From Trash to Treasure: How to Make DIY Apothecary Jars

by Theartge
5 Materials
1 Hour

Looking for a fun and practical DIY project that can also add a touch of vintage style to your bathroom decor? Consider making your own DIY apothecary jars!

These jars, originally used by pharmacists to store herbs and medicines, are now a popular decorative item due to their versatility and timeless appeal.

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Follow these simple steps to create your own unique set of faux apothecary jars that will add a touch of charm to any bathroom.

Gather your supplies

1. Gather Materials

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. 

Glass candles holders

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

Upcycle glass jars for these faux apothecary jars

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. 

Remove any stickers from the jars

2. Prepare the Jars and Candle Holders

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. 

Wipe off any residue from the jars

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. 

How to make DIY apothecary jars

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

Spray paint the lids

3. Paint the Lids and Candle Holders

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

Spray paint the glass candle holders

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. 

Spray paint the corks

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

4. Attach the Knobs to the Lids

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. 

Dip the corks in the epoxy and center them onto the painted lids

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

Carefully attach the jar to the candle holder

5. Attach the Candle Holders to the 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. 

Apothecary jar tutorial

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

Arrange the jars in your bathroom

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

Fill the jars

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. 

More Bathroom Storage Projects

For more ideas, check out this pretty DIY Dollar Tree bathroom storage tutorial.

Faux DIY apothecary jars

DIY apothecary jar tutorial

Not only are these jars a fun and easy project, but they also offer a practical way to organize your bathroom essentials.

So, what are you waiting for? Gather your materials and get started on your very own set of DIY apothecary jars!

Be sure to share your creations in the comments below, I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  • Linda Linda on Feb 06, 2023

    Love the idea, but can't seem to Pin this to my Pinterest board .. ?

  • Christie Christie on Aug 08, 2023

    Does anyone know the blue paint color that was used? What a pretty color!

  • Gayle DeBaun Gayle DeBaun on Feb 05, 2024

    What did the 4 graduated size jars hold before being up cycled? One looks like a pickle jar.

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  • Michelle Michelle on Feb 06, 2024

    Great idea! I think that I will use some vintage knobs or extra cabinet knobs instead of corks.

  • Heather F Heather F on Feb 06, 2024

    This is such a cute idea! I too keep glass jars of all kinds to use for projects. I would use something smaller on the lid for my personal taste. As far as others stating that glass jars shouldn't be used in a bathroom. They are dangerous?! I have glass items in all my bathrooms and never had a problem. I probably wouldn't put in a kids bathroom, atleast not where they can be reached. It's pretty much the same as having knick knacks/ decorative items throughout your home that are breakable. You just gotta be careful 😆