DIY Mason Jar Apothecary Jar

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If you are as addicted as I am to Pinterest and DIY projects, you can't miss the countless pinned projects that include mason jars. The possibilities are endless: Mason jar lamps, Mason jar soap dispensers…

I already use Mason jars to store all kinds of things in our home – I just love the old-fashioned look — but I decided to make an apothecary jar out of a Mason jar.

This do-it-yourself apothecary jar would look good displaying just about anything, like cereal or craft supplies, but I decided to fill mine with candy.

You need these supplies:

  • big Mason jar with lid
  • E6000 glue
  • short candle holder (I bought mine for $2 at our local thrift store)
  • finial or woodenspool or similar for the top (I found a top of a canister that worked perfectly)

Mason Jar Apothecary Jar Tutorial:


Putting this apothecary jar together is pretty easy:

  1. I loved the silver color of my candle holder and the funky top piece I found, but I decided to spray paint the mason jar lid with a metallic paint color to keep the color scheme. You could also spray paint all four parts one color or several colors. Find a well-ventilated area in your house or spray paint the lid outside. Make sure not to get a lot of spray paint on the inside of the lid so it still closes when you put it back on the mason jar.
  2. While the paint is trying, glue the candle holder to the mason jar with the E600 glue and let it dry for a few hours. I wanted to put something really fun in the candle stick hole that would be closed in once I glued the mason jar on it, and I decided to fill it with buttons. A marble would also have worked.
  3. When the paint on the lid is dry, glue the top of the lid to the rim of the lid with E600 glue and let it dry before you glue the piece you'll use as the handle to the top of the mason jar lid. If you are impatient like me, screw the lid back onto the jar so the top of the lid stays put when you are gluing on the handle.

As you can imagine, depending on what kind of candle holder and lid handle you find either in your household, in a thrift store, or at a yard sale, every one of these Mason jar apothecary jars will be one of a kind. I plan to make a couple more and display them as a group. And during the holidays, I can give away some of these apothecary jars as unique gifts, filled with something the recipient loves.

Did this post inspire you to make something out of a Mason jar? Looking for unique supplies for this DIY project would be a great excuse for a fun visit to your local thrift store. Bring the kids and have them brainstorm with you which items would work. What about spray painting a plastic animal to use as a handle?



(Inspired by this post. Images via Dagmar Bleasdale)

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DIY Mason Jar Apothecary Jar

Dagmar tackles motherhood, thrifty home decorating, DIY projects, and green and frugal living on her lifestyle blog Dagmar's Home. She loves finding treasures in thrift stores and sells her handmade candles on Dagmar's Home Decor. Connect with her on Twitter (26,000 followers), Facebook, and Pinterest. ... More

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  1. PrettyBoogs says:

    I love the idea! but what does Apothecary mean? I will have to look it up.


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