Christmas Apothecary Jar Project

Sunday, December 12, 2010



I have three Apothecary jars sitting on my kitchen island that I normally fill with plastic fruit to give a punch of color to our kitchen. You can fill Apothecary jars with pretty much anything and can change up what you are displaying to keep your decor interesting year round. One of the best things about decorating with Apothecary jars is the ability to change what you are displaying inside them depending on the season.


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One of the decorating projects that I wanted to tackle this Christmas was to decorate my three Apothecary jars. And I wanted to do so without spending a lot of money. Glass ornaments can be expensive! Even a box of glass ornaments at my beloved Target can go for $5 a box of 7-10 ornaments. To decorate three large Apothecary jars, I was going to need at least fifty small to medium sized glass ornaments. I also didn't want to use up the ornaments that I already had reserved for our Christmas tree. So I decided to check out our local Dollar Tree and I was impressed! They had boxes of 7-10 medium sized ornaments for a $1 and sleeves of 15 glass-like small sized ornaments for $1.

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I bought two boxes of medium sized ornaments and three sleeves of small ornaments. I also wanted to only decorate in green, red, gold and silver ornaments to give it a simple and classic look. I already had a few boxes of glass ornaments at home in these complimenting colors to fill in where I needed to.


Here is what I did:

1. I emptied out my plastic fruit and stored them away in a bag for safe keeping. Afterwards, I washed and cleaned my Apothecary jars. Even though they are covered, dust from the fruit tends to settle on the bottom and fog up the glass. I was then ready to work with a clean slate.

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2. I filled the bottom of each Apothecary jar with the medium sized ornaments to create a base.

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3. I then alternated layers of small and medium sized ornaments, filling in gaps as I went along. I filled each Apothecary jar the top.

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4. I put the lids back on and repositioned them back on the island. So easy!

What this project cost:

1. Three Apothecary jars - Purchased at TJMaxx Homegoods for $6-$8 a piece.

2. Glass Ornaments Size Medium - Two boxes of Glass Ornaments - $2.

3. Glass Ornaments Size Small - Three sleeves of Glass Style Ornaments - $3.

4. Also filled in with a few Glass Ornaments I already had.




Merry Christmas!!!!

16 comments:

  1. Hmmm. Good Idea. I think I need some of those!

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  2. I've always wanted some of those jars, but I have no idea where I would put them in my house! Looks very cute though :)

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  3. Love how the ornaments look! Good tip on the dollar store!

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  4. Looks great! We have a vase filled with ornaments as a centerpiece on the kitchen table but I think I like the way you did yours better!

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  5. Honey!!! I was at a friends a few weeks ago. She had some of these filled with ornaments...I fell in LOVE. So, I set out to find some. Saw them at TJMaxx, super cheap BUT I thought I'll find them cheaper.....uh, no I woulnd't!! I go back & they are GONE!! Someone knew what a deal they were!! grrrrrr

    I love the way yours turned out.....looks great!!

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  6. What a festive idea. These are great since you can really change up the look and feel of your kitchen pretty inexpensively. Great job :)

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  7. I've been looking for apothecary jars for months & can't find any that are't $20-30 each! They look so good!

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  8. Looks great, and that's super easy! Thanks for the idea

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  9. Just saw the $1 ornaments today at Target, so surprise! Who would've thought you could get them so cheap?!

    Looks great, K! Another great idea!

    Btw, Kiss Katelyn Jean is presh! What a great addition to your family!

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  10. What a great look you have going there...I love those jars!!

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  11. Those turned out beautiful! I love them!

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  12. That is such a cool idea! Do you happen to have directions on how to make an ornament wreath? Random, I know. :) Great "how to" post. And your girl is adorable. New follower!

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  13. I love how the jars look another idea is before you place the ornaments into the jars is to put the fake snow at the bottom. it looks great!

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  14. So, so pretty! There are just so many options for those jars. I've gotta get some!

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