Project: Apothecary Jar

I am in love with apothecary  jars. Actually, I'm pretty much in love with all decorative jars. Unfortunately, the nice ones (like the three Pottery Barn jars shown here on the left) can be very expensive--starting between $40 and $60 apiece.

This weekend, after months of sighing and ogling and envying, I decided to jump on the bandwagon, imitate a project I've seen done various ways all over the Internet lately, and make my own darn jar. It was incredibly easy, and incredibly quick.

I spent roughly five minutes on this project, four and a half of which were waiting for my glue gun to warm up. Total cost? $2.

Pictures and instructions after the jump.

I got my materials at the Dollar Tree. You might have things on hand that would work just as well. Otherwise, dollar stores everywhere carry variations on these items.

  • Glass candlestick
  • Round vase
  • Glue gun & glue

Make sure vase and candlestick are clean and dry, especially on the bottom of the vase and the top of the candlestick. 

Plug in glue gun and twiddle your thumbs for four and a half minutes while it heats up. While you're waiting, place vase on your work surface, bottom up, and find its center.

Apply a ring of glue around the top of the candlestick, center over the vase, and glue the top of the candlestick to the bottom of the vase. Let dry.

Take a bad picture, and then fill it with something and put it somewhere decorative.


The only problem with this is that there's no lid, of course. However, it would be perfectly easy to find glass jars with lids (I see them all the time at Goodwill and Salvation Army), in which case there is nothing left at all to dislike about this project.


  1. What a great idea!! And I have two glass candlesticks that look just like the one you used. Thanks! : )

  2. I wonder if you can use perhaps, a new ash-tray for a lid? Perhaps blue a metal nob thing to the top... or perhaps at a hardwear store you could find something metal... like the covers that go over the "too-full-drains" in a bathtub. OR even easier (and I've done this with jars that didn't have lids) you can often find a hardware store that has corks that you can buy individually. I had to take my jars in (because the size cannot be quessed at) and tried a cork on and bot-a-bing-bot-a-boom you have a lid for your jar. The tiny ones (when I bought them) were starting at like 15 to 25 cents each and some of the big ones I remembering being a couple dollars. I love how corks look, but metal would probably be almost as easy to find.. just more ingenuity. Anyway, there IS a lid out there for your spiffy jar!



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