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25 DIY Apothecary Jars What to Fill?

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DIY Apothecary Jars what to fill it in? Decorating with jars is beautiful for home decor. You can fill all sorts of great things to decorate with them.


Whether at party or decorating living room. Organizing kitchen or making your bathroom look fabulous.


Buying apothecary jars can be very expensive due to luxurious decor style associated with them. However, with some smart pieces purchase you can imitate the look for much less from Hobby Lobby, thrift store, Target and dollar store.


I am sharing some cheap and inexpensive Apothecary Jar ideas today! Simple use of mason jars, candle holders, candlesticks, lids and even simple glass bowls.


Once you have made these glass jars look ravishing, it’s time to fill them and decorate in trays or give as gifts. This is where the other half of this post comes in where I share what to fill in Apothecary Jars for decorative storage!



25 DIY Apothecary Jars

How to make apothecary jars for less?

A simple learning from all these tutorials shared below is to collect discounted or reasonably priced second hand items from Facebook marketplace, thrift store, vintage store, dollar store or hobby lobby etc.


Apothecary jars supplies and items

  • Clear glass apothecary jars (transparent mason jars, crystal containers or canisters)
  • Strong glue or adhesive (any glue that dries clear, E6000, gorilla glue or epoxy)
  • Candlestick or candle holder (can be made of glass, wood, metal, plastic)
  • Airtight lid (optional)
  • Paint or spray paint (optional)


Apothecary jars tutorial

  • Paint candle holders and glass apothecary jars (optional)
  • You can use variety of ideas to glass paint like tinting or spray painting.
  • Use glue to stick the candle stand to the glass bottle or glass jar.
  • Let it dry and firm.
  • Use it to decorate your home spaces.
  • These are great for organization as well.
  • They are multipurpose in kitchen and bathroom.



1. DIY candy jars

Make apothecary jars with lids using green spray paint and mason jars with tin lids. Fill them up with jelly beans, sixlets and Easter eggs.



2. Fall thanksgiving jars

Coffee and burlap bows. Distress the paint to turn them into vintage apothecary jars.



3. Valentines day jars



4. DIY Halloween jars


5. Christmas Holiday Jars

Superb Idea to change the simple look for every Holiday or season.

Simply decorate Apothecary Jars on various events to match the Holiday theme. Fall jars with wooden spools and pedestals redecorated.


DIY apothecary jar step by step instructions


6. Recycle apothecary jar

Turn cheap and inexpensive jars into luxury with this simple idea.

Vixen scored jar with lid and candle holder at a thrift store and made apothecary vase.



7. White painted apothecary jars

Bored of your transparent glass jars. Revamp them by painting them white with Milk Glass Paint.


Painting tutorial: However, instead of painting the jars from outside for an opaque look you can tint it.

  • Start by pouring runny modpodge or white glue and flow it around the jar.
  • Remove excess.
  • Now pour the paint inside and flow it around in every direction to cover the space.
  • Pour the excess paint out by letting it dry upside down.
  • Beautiful tinted apothecary jars in milk glass white paint are ready for displaying.



8. Tinted apothecary bottles

I am totally falling for amber apothecary bottles from IKEA lately. Some other trendy colors for apothecary bottles are blue, green, gold, red and clear.


You can tint mason jars and bottles in any color using modpodge and paint. Use the same technique discussed above to make amber apothecary jars that are popular these days. Turn them into antique apothecary jars with aged paper and cork lid.


Holiday Apothecary Jar Display Ideas


9. Christmas snow village jars

Cute Snow Village Decoration in small apothecary jars using Christmas trees, reindeer, holiday jingles, faux snow and ornaments. Also check out this winter snowglobes lighted village mantel decor.



10. Terracotta pot apothecary jar

I love this cute Candy Bar Apothecary Jars using terracotta pot and lid with fish bowl.



11. Candy buffet jar display

Wrap ribbon around the candy buffet vases and jars. Match your party theme and fill them up with Candy.



12. Mason jar candy holders

Apothecary candy  jars from Mason Jars and wood pedestals from Hobby Lobby.


