DIY Halloween Apothecary Jars

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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.

DIY Halloween Apothecary Jars made with jars and candlestick holders from the Dollar Tree Store

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.

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Screenshot of designs to make Halloween Apothecary Jars in Cricut Design Space

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jars and glass candlesticks from the dollar tree being washed in warm soapy water

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'.

glass candlesticks and metal lids painted with black craft paint

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.

felix the cat in black vinyl

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.

Black glass candlesticks glued to the base of apothecary jars

I used Gorilla glue to glue the candlestick tops to the bottom of the glass apothecary jars and allowed them to dry upside down.

dollar tree apothecary jars for Halloween filled with Candy corn

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!

purple sharpie marker used to mark an outline on the bottom of an apothecary jar for the location of gluing glass candlesticks

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.

DIY Halloween Apothecary Jars

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!

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Songbird - Decorating Lanterns for Fall

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And, if you'd like a tutorial for a non-Halloween apothecary jar, you can find my shabby chic alternative here.

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DIY Halloween Apothecary Jars

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  1. Lynne Zemaitis says:

    I just love Dollar Tree crafts and these apothecary jars are so perfect for Halloween! I love how fun and festive they are! I am inspired to give this a try. Thank you for sharing!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Lynne! It was honestly such a simple craft and I really like how it turned out. xo

  2. Jennifer Howard says:

    Really cute idea Mary Beth!! Happy Halloween!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Jennifer, and Happy Halloween to you as well!

  3. These are so stinkin cute Mary Beth! I love the glass knobs on top, such a great detail!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Cindy! xo

  4. Vicki and Jenn 2 Bees in a Pod says:

    OMG Mary Beth - your Dollar Tree project is just adorable. We love how you put together these DIY apothecary jars, then added a Halloween spin. Fantastic!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Ladies! I appreciate your kind words. xo

  5. Wow, those jars turned out so good! What a great idea and wonderful repurpose.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Marianne!

  6. These turned out so cute. Perfect for Halloween! I love how they look full of candy. So fun!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Kelly! I'm trying to ignore the's my weakness! xo

  7. MB, these look like fun to make! I love taking the time to sit and craft...I need to get my craft on because I find it so relaxing. You did an excellent job on these. I remember your pink one, too!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Julie! I hope you find some time to craft's so good for the soul and you deserve some time to reflect on beauty and create. xo

  8. Mary Beth, these are so cute! The whole design, from the jars you picked, to the finishing crystal top is adorable.
    Wonderful craft!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so very much, Rachelle! xo

  9. Kristi Dominguez says:

    Oh, I love a good apothecary jar and these are the cutest, Mary Beth! xoxo, kristi

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Kristi! xo