DIY Decoupaged Vintage Apothecary Jars

diy vintage apothecary jars

I’ve tried my hand at decoupaging galvanized metal, wood, and plastic but until now I’ve never tried Mod Podge on glass. Today, I’ll show you how easy it is to take cheap spice jars and make them look like vintage apothecary jars.

diy decoupaged vintage label jars

Last month, I ventured up to Asheville, North Carolina in search of antique stores in the area. Thank you to those on Facebook and Twitter that clued me in to The Antique Tobacco Barn.

The moment I walked in the door, I’m pretty sure I heard angels singing. ***Cue the choir***

antique store in asheville

I had one hour to power shop my way through 70,000 square feet of antique-lovers paradise to find accessories for our guest bathroom. Give a girl with shopping ADD an hour in a massive antique store and you come out of there with nothing…nada…not a single thing to accessorize the bathroom.

Since I couldn’t find what I was looking for, I decided to make something of my own.

I love anything to do with vintage advertising so I did a Google image search for “printable vintage pharmacy labels” and found these cute and colorful vintage apothecary labels made by Cathe of Just Something I Made. There are 14 different style of labels to choose from.

I had a sheet of the labels printed out at Kinko’s on matte photo paper for $0.75. Since it’s printed with laser ink, you won’t have to worry about the ink bleeding when using Mod Podge. The colors were a little off, but I think that had to do with their printers and not the labels.

supplies for decoupaged vintage label jars

I found the spice jars, 4 for $6.00, at Wal-Mart.

How to make decoupaged vintage apothecary jars:

Start by washing the jars and wiping them down with a little alcohol.

Put a thin layer of Mod Podge on the back of the label. The tweezers help to keep the Mod Podge off your hands and on the label.

how to decoupage on glass

Lay the label on the jar and smooth out the wrinkles with the back of a spoon.

decoupage on glass

Then, put a thin layer of Mod Podge on the front of the label.

mod podge on glass

Any excess can be cleaned up with a damp Q-Tip. Once the glue dries, you can scrape off the excess with your fingernail.

decoupaged vintage apothecary jars

As much as I try not to say easy peasy, this project does get filed into the easy peasy category.

vintage apothecary jars

And since it costs less than a few dollars per jar, it also gets filed into the pretty-darn-cheap category.

decoupage labels on spice jars

So, I hope this project inspires you to make some easy-peasy-and-pretty-darn-cheap apothecary jars yourself. Please let me know if you do!

You can see where I used the jars in the vintage inspired bathroom reveal here.

guest bathroom with turquoise mirror


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  1. I have never used Modge Podge on glass either! I sure will now! These jars are so great. Thanks for the inspiration… ONCE AGAIN!!

    • You’re welcome, Sonya! I’m pretty convinced that Mod Podge is the 8th wonder of the world. You can use it on about anything it seems. 🙂

  2. Oh, I’m gonna have to make some of those! They are great!! (Love the shelf they are on too!!)
    Thanks for sharing

    • Thanks, Nancy! Graphics Fairy had some cute pharmacy labels, too. Your Mod Podge Mother’s Day vases were so cute I had to get my decoupage fix. 🙂

  3. Love this project and the ease of it is an added bonus.

  4. I LOVE these Tricia! I feel totally inspired by them… Great colours and I love the vintage feel.

  5. So cute! Love the vintage vibe. Pinned and shared my dear 🙂

  6. I love them! You’re so crafty 🙂

    • Thanks, Debbie! I have a feeling I’m going to be on a mod podge kick again. I’ve got 2 more projects to work on this week. 🙂

  7. Angels singing! I so know what you mean! And with regards spending an hour and getting nothing amongst lots of “somethings”, I know what you mean there too! You are very talented with your jars. Love your blog. 😀

  8. Love this! Going to pin this project. 🙂

  9. So glad you made it to the Tobacco barn…it’s HUGE! These are really cute Tricia.

  10. love those jars and I’m so jealous. Have to go to Asheville!

  11. I adore these, Tricia!!! Perfection!

  12. Thanks for sharing your great tutorial – these are so beautiful! A great way to repurpose old jars too! Pinned!

  13. LOVE tese Tricia! Great way to dress up those jars. Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday! Pinning! 😉 Bonnie @ Uncommon Designs

  14. I love doable crafts…not that I’ll do them, but I like looking! (i’m a very uncrafty gal)

    Popping in from Oh, Mrs. Tucker!

  15. These are so cute! I love vintage little jars. If you get a chance, please share this on my link party

  16. Super cute! Thanks for the printables, as well. That looks like a place I could get lost in for hours if I went, and my husband wouldn’t have a paycheck when I dug myself out. 🙂
    Visiting from That DIY Party.
    Second Wind of Texas

    • You’re welcome, Jodi! Yes, my husband is so lucky that I can’t make my mind up when I shop. I have a feeling he won’t be so lucky next time! Thanks for stopping by!

  17. These are darling! I’m going to have to make this one! Pinning 🙂

  18. I just loved these so much I made them my Feature from last week’s Project Inspire{d} party! Hope you are having a great weekend Tricia! 🙂

  19. Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful Jars at Project Inspired! I featured them today here! and pinned to my features board!

  20. Hi,

    this is beautiful! I’ve pinned it, I will sure make it.
    I didn’t know what mod podge was. When I need to glue paper on glass, I use milk. It’s in my kitchen, works perfectly, cheap, and green 😀

    Have a beautiful day,
    Marie-Ange, Europe

  21. I just love this, I was looking for something for some updates I’m making in my bathroom in my rental.

  22. Excellent post! Certain not to skip viewpoints that you might probably handle to disclose to be able to rationalize your last aspect a small quantity further? Bless you!


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