These were some DIY Jar tutorials. Now let’s get started with Great ways to Fill Jars to decorate.


Decorative apothecary jars and what to fill in apothecary jars?

There are a variety of things you can use to fill and display apothecary jars for decorative purposes. Somethings that you might consider include:

  • Faux flowers and plants for indoor planters
  • Guest Bathroom supplies like travel size toiletries and face towels rolled up
  • Novelty items like Christmas ornaments, rocks, minerals, coin collection, seashells, sea glass and fancy candles
  • Makeup and cosmetics products like lipsticks, lip balms, eye pencils, eye shadows
  • Kitchen essential items
  • Pantry dry ingredients
  • Craft supplies like beads, paints, embroidery spools
  • Jewelry and accessories organization
  • Snacks like cookies and crackers
  • Commonly used by drug stores and pharmacies for pharmaceuticals




13. Easter jars decor

Easter Eggs, nest, birch and moss in the jars. You can also use kids friendly plastic apothecary jars.



14. Spring floral jar display

Use large apothecary jars for faux plants, dried flowers and floral arrangement for a warm decor in the jars. Add apothecary candle jars with LED candles to complete the look. You will also benefit from 9 ways to make your home cozy.



15. Pinecones and greenery tablescape

Fall pine cones and greenery arrangement in bulk apothecary jars.



At parties you can fill them up with variety of items and even add a scooper inside:

  • pretzels
  • chips
  • cookies
  • popcorns
  • candies
  • jellies
  • trail mix
  • dry fruits
  • chocolates


16. DIY drink dispenser apothecary jar
Slice up some citrus and toss it in to the apothecary jar with ice in this DIY drink dispenser. You can also use it for water or your favorite detoxing beverages.



17. Colorful party jar celebration

Colorful party celebration with candies in the Jars.


18. Apothecary jar popcorn buffet
Love this beautiful wedding arrangement of Popcorn buffet. You can fill these jars with any snack like chips, crackers and pretzels as well.



In guest bathroom these jars can hold:

  • bath soaps
  • bath salts
  • single use wipes
  • face masks sachets
  • pouch size creams and lotions
  • travel size toothpastes
  • essential oils for freshness
  • potpourri



19. Bathroom jar decor

Fill your tall apothecary jars with scented soaps, seashells or colored beads to match your decor.


20. Bathroom spa jars
Dual use as containers and as accents. A practical display of bath salts with scoop, scrubbing brushes, creams and lotions.
Guest bathroom tip:
You can also add soaps to these jars and keep the lid open for a scented luxury. How about adding a few drops of essential oil on a foam piece?


21. Double vanity bathroom jars decor
Love how the jars look in this double vanity scene via pottery barn. You can also display them on bamboo tray over bathtub.


Add spa essentials like sponges, body scrub, body brush and salt in glass jars with air tight glass lids.


22. Bathroom supplies glass jars
Organize your bathroom supplies with rustic silver jar lid and antique candle holders for sophistication.


Fill the Jars with Cotton Products like Q-tips, cotton balls, swabs and round cotton pads. A well known and popular technique of mercury glass mirror paint will be perfect for mirror looking sparkling candlesticks.



In the kitchen and pantries these are great for dual purpose decoration and organization. Use them for a variety of food items:

  • faux or real citrus fruits
  • dry food kitchen ingredients like candy and cookies
  • spice jars or spice canisters
  • fruits (make sure they receive air)
  • dried ingredients like baking flour, rice, lentils and pasta
  • baking ingredients like chocolate chips, sprinkles, sugar and baking powder
  • other pantry essentials like coffee and salt
23. Citrus apothecary jar kitchen decor
Fun and Bright Apothecary Jars with Citrus. Fill transparent jars with limes, lemons and oranges.
You can also use faux fruits like apples, pears, and so much more for kitchen decor.
Use colorful fruits like green apples, red apples, yellow lemons, orange oranges, brown pears and so on!


24. Kitchen apothecary jar organization
Great way to organize food in the Italian kitchen style.


Your kitchen storage will look amazing with these jars containing everyday dry food essentials like noodles, macaronis, spaghetti and rice. You can also get creative with these dry pantry ingredients with pasta crafts you need to try.


