DIY Apothecary Jars – Cheap & Quick!

DIY Apothecary Jars
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.
DIY apothecary jars

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.  Make copies of the labels on a laser printer, cut them out, and apply spray adhesive on the back.

DIY Apothecary Jars with Free Printable Labels |

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.

DIY Apothecary Jars with Free Printable Labels |

I’ve never shared the poison label before, so here it is.
(click on image to enlarge).
Halloween Decor Apothecary bottle poison label |

For an full size 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.
Printable Apothecary Labels

If you want the individual images, they are found HERE.
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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.
Audrey Z.
Timeless Treasures

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. =)


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.

This is a great idea but, I have one question… do you get the left over wax from the candles OUT of the jar? I have tried so many different things and still I have a residue. Help?

Cindy, Once I’ve burned most of the candle, I boil water and sit the jar in the hot water until the wax melts. You may need to set something on the jar, so it doesn’t float and flip over. Once all the leftover wax is melted in the jar, I use paper towels to wipe it all off, then wash in soapy water.