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Candlesticks and jars from the Dollar Tree store are perfect for creating your own apothecary jars for Halloween. All you need is a little black paint, some Cricut removable vinyl images (I'll provide the link and all the details in the tutorial) or Halloween stickers, and glue.
These apothecary jars are so easy to make and I'm sharing them as part of this month's Thrifty Style Team!
Once you've finished reading this post be sure to head to the bottom to see all of the other projects from the team as well as links to visit their beautiful thrifty inspiration.
- 3 glass jars from the Dollar Tree in varying sizes
- 3 glass candlesticks
- two decorative glass knobs
- gloss black paint
- sponge brush
- glue - you can use a hot glue gun (this cordless one is my favorite), gorilla glue (or any glue you prefer to use!)
- Cricut Halloween Vintage-y Images - here is a link to the ones I used in Design Space (they're free!)
I picked the 3 designs above because of the 1950ish vibe. The cat reminds me of a Kit Cat Klock.
Wash the jars, candlesticks, and lids in warm soapy water before painting and adding any stickers or vinyl. I also like to give the glass jars a quick once over with a cotton ball dipped in isopropyl alcohol to make sure everything 'sticks'.
Once the jars and candlesticks were dry I painted them with gloss black paint using a sponge brush.
I forgot to take a picture but I also drilled a hole in the center of two of the lids and attached the glass knobs to those two lids.
Before gluing on the candlestick base I added the vinyl cutouts to one side of the jar. You can also add stickers at this point, whichever you prefer.
I used Gorilla glue to glue the candlestick tops to the bottom of the glass apothecary jars and allowed them to dry upside down.
I added some cute Halloween ribbon I found at Joann Fabrics to the candlesticks and added Halloween candy to the jars for display...and, eating!
Hint: In order to get the candlesticks in the center of the bottom of the apothecary jars I traced them using a purple marker which can be easily wiped off once the base is securely attached and the glue has dried.
If you're looking for a cheap and easy way to spruce up your home for Halloween, with a few supplies from the dollar store or your craft stash, you can easily transform glass candlesticks and jars into chic apothecary jars. Fill them with spooky (or not-so-spooky) decorations, and voila! You've got yourself some beautiful and affordable Halloween décor.
Now for the shares from the rest of the Thrifty Style Team!
Redhead Can Decorate - How to Decorate a Cozy Fall Corner
Our Crafty Mom - Adorable Ghost Mug Pottery Barn Dupe
I Should Be Mopping the Floor - Fall Simmer Pot Recipes
The How to Home - You are here!
DIY Beautify - Anthro Minka Pot Dupe for Under $5
2 Peas in a Pod -Olive Topiary Ballard's Dupe
The Tattered Pew - Simple DIY Halloween Ghost Pillow
Cottage on Bunker Hill - Where I Find Free Art To Print at Home
Amy Sadler Designs - Felt Bookmark with Embroidered Initial
Songbird - Decorating Lanterns for Fall
My Family Thyme - How to Make a Dried Hydrangea Wreath
And, if you'd like a tutorial for a non-Halloween apothecary jar, you can find my shabby chic alternative here.