Friday, January 25, 2013

DIY Apothecary Jars - Cheap & Quick!

Recently, I shared several antique apothecary labels with you, for Antique Graphics Wednesday.  I have lots of old apothecary bottles, but sometimes I'm hesitant about altering original bottles, but I love using new jars and bottles, that might otherwise be thrown away, and altering them to make them look old.
Antique Apothecary Jar with Free Printable Labels via knickoftimeinteriors.blogspot.com
 So when I stumbled across some cute little candles in jars with lids at Walmart for less than $1, I knew I was really going to get my buck's worth from them.  I love, love, love scented candles, so at a dollar a piece, I could put these things all over the house and not spend a fortune.  No, they aren't the same quality as higher end candles, but they smell nice and leave me with a cute little jar when the candle has burned out.  What I love about these, is the label peels off REALLY easily (Notice the "easy peel" notice on the side of the label?).  Not a bit of residue is left when you pull them off.    I would imagine other stores carry something similar as well, but these were a bargain.

Turning them into little apothecary bottles is as simple as printing & cutting out the labels,
and adhering them to the bottles.  I used my original labels, so the ink didn't smudge.  Unless you have a laser jet printer, I recommend having a page of the labels printed somewhere (like Staples), where you can get an laser jet copy made.  I used spray adhesive to stick it on.
Antique Apothecary Jar with Free Printable Labels via knickoftimeinteriors.blogspot.com
 These look adorable filled with old buttons, but they would also be great filled with office supplies - thumb tacks, paper clips, stamps, etc.  They are the perfect size to use as spice jars as well, and less expensive than buying empty spice bottles,
Antique Apothecary Jar with Free Printable Labels via knickoftimeinteriors.blogspot.com
I've never shared the poison label before, so here it is.
(click on image to enlarge).
Antique Apothecary Jar with Free Printable Labels via knickoftimeinteriors.blogspot.com

For an 8-1/2" x 11" printable of all these labels on one page, click HERE.  You could tea-dye them, if you like really aged-looking labels, but mine darkened up a little just spraying the adhesive to the back of them.
Antique Apothecary Jar with Free Printable Labels via knickoftimeinteriors.blogspot.com
If you want the individual images, they are found HERE.
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Antique Apothecary Jar with Free Printable Labels via knickoftimeinteriors.blogspot.com

Blessings,
Angie

27 comments:

  1. Love your vintage labels. I have some labels and I think I might have to go find some bottles this weekend to copy your ideas.

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  2. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these!!! Why oh why did I send all of my old candle jars to the recycling center??? That darn husband of mine won't let me keep any of the good junk! Guess I'll be burning candles all weekend so that I can make some of my own! Pinned this and shared it on our FB page! https://www.facebook.com/CraftyInCrosby?ref=hl

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  3. Love these!
    Thank you for sharing.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  4. Love these, Angie. I did a post today on Valentine Love Potion bottles I made using your labels, too. Thanks again for the great printables!

    Jeanette @ Creating A Life

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  5. Well what's not to like here. Beautiful and a great way to reuse those candle jars!

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  6. These are great. I have a ton of these jar cause I burn so many candles. Love it!

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  7. So cool! I love these...what a great idea for re-purposing jars and containers (which I DO save). Thank you for sharing such an adorable project!

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  8. Thanks for the sheet of labels - I'll be looking out for some little jars to use them on. What agreat way to store buttons!

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  10. Hi Angie, I am so happy to see your label printable s! (I'm trying this again without the misspelling!) I will use these, as they are adorable! Xo Pam

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  11. Another amazing printable! I'm going to need to get crafty with this one asap!

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  12. Dear Angie ... I have an old bottle I need a label for, so maybe these will work. Thanks for sharing them. They are very nice ... you do such a nice job of reproducing them.
    Hugs,
    Audrey Z.
    Timeless Treasures

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  13. Great find on those jars. another cute idea is to add a short base to them, like an upside down glass candle holder for taper candle.
    It gives it a little bit more 'special' look. Of course yours already look special. =)

    blessings
    barb

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  14. WOW ITS MY LUCKY DAY. IVE BEEN LOOKING FOR SOME LABELS FOR MY LITTLE GLASS JARS. THESE WILL BE PERFECT. THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING.

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  15. What a great idea! I love the labels. I've considered starting a small collection of such items because I'm a pharmacist and I love the nostalgia of it, but this is a much cheaper way to incorporate that idea. Thanks!

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  16. That's a great idea! I never thought of jar candles as a source for apothecary jars. I'm totally gonna do this -- have been meaning to for awhile for a bathroom, but didn't want to pay the price for vintage/antique jars.

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  17. It is kind of you to share your talents with us Angie! Thanks for your thoughtfulness....I love the labels! Now I can dress my naked bottles.....

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  18. I am a jar and bottle collector myself, but I've never thought about turning them into little apothecary bottles. What a cute idea! Thank you for sharing your lovely labels.

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  19. These are so cute! We would love it if you would link up at our new linky party: Two Girls and a Party Hosted by:
    Dana @ This Silly Girl's Life
    Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off
    We hope to see you there!

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  20. Love these jars, and thanks for sharing at Restyled Sundays.
    Also thanks for sharing the labels

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  21. Wow! Thanks for sharing! LOVE these jars ;) Have a great weekend ;)

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  22. You're doing me in with all of your awesome projects ~ yet another! Have a great week.

    Mary Beth @Cupcakes and Crinoline.

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  23. I love the Walmart candles too... I've collected quite a lot of jars! Need to try this...
    Anjana @ http://happyandharried.wordpress.com/

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