I have a confession.
I am a hoarder of glass bottles–any size, any color, any shape. Seriously, there is an entire cabinet in our kitchen dedicated to my hoards.
When you are a hoarder of glass bottles, all that goes through your head are the endless possibilities of what new life those bottles could take on.
A few weeks ago my husband couldn’t take it any longer and asked me if I was finally going to do something with them, if not he was going to throw them out. My little heart sank, knowing that impending doom was coming to my hoards if my creative mind couldn’t come up with something to make them into.
Finally the thought hit me! I know everyone has seen the cute (or creepy) apothecary jars floating around on Pinterest for Halloween. I am not big on decorating for Halloween, but once the idea of apothecary jars was in my head I couldn’t imagine some of those bottles being used for anything else.
My husband is a whiskey drinker, and I have been saving bottles for the last 2 years. I also save wine bottles because, well wine bottles. I used a few whiskey bottles, a wine bottle, a few bottles I used as decoration at our wedding reception, and a bottle I bought at Dollar Tree a few months ago.
Luckily I also hoard wine corks, so I had plenty of bottle stoppers to choose from.
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How to Make Apothecary Jars
What you’ll need:
- Old bottles, or THESE work really well
- Cork stoppers
- Food coloring
- Double Sided Tape
Wash bottles really well, remove any labels, and let dry completely.
I made a printable version in PDF form for you to download. You can download them by clicking the picture, or clicking HERE.
Next, I printed out the labels, and using double sided tape, adhered them to the bottles. I like the double sided tape because in my experience it comes off cleaner then using glue.
I filled the jars with different levels of water, and added food coloring to them for effect. I even added cornstarch to some for a cloudy, turbid effect.
There you have it! How to make your own apothecary jars. My husband got his wish of using up my hoards, and I got to be a little creative in the process. I’d say that’s a win for the both of us.
What items do you hoard in your home? How are you decorating for Halloween?
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