By Julie Lewis
Glass apothecary jars are all the rage right now especially for the holidays. They are a beautiful and functional accent to your seasonal décor, yet can be a bit pricey. Here’s a very inexpensive and easy way to create your own apothecary jars using recycled and upcycled elements…then painted for a unique and whimsical look. Plaid Designer, Julie Lewis shows you how using dollar store candlestick holders and grocery store condiment jars.
What you’ll need:
FolkArt® Enamels™ Paint – 4001 Wicker White, 4039 Calypso Sky, 4121 Forest Moss, 4140 Aqua
FolkArt® Acrylic Paint – 524 Calypso Sky
FolkArt® Extreme Glitter™ – 2790 Turquoise
¼”, ¾” tape
¾”, 1 ¼”, 1 ¾” foam spouncers
¼”, ½” flat brush
#1 Liner brush
Assorted wood knobs/balls/wagon wheels
Glass candlesticks – Dollar Tree
Glass grocery jars w/lids – labels removed and jars thoroughly washed
Assemble your supplies and let’s begin.
Apply Aqua enamels paint with spouncer to your glass candlesticks. Only apply up to the decorative rid at the top of the candlestick. Set aside to dry.
Glue your assorted wood pieces together to create three distinct finials.
Paint your finials and your three lids to the glass jars with acrylic paint Calypso Sky. Let the lids dry thoroughly between coats.
Apply several coats of Turquoise Extreme Glitter Paint to lids and finials.
They look pretty glittery and rich when dry…set aside while you paint your jars.
Wrap two rows of ¾” tape at the bottom of each jar. Remove bottom row and wrap above top row.
Remove tape below your top most row and this is the area you will apply paint to.
Apply several coats of Calypso Sky enamels paint with spouncer. Remove tape before paint dries to prevent pull up.
Create snowmen around one jar with assorted spouncer sizes in Wicker White.
Tape off triangle shapes on another jar using ¼” tape. Apply Wicker White and remove tape.
Create large dots around third jar with largest spouncer in Forest Moss.
Paint details with liner brush and create all dots using opposite end of paintbrush dipped in paint.
Here’s how they look finished! At this point, your jars and candlesticks can be baked referring to enamels bottle instructions or it can be air dry cured for a longer time.
Apply E 6000 is candlesticks and attach to bottom of jars.
Glue finials to jar lids with craft glue to finish.
Just fill with peppermints or holiday candy…even ornaments! Festive and fun for your holiday enjoyment.