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holiday apothecary jars

The origins of the term Apothecary began in the field of medicine as an Apothecary was a medical professional who dispensed medicines. In the craft world, Apothecaries are jars that are used to store candies, spices and other such items. Modern apothecary jars have decorative lids and tall raised bottoms that are used as home decor.

holiday apothecary jarsIn this tutorial I found on ‘Mamas Happy Hour”, you will be learning how to make festive Holiday Apothecary Jars that you can fill with things like candy corns, christmas candies and other holiday novelties like tiny ornaments etc. to decorate your home and holiday tables.

This tutorial will show you how to make these JOY Holiday Apothecary Jars like the ones in the photo. You can use this tutorial as a guideline to make any type of apothecary jars you want for any number of holidays or as home decorations any time of year.

What you will need:

  • 3 jars with lids- differing sizes if you like
  • 3 wooden letters that spell “joy”
  • 3 wooden finials
  • 3 4×4 wooden bases
  • 3 5×5 wooden bases
  • 3 wooden candle sticks- differing sizes if you like
  • Ribbon to hang the letters
  • Holiday ribbon to tie around finials
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Christmas candy
  • Gorilla Glue

holiday apothecary jars


Paint finials, lids of jars, all bases, candle sticks, and letters black with the acrylic paint.

Using the gorilla glue, adhere candle sticks to top and bottom bases.  Also, glue the finials on top of the lids.

Fill the jars with any type of item; (candy, bells, ornaments, etc)

Finish with a ribbon around the base of the finials

That’s all there is to it. To see the original tutorial please visit Mamas Happy Hour website for this and many other wonderful things.

holiday apothecary jars

holiday apothecary jars

holiday apothecary jars

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