Monday, May 19, 2014

Halloween Apothecary Jars

Is it too early to start talking Halloween?  I am thinking NO!  I mean, it is less than six months away.
I am overdue on posting on a craft and I have these candle jars stacking up so it seems like a perfect time to see how these would work and this ended up being a super easy craft that just took a few hours total (not counting the time to let the glue properly set).

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Anyhow, below you can see some of the empty jars I have accumulated.  Pictured are five classic jars, one LUXE jar, and one aroma bead jar.  Liquid dish soap works great for getting the wax and label residue off of these jars. The seal on the jars are excellent for using in the bathroom or even for candy/nuts.
The supplies that I used for this project are -  Glass candlesticks, knobs/finials, paint, E6000 glue (not pictured), other wooden objects (not sure what to call that round one that I want to use as a beefier lid).  Today I spent under $10 but I already had the glue and paint.
I did not go out to buy special paint, I just used some black spray paint that I had around the house.  I figured if it didn't work out, I wasn't out anything.  The smaller candlesticks are from the dollar store and the larger one is from Hobby Lobby (glass is 50% off this week).  I decided to paint two of the smaller glass candle sticks, two of the lids from the candles, the lid from the aroma beads container, and all the wooden pieces.  Now, did I take photos of the painting and gluing?  Nope.  I took my phone inside because it is really windy today and I do not need more paint on my phone.  That's my excuse and I am sticking to it.  

I can probably guess that you have questions whether the paint will stick or scratch off of the glass.  Yep, it probably will if this were something that was going to get every day use.

I used the E6000 to glue the candlesticks to the bottom of the gars and finials/knobs to the tops of the lids and behold the image below of the whole gang.  
Good thing I have easy access to creepy bugs, eyeballs, fingers, and mice.  I found a few sites for free labels and printed some off for demonstration purposes.  I used ones from here and here.  I just printed them off, cut them out and used a little brown paint in water to adhere them to the jar.  

When I get serious at Halloween on this, I will probably burn and age the labels more and use Mod Podge to glue on.  I will probably also get some other things to put inside  - maybe even paint the glass to give it an etched look.  Shoot, by then I will probably have a few more jars to add to the collection!  I know I want to have one with ashes in it labeled "Vampire Ashes" and one with hair labeled "Mermaid Hair"  - I will be sure to update with some new photos when it gets closer to Halloween and I start decorating.  I think by then I might even have to make me some sort of Medicine Cabinet out of an old pallet for these jars and others!  FUTURE CRAFT!
I thought I would give individual photos of the previous life of the jars for all of my consultant friends.  Above is the larger jar from the LUXE line (pictured is the Lush candle and dang it smells amazing and I wish I ordered more!).
This photo shows the Tropical Kiwi candle standing in to show that this is the jar used in the above jars.  I really like the black painted candle stick and lid with the knob on top but not painting them would make them more useful all year in the home (imagine them with cotton balls for the bathroom).
This is the smaller jar from the aroma beads.  I will have a few more of these soon and I think I will keep my eyes open for other candle sticks to make these different heights. These would probably also be great upside down stuffed full of grossness.

Be sure to check back closer to October to see if I update with more creepy ideas!