Replace the candy buffet at the reception with savory popcorn flavors. There are a variety of ideas for party food like the ones at Best food bars and station.



Some varieties of plants and greenery are great for living arrangements in glass jars. These include:

  • succulents
  • air plants
  • moss
  • dried birch, wood, twigs
  • pinecones
  • acorns
  • decorative stones and pebbles
  • pine tree branches
  • twinkle lights (if no watering is required)


25. Terrarium transparent glass display
Superb Terrarium display in the jars via Etsy. Use live moss, twigs and pinecones.


26. Succulent glass jar centerpiece

Succulents in glass jars with decorative pebbles.


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  1. Ami Allison says:

    Oh my gosh, Hani!! This list is FABULOUS!!!

  2. lauren @ West Furniture Revival says:


  3. Will and Tracy says:

    Incredible post!! I have received lots of these jars from my Mom and did not know what to do with them. You have given me amazing solutions that will spiff up my home so tastefully. Sharing this one!

  4. Jennifer says:

    That's it…I'm buying apothecary jars one at a time. Or making them! Great post. Great ideas. My fave is changing them around for the seasons.

    Hopped over from Trendy Treehouse!

  5. vixen Made says:

    What a great post! I love ALL the ideas. Also, thanks for including mine in your collection, what an honor!

  6. Candace @ Candace Creations says:

    great post with lost of great ideas!

  7. Bonnie @ Uncommon says:

    Love us some Apothecary jars!! Thank you so much Hani for including ours!! 🙂

  8. Doreen says:

    I l.o.v.e. all these great ideas. I pinned three of them, and will definitely keep this post in my must-do file!

  9. Deepthi says:

    Wow !!! All these are soo beautiful…. wish I had some too…….
    Great post!!

  10. jeanetteann says:

    What wonderful ideas. Love these jars in all shapes and sizes. So much you can do with them, x

  11. SweetPepperRose says:

    Fantastic post with fantastic filler ideas! Esp the wedding reception!

  12. Laura Cyra says:

    So many uses I need to get my hands on some apothecary jars!! Laura stopping by from Real Momma and the Best of Your Best Blog Hop!

  13. Emma says:

    Oh my gosh these are all so pretty! Which one to pin…?

  14. Kelley @ Miss Information says:

    Hani what great ideas! I love those girls at Uncommon!Thanks so much for linking up at the the Best of Your Best Blog hop at Miss Information!

  15. Becca @ The Sassy Penguin says:

    This is a great list! I wanted to do a candy bar at my upcoming wedding but the candy is so expensive!
    I have to try to make my own jars out of candlesticks! Thanks for all the inspiration.

  16. The Prudent Pantry says:

    What a great round-up of ideas. I love glass jars so I can't wait to try some of these!I would love it if you would share this at the Smart Solutions linky party. Have a great day!

  17. Heather Kinnaird says:

    what a fantastic collection of ideas!

  18. mary_smith says:

    Wow! I'm impressed with the collection of jars. Thanks for the inspiration!

  19. Stunning ideas! Loved them all…I love how you can change them so easily for the holidays.

  20. Julie says:

    I love love LOVE all of these ideas! Thank you so much for sharing on Marvelous Mondays. 🙂

  21. Tauni says:

    What a fun round-up. These are great ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Lelanie Denso says:

    these are indeed great ways of using apothecary jars! thanks for sharing. I am totally pinning this.


  23. These are awesome! I'm pinning them too! I just may need to start a whole new board!

  24. Eydie Adams says:

    Where can I purchase these apothecary jars?

    1. Hani says:

      You can find a variety of these in various stores such as Walmart, Amazon, Bed Bath and Beyond, Kitchen Stuff Plus, Target, Thrift Stores, Wayfair, Ali Express and so many more. I hope this helps!

  25. These apothecary jars look great and would make perfect gifts! I love the idea of filling them with homemade bath salts or candles for a personal touch.

    1. Hani says:

      I love candles in jars they provide warmth!

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