I’ve been looking for affordable apothecary jars to put in the guest bath for months with no luck. Then inspiration hit and I’m loving my $4 DIY apothecary jars!
Do you have “that space” in your house that never gets decorated? Sure you have good intentions but you can’t find what you are looking for… or maybe nailing down a vision is just not happening. Well- in the Walton house, the master and guest bath both fall in this category.
But it’s about to change! I still don’t have a big room reveal for you today, but I do have a fun DIY project that will cost you $4 and an hour!
We have this white shelf in the guest bath that is a little too “blah” for me. I would love (LOVE. lOvE! L.O.V.E.) to build some custom shelving for that space but my list of “to do’s” is a little lengthy and my time is basically non-existent so I am trying to stick to projects that can be completed in 1 nap time (assuming that exists).
At some point I decided apothecary jars would look perfect on top of the “blah” shelf and bring a little life to the guest bath. However- I did not want to pour money into this room and apothecary jars are not cheap! Even the plastic ones Walmart sells to use as candy jars at weddings cost $12+ each. I know that’s not a ton but I would rather spend $25 on something other than plastic apothecary jars.
A few weeks ago I was making my rounds to gather party supplies (I always hit Target, Dollar Tree, Party City, Hobby Lobby, Walmart, in that order!) and noticed some cute glass candle sticks at the Dollar Tree. As soon as I saw them I thought “apothecary jar”! In true Kreative Whim fashion I pushed aside all party planning thoughts for a few minutes and started digging around for things I could use to make DIY apothecary jars for the guest bath.
This is what I came up with!
Then I went to Hobby Lobby and found the wood pieces to use as lids and I had wooden dowels leftover from who knows what in my craft closet. (The one area of my house I can’t bring myself to purge!!!)
$4 Apothecary Jars
So here is how you construct your $4 knockoff apothecary jars!
2 candle sticks/holders
2 glass bowls for tea lights
1- Clean your glass. I rub mine down with rubbing alcohol to remove any oil left from my hands.
2- Use glue to attach the stems of the apothecary jars to the bowls. Allow to dry a full 24 hours.
Be sure to choose a glue that dries clear!!!!
3- In the meantime, spray your wooden dowels and wooden lids. Be sure to spray the bottom of the lid, too!
I had metallic, hammered gold leftover from Bee’s 1st birthday and thought it would add a fun flair to the tops of the apothecary jars. Have you noticed I love spray paint with a metallic sheen? Especially a hammered finish! Somehow it makes everything look a little more high quality. Even a paper mache deer head.
4- Fill your apothecary jars and start decorating!!!
As you can see I got MEGA creative and filled my apothecary jars with Q-tips and cotton balls 😉 And I sort of love them.
(These apothecary jars would make great candy dishes for a donut bar, too! I considered making more to use for Bee’s party instead of buying cute plastic dishes… then I remembered 2 important things. 1- This party was for a 2 year old and she did not care what her candy was in. 2- I don’t have room to store tons of DIY apothecary jars turned candy dishes.)
So tell me! What room do you need some motivation for? Any good DIY projects on the agenda?
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