Whitney’s DIY Apothecary Jars… Too Darn Cute!

Oh hey there! I am so excited to share my next project with you guys because it was so fun to make and I am sure you will all be making one of your own! Ashley and I went to Michael’s over the weekend to look for shantys. While I was checking out, she was glancing at a magazine and ran across a lady that made apothecary jars from mason jars…. That started my wheels spinning. I would love to give her a shout out but I didn’t even see the title of the magazine. Hers were different but she for sure inspired me! Here are the supplies you will need to make these cuties… I found all of mine at Hobby Lobby for under $8. You will also need a small piece of burlap.
First you will need to glue your candlestick to your wood circle… I used Gorilla Glue and put a book on top of it for about 30 minutes.

Next, paint your finial and your candlestick. I sprayed mine with Rustoleum American Accents Heirloom White. While those are drying I started working on the top of the jar. Hot glue a small piece of burlap to the top of your lid… Mine was 5” x 5”. Glue down the burlap to the sides of the lid, starting with your corners.

Next, take a piece of twine and wrap it around the sides of the lid a few times. I also added a dab of hot glue here to keep everything in place. You can either tie a knot at this point or add a little something.
I found this little pewter cross at Hobby Lobby for $2 so I tied it to my twine…

Now take your painted pieces and do a little distressing. I also added some Ralph Lauren Smoke Glaze to mine to make it even cuter…

Next, hot glue your the bottom of your jar to the top of your candlestick… we’re almost done!

Hot glue your finial to the top of your lid… SO FUN… Love these!!

Now your final and most fun step will be to fill her up. I used some shells I had that needed a home to fill this one. But I did think about what a great teacher gift this would be… Find out her favorite candy or coffee and fill your jar up with that. She will get to enjoy her treat and her new apothecary jar! There are endless options for these babies…. I would so love to see yours when you make it…



  1. Jamie B on April 8, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Hello, This jar is gorgeous! It looks as if you picked it up in some expensive boutique! I have to try to make one of these sometime. I really love the cross, too. I hope it’s okay, I just couldn’t resist featuring your apothecary jar in my mason jar crafts and home decor round-up. You can see it here:

    Thank you so much for sharing how you made this!

  2. Amanda on May 6, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    I love this project but do not have alot of space in my apartment to put them so I, MINI-ME them. They turned out soo cute and CHEAP. I went to Michaels with my 40% off coupon in hand and went to shopping. I made 4 mini-me versions and this is what I used, besides your wonderful instrictions:
    * 4 Mini Square Apothecary Jars-$1.00 each
    * 4 Mini Unfinished Wooden Circles-$0.39 each
    * 1 pack of 4 Mini Unfinished Wooden Finials-$1.49 per pack
    * 1 pack of 4 Mini Unfinished Wooden Candlesticks-$3.29 per pack
    * 1 tube of Super Glue-$1.49 each
    * Beads- I had these
    * 2 Sponge Brushes- I had these
    * 1 tube Vanilla paint-$0.59 each
    * 1 tube Light Blue paint-$0.59 each
    **TOTAL= $13.51
    * Take 40% off the candlesticks- $1.31
    **TOTAL after discount= $11.53

    Thank you for this wonderful post oh and sorry I dont have a picture right now, I will get one though. Can’t wait to see what’s next! <3 Amanda

    • Shanty2Chic on May 6, 2011 at 11:16 pm

      Yes! I would love to see pictures!!

  3. Fanchy on February 11, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    This is too cute!! I had to try one myself. I credited in my blog back to you for the inspiration and tutorial. Thanks for enlightening my creative spirit! Jen @ Noting Grace.

  4. B.E.A on November 12, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    I'm over from Just A Girl. I LOVE this idea!! Great job!

  5. Stephanie @ and noah makes five on October 23, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    These are fantastic! We always have Mason jars at the local thrift stores. I like these better the ones you can buy at HL or HG! Great job.

  6. adrienne on October 5, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Love these! I just went to Hobby Lobby this morning to buy the materials and made one. Love it!! Thanks for the great idea and LOVE your blog and great decorating ideas. You have been blessed with a serious dose of creativity!!

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