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« on: October 07, 2011 10:24:28 AM »

Hi Everybody! I wanted to share these fun apothecary jars with you. They really are easy and judging by all the amazing Crafters here you should have no trouble with this project. Here is a pic of the finished jars I've made.

Keep your eyes open for all types of jars! Start by looking at home youd be surprised what youll find hiding in your kitchen cupboards and medicine cabinets. Other great sources: Dollar stores, garage sales, home dcor centers, kitchen supply outlets, recycling centers and second hand stores. Ive found some of my best jars and bottles at a local antique store for less that $2.00 per bottle.
Try using candy jars, home canning jars, perfume bottles, wine bottles, liqueur bottles, food coloring bottles, jam jars and pickle jars.

Now gather up some creepy crawly nasty bits of fun to put inside your jars. This time of year is great for finding discounts in the fishing sections of sporting good stores or local department stores. Look for grubs, minnows, leeches and frogs. BEWARE dont buy the scented varieties...they smell like rancid fish oil!
Spirit Halloween stores also carry bags of mice, cockroaches, worms, bats...etc. Lizards, snakes, black flies, spiders and cockroaches all work great. Skulls, small skeletons, fangs, false teeth and eyeballs look very freaky squeezed into jars. Water absorbing gel beads used in floral arrangements look convincing as lizard eggs or newt eyeballs.
Peek around outside for leaves, twigs, seed pods, butterfly wings and dandelion fluff ...let your imagination go wild!

Fill your jars with your creepy crawlies. The liquid to fill the jars may be clear or colored water tinted with food coloring, tea or alcohol based inks. Olive oil is a great filler for smaller jars, its greenish color adds a very creepy look to the items in the jar. Add enough water/oil to cover the contents of the jar. With the handle of a spoon or a wooden skewer move the objects in the jar around in order to release any air bubbles. Cork bottles and screw on lids securely. New corks can be made for bottles missing their originals buy purchasing corks from a craft store or wine bottlers and carving them to fit.

After youve squeezed all your ghoulish goodies inside the jars and secured the lids youll want to add a few decorations to give them that vintage apothecary look. Wrap a portion of the cork and bottle neck with brown florists tape to mimic a wax seal, then wrap with jute secured with white glue. Brush the cork and jute with melted beeswax. For large jars wrap a brown (non-bleached) coffee filter over the top and secure with jute.  Brush the coffee filter with a little alcohol ink, Ive used Tim Holtz brand in Latte. Brush the entire coffee filter with melted beeswax.
Dont be afraid of the beeswax! I melt mine in a small dish that I put inside my slow cooker dialed to High. Melting times will vary according to the amount of wax to be melted. A two ounce disk takes about 30 minutes to melt. This is the safest method I have found to melt beeswax.
Print out the labels for the jars. You will find the link to the label sheet below. Apply a label to each of your jars with white glue.

Just for all of you on Craftster I've included the labels I used on my jars. The first sheet are my creations. The second sheet are public domain images from around the internet that I've manipulated for my own jars.
Here is the link for sheet one.
Here is the link for sheet two.
A few of the labels shown on the bottles were from sets I purchased on etsy. Unfortunately, copyright does not allow me to share those images. I included some vintage labels I found around the internet to make up for those.
Check out the contents of my jars on my blog.
I hope you have as much fun as I did making these creepy jars. HAPPY HAUNTING!
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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2011 10:27:08 AM »

Oh wow, your jars look amazing!  They make me want to host a halloween party so I have a reason to make some. Smiley  And thanks so much for sharing all your secrets in making them!

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« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2011 10:30:35 AM »

You are very welcome! I have them sitting on my kitchen table mixed in with a few jars of pickled tomatoes. More than one person has had a bit of a fright when looking through my preserves;)

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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2011 10:48:51 AM »

Those are AWESOME!!!!  I want a whole set like you have!  Too cool!  Thanks for sharing!  I am feeling the strong urge to go to the thrift store and find jars so I can make these!


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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2011 11:04:40 AM »

I think I might know what to do with the canned goodies my father made in 1980....Cheesy

Thanks for the labels and the tutorial!  Such a great way to start my weekend crafting!

Your jars look amazingly old and scary!

« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2011 12:28:48 PM »

Okay, these are just aesomesauce, but when I clicked on the link, it sends me to recovering an umbrella document. I'm hoping that it is a glitch with the iPad, will know when I get home. I have so many random jars in the house right now, perfect time to be creating stuff. Thanks!

Update* Yeah, it was my iPad for some reason. Nice job. Lowes sells Corks too, just basic ones nothing with fancy stuff on them, but they are cheap and come in MANY sizes. They keep them in the draw section of the screws, nuts and bolts area.
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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2011 03:53:10 PM »

Your jars look totally awesome!!!!

« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2011 04:05:08 PM »

I love these!!  You did such a great job on them.

p.s.  I live in Regina too Cheesy


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« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2011 06:49:34 PM »

I would love to see what everybody creates, post some pics OK Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2011 08:14:36 PM »

Some of the comments on here, make me wish we have a "like" button! LOL

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