Old candle jars and thrifted jars

Remember this post from a while back, about sprucing up old candle jars and making them into canisters?

And this was as far as I’d gone at that point:

The big jar in the middle was a thrifted one, and already had the handle on the lid, so I just painted it.    Just about ANY kind of jar will do though.  Just glue on a knob with e6000; and spray paint.  You could ‘call it good’ at this point; but you know me!  I can never leave well enough alone, and I had to embellish them!

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These were a couple of old Miracle Whip jars that I had bought filled with rusty hinges; so it was kind of a two-fer!~   Just cleaned them up, took the labels.   glued a knob  to the lid.  (let your e6000 cure at LEAST overnight before you spray paint!)

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I added a strip of scrapbook paper, topped with some vintage dictionary pages, topped with some vintage pharmacy labels I bought on etsy.  You CAN also print up your own labels.  All kinds of free graphics sites out there to snag images from.  My printer is just on the fritz, so I had to improvise!

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Nice and neutral.

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And fairly quick, easy and inexpensive labels to add.  Who knows!?!   Someone may LOVE the jar, but hate the label and want to remove it!  ( I use tacky glue for the labels.  A soak in warm water will loosen them up for easy removal)

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I’ve taken them to Stars, and displayed these with my shelf full of crocks and brown ware.

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You COULD paint the lids brown, or ANY other color you want really.  I just went with basic black because it’s the least expensive spray paint!

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Even though the lids are black, the neutral tones of the label ‘works’ just fine with the brown.

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Two of the bigger half gallon jars that already had a handle on the lid.  Just added some thin burlap ribbon and a BIG vintage repro skeleton key.

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Candle jars with repro keys and muslin ties.

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More candle jars with repro keys tied with tea stained muslin.

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They mix together quite nicely.

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A couple of still smaller thrifted jars that already had knobs, so I just had to paint the lids.  Tied on some vintage keys with muslin.

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Itty bitty one (sorry about the blur!) with the key GLUED on, and a strip of muslin tied around.

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THERE’S a better picture of the itty bitty one!    All of these jars are for sale in my booth at Stars.

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And now I can’t find those kinds of candle jars anymore!!!

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Displayed one of the jars under a cloche, just because I could!

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I took in a LOT of cloches last trip too!  Those coming up next!

Apothecary jars and eggs

I forgot to remind you that if you are looking for eggs to decorate with (not specifically Easter) that Easter time is THE time to look.  You might still find some on clearance at this point.  I ALWAYS stock up on faux eggs while they are in stock before Easter.  Found these pretty combo packs of eggs at 40% off a few weeks ago at JoAnn’s.   They also had these same eggs with clear strings attached to use as ornaments.

Rummaged through my stash of glass jars and found these three matching apothecary jars; all bought at different places/times. If the price is right, I’ll always grab up and buy glass jars.  Pretty ones like this, and grubby glass bottles.  Even if I don’t have an immediate use for them.  Because when inspiration DOES strike, I want to have them on hand and ready to use!

What can you DO with all those eggs???  Fill jars with them, like I already showed you.  Put them under a glass cloche, like this.

Fill MORE glass apothecary jars with them!

And if they don’t happen to sell as quickly as you’d hoped; you can always EMPTY the jars and sell them empty; OR fill them with other things!  Like spools of thread, moss rocks, shells, glass vase fillers . . . just about ANYTHING!

I used this tall skinny cloche, the lid from a used jar candle and a little glass taper candle holder (instead of the wood base shown that I originally was going to use) to make this:

I spent a GOOD amount of time figuring out exactly which eggs to use to best fill the cloche.  And since it was such an ‘exact’ fit, I decided NOT to chance someone taking it apart; and GLUED (using e6000) the cloche to the base.

This was my other option for a base.  And NOW that I look at it again; I like this one BETTER!  Go figure?!?

Used up some of the smaller eggs in these bell jars, with moss nests.  The two jars in the back  are actually the SAME size.  I just added a small glass candle holder as a pedestal on one of them to make it a tad taller.

On display at Stars with some vintage ceramic bunnies.

And the bell jars at Stars.