Primitive Apothecary Jars

So yesterday my internet was out. all. day. I can’t tell you how many times I headed to my laptop to look something up or do research on something just to be reminded that, for at least one day, I was living in the stone age! Okay maybe a bit dramatic, but what can I say? I feel very attached to my computer!
On to the project I intended to show you yesterday……I made this project with my apothecary jar out of junk in mind, but with a primitive twist!
I started out with these items: Two candlesticks, two round wooden bases, two small round discs, two finials and two smooth mason jars.
Everything is already glued together in
those pictures
using a good friend of mine:
Gorilla Glue!
Here is the project all put together after I painted the bases and tops black. I did some light distressing on the places I painted to add to the primitive feel.
I tied some raffia to the tops and added some more inside the jars. Some candles add a little warm glow, don’t worry they are battery operated!
The possibilities are endless for these rustic apothecary jars! I can just imagine them brimming with candy or other yummy goodies. Or filled with pretty soaps for your guests. Or a fun way to hold your sea shells, pebbles, or other found treasures.
What would you put in them?
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  1. Wow I love these! I’ve been looking for something to do with all these jars I have laying around.

  2. What a creative idea! I love them. Love your blog too!

  3. Those are really cute! Thanks for the idea!

  4. What a GREAT idea! Thanks for sharing – I can’t wait to try this!

  5. I have to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed your blog. Your ideas are neat and the best part is that they are doable! Keep up the good ideas…love the jars!

  6. Love these jars! You did a fabulous job! I made something similar back in the fall and have so much fun changing them up for the different holidays! I am in the process of switching over from Xmas to Vday! They are so much fun.


  7. These are genious! I love how simple and elegant they are and I am adding them to my list of things to make for sure!

  8. Love, love, love this idea. I think I will have to try this next.

  9. I HAVE TO make some of these! They are soo great!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  10. Super cute and clever. I will definitely file away for future reference. Thanks for the tutorial.

  11. Too cute girl. I’m going to have to make a pair.


  12. I love these! They’re really neat

  13. Too clever! I might have to try this. They’d be really cute for Easter.

  14. This is adorable!!!! They are super great! I may have to go try my hand at these. I could see them on my bathtub with bath salts!!! Thanks for the inspirations!!!

  15. This is bookmarked for later use!

  16. I LOVE these. I think I would fill them seasonally or by holidays etc. I’m thinking candy for valentines day. Yummy!

  17. Very clever! They look so effective and so versatile you could keep such an array of things in them. Thanks for sharing.

  18. I just made something similar to this in my MOPS group using a glass canister. I LOVE the idea of using mason jars though! I have a bunch leftover from canning this summer. I think I’ll give it a try. Great job!
    Scissors and Spatulas

  19. These are adorable!

  20. Very, very clever. I wouldn’t have guessed!

  21. I am sooo excited to make these:) They are amazing.. Jackie ~ A Heritage From the Lord

  22. What a clever idea! I think the black makes them look rich and expensive. I had to laugh when I was reading about the candles, I knew they had to be battery operated, they look so real. Thanks for sharing, I found you at Transformation Thursday.

  23. Love them!!! I am bookmarking this page for inspiration.
    Came over from SCC.

  24. These are really cool! Love that you made them out of “Junk.”

  25. OMG!! How adorable are these! What a fantastic and unique idea….

    Take care,

  26. These are fabulous! Want to make me some? 🙂

    Thanks for linking up to FFA!

    Hannah @

  27. LOVE these! When our internet goes down, you would think I wasn’t born in the 70s and don’t know how to function… Funny how we get attached!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can’t wait to see what you have for next week!

  28. This is truly awesome! I’ll have to start following your blog now =)

  29. These are pure fabulousness!

  30. I love these!!!!

  31. Clever!

  32. You’re so creative, Courtney! I love these – very differently from the usual DIY apothecary jars. 🙂

    Great job!


  33. That’s a great idea with the lid from the canning jars.

  34. Great job! Those look great!

  35. So cute! I linked this to my apothecary jars project post too, come on over and take a look!

  36. so crazy cute!!! Love it!! an’t wait to make these for my mantle.

  37. You’re amazing!.. these are unreal!.. Pottery Barn will have something like these real soon!..

  38. These are so fun! I would love to feature these on my blog, Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. THanks!


  40. Adorable. I’ve just been making glass ones, I like that wood added for a little different textures. Have you seen any other ways to make creative lids…that’s my big hang up with some of these. I’d appreciate any of your ideas!


  41. so creative!! I’m loving this idea- thank you for sharing!!! Can’t wait to try it out!

  42. Where did you find the candle sticks? I can’t find them anywhere!!

  43. Your jars turned out amazing!!! They really are impressive! I hope it’s okay, I just couldn’t resist featuring them in my mason jar crafts round-up. You can see it here:

    Thank you so much for sharing!

  44. Hello there..I may have posted two comments in a row.. I’m not sure if my first comment made it thru… Anyway, I LOVE your apothecary jars.. they are truly amazing and very impressive! I hope it’s okay, I just couldn’t help but feature them in a mason jar crafts and DIY decor round-up that I just did. You can see it here:

    Thank you so much for sharing how you made these beautiful, decorative jars!

  45. WOW! These look GREAT!

  46. Wow what a transformation! Those turned out really cute!

  47. How do you keep the candles from going out with the lids on? Fire needs oxygen. I LOVE them though!

  48. I had thought about that after I asked, and that makes sense. Good idea and I’m gonna make some of these!

  49. Where did you find the candle sticks?

  50. where did you find the finials?

  51. where did you get the candlesticks and the finials??? i am not sure where to even look…

  52. anybody know where to find the unfinished wood to make this craft?

  53. Wow-this rocks.Thank you very much for sharing your cool ideas, I will take them and your Easter-inspired ones to create some pieces to sell on the basar for the kindergarden, with your permission(goodwillbasar for children). I will send you some photos if you like 🙂

  54. Love this idea! looks fabulous!


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