DIY Halloween Apothecary Jar

Happy Monday! Who’s getting in the Halloween mood with fall just around the corner? I sure am! I’ll admit, I’ve done several Halloween craft over the last couple weeks, {yes, I will be posting them soon :) Here is the first one up, my DIY Halloween Apothecary Jar made from an old pickle jar! This is a great upcycle craft that is perfect for the spooky holiday.

DIY Apothecary Jar

Apothecary Jar

This was so easy to make! And I love green tinted glass. It completes the Halloween feel for this craft.

How to Make an Apothecary Jar

supplies: candle stick, empty pickle jar, E6000, DecoArt Glass Stain in Green {you can find it in the glass isle at Michaels}, paper towels, spray paint, embellishments.

DIY apothecary jars

I used a candle stick and an old pickle jar to make an apothecary jar. So it only cost me a couple dollars to make this fun Halloween craft!

  1. Wash pickle jar and remove all labels. I used Goo Be Gone to remove the stickiness. DecoArt glass stain
  2. Make sure jar is completely dry and then squeeze a generous amount of DecoArt Glass Stain into the bottom of the pickle to stain a glass jar
  3. Swirl the paint around until the entire inside of the jar is coated.decoart
  4. Tip the jar upside down an set on a paper towel placed in a paper plate. Let the excess glass stain drain from the jar, then flip it right side up and allow to dry. {you will have a little paint pool at the bottom of the jar, but this prevent an ombre effect with the paint}
  5. I did 2 coats on my green jar, so I let it dry for about an hour and then repeated the steps for a second coat to get a darker hue.
  6. Spray paint the candle stick and pickle jar lid black.
  7. Once all the paint has dried, use E6000 or super glue to adhere the candle stick to the bottom of the pickle jar. Allow to dry for 4-6 hours.
  8. Embellish as you like and add to your holiday decor!

*DecoArt Glass Stain can be hand washed with soap and water only and is meant for decorate purposes only. So do not sure on eating surfaces.

packing peanuts

I filled my green apothecary jar with packing peanuts to look like “brains” and then embellished with orange polka dot ribbon and a chalkboard tag. So easy and super cute!

Halloween Apothecary Jar

halloween apothecary jar

Such an easy Halloween craft that you can make on the cheap!

Huge thanks to DecoArt for sending me some of their awesome glass paint to try out. I thought it was great to use and the odor was pleasant, not stinky. I liked the Glass Stain consistency for this project, I felt it coated nicely and quickly. I liked the transparency of the final product. It shows off the contents of the apothecary jar nicely.
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>>>Have you started your Halloween crafts? If so, I’d love to hear what you’re working on!
happy crafting,

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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1

    So cute! They really do look like brains! Thanks for sharing!

  2. 2

    How cute and fun! I really like this project, may have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

  3. 3

    How about a mini album in an altered metal lunch box? Check it out!

  4. 4

    Another easy way to color the inside of the jar is to use 1/4 c. Elmer’s school glue and mix in approx. 1 Tbs food coloring. Mix thoroughly to incorporate the color, then pour into your glass jar and swirl around to coat the inside. :)

  5. 5

    Love this idea! Thanks for sharing…soooooooo cute!

  6. 7

    This is sooo cool! I really love it! What paint did you use on the glass to make it look so matte! This screams halloween! =)


    1. 7.1

      Thanks, Monica! I used DecoArt’s Glass Stain in green. You can find it in Michaels in the glass isle :) Thanks for stopping by!
      happy crafting,

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  8. 9

    such a cute and cheap idea! I love that glass stain. I am going to have to try it!! Thanks for the tutorial:)

  9. 10

    What cool and great idea for fall. It just gets me in the mood. Thanks for sharing, God bless.

  10. 11

    This is really cool. I love this, and may have to make a few of them!

  11. 12
    Kelly Balfour

    I thought I was crazy for already crafting for Halloween! Good to know there are Halloween Queens that have the itch as bad as I do ;)

    1. 12.1

      lol yep! As soon August hits, I am dying to do Halloween crafts! Thanks for stopping by, Kelly!
      happy crafting,

  12. 13
    Julie Bowden

    So cute Linda….can’t wait to try the glass stain!!

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  15. 14

    I love the idea of the glass stain. Packing peanuts are a wonderful idea also. You are just too darn clever. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

  16. 15

    This is such a great change-up, I wouldn’t have guessed how you did this. Thank you for sharing.

  17. 17
    Laura Maxwell

    Love, love, love this!

  18. 18

    Awesome idea! Would plastic jars like peanut butter jars work too? I thought about this for kids party’s- yes/no?

    1. 18.1

      Thanks, Kyeesha! Not sure if the paint would stick to a plastic peanut butter jar, but if you had a glass peanut butter jar, then it would work just fine!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      happy crafting,

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