Creative FUN with Old Fashioned Apothecary Jars

I was inspired to add this post to my blog by one of the wonderful participants on my Facebook Community Page (THE SEASONAL HOME).  Like me, she is finding ways to create seasonal magic with the help of some old fashioned Apothecary Jars.

It used to be true that the only place you could find these vintage jars was in an antique shop, left over from a time when 5 & 10 cent store owners and compounding pharmacists utilized these versatile gems.  Later, homemakers put them to good use in the pantry for staples like flour, sugar, etc.   However, with their recent increase in popularity, home decor manufacturers have jumped on board and created replicas (of all types), which are showing up in stores, making them very easy to find.

What’s so great about these nostalgic jars is that they come in all sizes, colors, heights & widths and are typically, very reasonable (around $10+/-).  So basically, whatever your space and decor needs are, there’s a jar out there to match it!  I have about 7 or 8 different sizes and shapes and I use them to help me decorate for the seasons and for utilitarian purposes too.  Below are a few photos of my jars in use.  I hope they inspire you to try them out!


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Fall Gourds

Display in Multiples!

Christmas Houses

Display a holiday ornament


Candy Container (creating an old-fashioned store-type of display)

Display a holiday house

Use your jar as part of a seasonal arrangement, on a shelf or table. This arrangement really brightens the bottom shelf of this foyer table.


Contain bath samples in your guest bath

Theme your jar contents to highlight a memorable photo

And for even more creative ideas, check out the ABOUT THE AUTHOR page!

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Debra
    Aug 31, 2010 @ 02:21:17

    Hi Eileen, I just had to tell you how excited I was when I came across your web site. I have been on here for two hours looking at your wonderful ideas. I emailed all my friends and gave them your web site. I can’t believe how talented you are! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas with us. I’m really looking forward to to seeing what you come up with next!


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