverage, just to make it look a little aged and rustic, so I chose to dry brush. When dry brushing, make sure to wipe most of the paint off of the brush before you paint.
I love working with this paint because there’s a top coat built into it and I don’t need to seal it once I’m done painting.
I gave the wood rounds and candlesticks a quick sanding. I just wanted to file down any burrs or rough spots on the wood. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but I didn’t want to run the risk of getting a splinter when I went to grab a cotton ball.
Then I used a tack cloth to get rid of any residue left behind from sanding.
I added a dollop of paint to the surface of the wooden round and spread it around using a baby wipe. This creates a great faux stained look without the odor of a stain.
The dry time is also super quick, so it’s a great solution to get the look of a stain without all of the hassle. I set the rounds aside to dry and repeated the process with the wooden candlesticks.
I applied some Titebond wood molding glue to the rim of the candlestick and glued it onto the bottom of the wooden round. I love this glue and use it in many of my projects. It grabs very quickly so I don’t need to sit and hold them together for a long time at all.
Make sure to wipe away any excess glue with a baby wipe. Then I let them fully dry.
Next I dry brushed the bases I had just created. I used a chippy brush which works very well with dry brushing.
I’ll be adding some decor transfers to the glass jars, so I needed to make sure that my surface was completely clean. Using some denatured alcohol and a blue shop cloth I thoroughly wiped down the glass jar. If you ever need to clean glass, denatured alcohol is a great way to do it.
I love working with decor transfers and this project is no different! I had some lovely decor transfers that were in the style of antique pots and I thought that this would be the perfect project to utilize them!
I propped my jar up on a few rolled up towels to make sure that it wouldn’t roll away while I was transferring the image.
I cut out my design transfer and removed the backing.
I placed it where I wanted it to sit on the glass and made sure to press it down.
Then, using the applicator stick that came with the decors transfers, I started rubbing all over the image to transfer it to the glass jar. You’ll see the transfer turn to a slightly muted color as it transfers to the surface.
You can slowly lift up the plastic as you go to make sure you got all of it. If you missed a spot, just put it back down and rub over that part.
Once I had transferred the full design, I went back with the backing sheet to burnish it a bit and make sure that everything was completely stuck down to the glass. Then I repeated the whole process with the other jar.
With all of my pieces complete I was ready to assemble the apothecary jars. I put a generous amount of Titebond onto the wooden base I had created and stuck the jar in place. As long as one of your surfaces is porous, like wood, this Titebond will work a charm!
I filled my DIY vintage apothecary jars with cotton swabs and cotton balls. I simply love how much character they add to my bathroom! What would you fill your apothecary jars with? Let me know in the comments below!