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.
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***
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.
Update (01/2019): The blog I got the label printables from no longer has them on her site. Luckily, I found some pretty vintage jar labels from Knick of Time you can use instead. Click this link to download her free printable. I also wanted to let you that I’ve used the jars for over 5 years and the labels are holding up well!
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.
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.
Lay the label on the jar and smooth out the wrinkles with the back of a spoon.
Then, put a thin layer of Mod Podge on the front of the label.
Any excess can be cleaned up with a damp Q-Tip. Once the glue dries, you can scrape off the excess with your fingernail.
As much as I try not to say easy peasy, this project does get filed into the easy peasy category.
And since it costs less than a few dollars per jar, it also gets filed into the pretty-darn-cheap category.
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.
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Update (01/2019): The blog I got the label printables from no longer has them on her site. I found some pretty vintage jar labels from Knick of Time. You can click this link to download her free printable. I also wanted to let you that I’ve used the jar for over 5 years and the labels are holding up well!