It goes without saying that I spend a lot of time in craft stores. And when holidays roll around, I want to buy everything in sight. Then, my more rational side kicks in (or maybe it's my Mother's voice) and says, I could make that! I have admittedly snapped a few pictures of cute things I see, and used them as references to create inexpensive versions of my own.
While on my weekly shopping trip yesterday, I came to the Halloween aisle, and almost stroked out. I LOVE Halloween, and it takes everything in me to not totally geek and throw every skull, crow, pumpkin, spiderweb, witch hat, rat, and bat into my cart. Seriously. It's kind of a problem. The oh-so-cute apothecary jars really got me today! I die over them, but the price tag that comes with them kills me. So, I cruised around the store and ended up finding these cute little bud vases for $1! That's a steal! I was halfway there. All that was need to complete this project was a cool apothecary label, which I found on the Graphics Fairy site. I can always find great clip art for every occasion on her site.
This is such a cool and simple idea, and can be done on just about anything. Save a couple of wine bottles and soak of the labels. Mason jars are always great and easy to find. You could even save any food jars you use up. My favorite places to find inexpensive jars and bottles are thrift stores, and you just never know what you'll find. And then there's always the Dollar Tree for cheap finds. I already had the Mod Podge, so this only cost me $2! If you reuse a jar or bottle you already have, it's an even bigger win!
What you need:
Bottles or jars
Sponge brush or paintbrush
How to make it:
You'll need to go here, and save the image that you like to your computer. Paste the image a new page in Paint or Word, and print it out. I printed mine on card stock, because it tends to hold up a little better than printer paper. Cut out your image, then apply a thick coat of Mod Podge to the back with your sponge brush or paint brush. Make sure to cover all the way to the edges. Lay your bottle on its side and carefully apply your label Mod Podge side down, and gently smooth it with your fingers. If you get adhesive on your fingers, wipe them before rubbing the print or it may smear. Now, use a paper towel to carefully clean up any Mod Podge that may have spread around the label onto the glass. The adhesive needs to dry for two hours. To prevent the label from peeling up, use rubberbands to hold it in place while drying.
After two hours, you'll want to apply another coat of Mod Podge to the top of the image to seal it. Make sure to cover the edges. You may apply more than one top coat if you like, just wait twenty minutes between applications. Once it is dry, you have your very own apothecary jar!
***Make sure to stop by the Gypsies Crafts & Treats shop to grab some great goodies for your Halloween party and use the coupon code FALLFLING to receive 20% off of your order through the end of September!***