DIY Apothecary Jars - Engineer Mommy
May 162017
 

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When it comes to making a great first impression, nothing is as important as fabulous skin. Unfortunately, I deal with acne on a regular basis. The good news is that I’m starting a new skincare routine today and I’m really optimistic about the results. During a recent trip to Walmart, I picked up new Differin® Gel 45g tube. It’s actually the first and only prescription-strength retinoid that’s available over the counter for clearing and preventing acne. In fact, this product represents the newest innovation and ingredient in the OTC acne category over the past 30 years!

To organize my everyday bathroom essentials, including my Differin® Gel, I decided to make a set of DIY Apothecary Jars. This quick, easy project is a great way to repurpose old glass jars that might have otherwise ended up in the trash. By cleaning out the jars, painting the lids, and attaching some crystal knobs, you can create an elegant set of bathroom organizers that are both practical and attractive. Ready to see a sneak peek of my jars?

DIY Apothecary Jars

DIY Apothecary Jars

DIY Apothecary Jars

 

Let’s get right to the tutorial now, shall we? Here’s what you’ll need for this project:

  • old glass jars
  • coconut oil (to remove stubborn adhesive)
  • gold spray paint
  • crystal knobs
  • hot glue or high-strength adhesive
  • labels (optional)

I found this jar of tomato sauce that had expired in the fridge. Rather than throw it out, I decided to up-cycle it for this project.

DIY Apothecary Jars

DIY Apothecary Jars


To completely clean the jar, I soaked it for a few hours in some hot, soapy water. This made it fairly easy to remove the majority of the label. For any stubborn, leftover adhesive, simply rub some coconut oil directly onto the jar – it will help break down the remaining glue.

DIY Apothecary Jars

DIY Apothecary Jars

 

I actually repeated this procedure for two more glass jars: an old jar of artichokes and an old jar of olives. I like the look of different-sized jars, but if you prefer, you can create a set of three identical jars for this project.

DIY Apothecary Jars

DIY Apothecary Jars



Now, it’s time to turn our attention to the lids. To make them look uniform, I simply spray-painted them all gold.

DIY Apothecary Jars

DIY Apothecary Jars


*Tip: When spray painting, always use multiple thinner coats (rather than one thicker coat) to ensure even coverage and minimal drips.

DIY Apothecary Jars

DIY Apothecary Jars

 

Now, it’s time to add the crystal knobs to the lids. I used hot glue to attach one knob to the center of each lid. Alternatively, you can also use high-strength adhesive for this step.

DIY Apothecary Jars

DIY Apothecary Jars



Labels always make my heart sing, so I decided to whip up some simple labels for these jars. I used my handy dandy label maker to create the following labels: Cotton Balls, Cotton Swabs and Differin® Gel. I like to keep my bathroom counter top mostly clutter-free, but these jars are so attractive, and I know I will be using their contents every day.

*Tip: If you don’t have a label maker, you can simply write the contents of each jar on a strip of washi tape.

DIY Apothecary Jars

DIY Apothecary Jars

 

I’m so excited about how these jars turned out, and I’m so excited to try Differin® Gel. Designed to reduce & prevent acne, this gel used to be available only with a doctor’s prescription. Now it’s available over the counter. In fact, Differin® Gel contains Adapalene, which is recommended by dermatologists across the country to battle acne-prone skin. To complement Differin® Gel, I also picked up Differin® Balancing Moisturizer from Walmart.

DIY Apothecary Jars

DIY Apothecary Jars

 

What I love most about Differin® Gel is that it actually clears breakouts right where they start: deep within the pores. It also prevents breakouts before they can even start. As a result, skin’s texture & tone are improved.

*Note: Please use caution when using Differin® Gel with more than one acne treatment or glycolic acid product because this could lead to irritation. Even after your skin appears clear, you should continue using Differin® Gel as part of your skincare routine.

DIY Apothecary Jars

DIY Apothecary Jars

 

Unlike spot treatments that are only applied directly to breakouts, a thin layer of Differin® Gel should be applied all over the face once every day. The tube conveniently dispenses a clear-white gel that is easy to spread onto the skin.

DIY Apothecary Jars

DIY Apothecary Jars

 

I have never had perfectly clear skin. Even now as an adult, I deal with hormonal acne that seems to come in cycles. I find that the skin on my cheeks tends to break out. Not having clear skin can be so frustrating, and even with some makeup, the acne & poor skin texture shows through! I will be starting Differin® Gel today and then sharing my experiences in a follow-up post after about eight weeks!

DIY Apothecary Jars

DIY Apothecary Jars

 

When using Differin® Gel, it’s so important to cleanse and moisturize the face every day. That’s why I recently purchased Differin® Balancing Moisturizer from Walmart. I want to make sure my skin is well-hydrated throughout the treatment phase.

DIY Apothecary Jars

DIY Apothecary Jars

 

I absolutely love the way my DIY Apothecary Jars turned out. Don’t they look chic?

DIY Apothecary Jars

DIY Apothecary Jars


In my bathroom, I find that these jars really add a lovely, elegant touch to the space.

DIY Apothecary Jars

DIY Apothecary Jars

 

Look for Differin® Gel in the acne / skincare aisle of your local Walmart store and experience firsthand the long-standing reputation of Differin® Gel as a proven acne treatment. Any adult who is suffering from mild to moderate acne can benefit from this product.
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Find out more about how Differin® Gel can help you deal with acne-prone skin and tell me: What is your biggest skincare problem? Have you ever made your own organizing jars?

This product is dermatologist developed and tested. Please call 1-866-735-4137 for any questions you may have concerning the product. However, should you experience any problems while using the product, please discontinue use and consult your healthcare provider.







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23 Responses to “DIY Apothecary Jars”

  1. Those jars are super cute. I love the old fashioned look and think these would look super cute in my bathroom.

  2. Your apothecary jars came out great! I’ve seen them in stores from time to time and yours look just as good!

  3. Who knew how easy it would be to make my own apothecary jars? I love the look of these and they would be so pretty in my bathroom.

  4. I like the way you repurposed old jars. I did this but on a larger scale for my kitchen to hold pasta and other staples. Everyone loves the look. Easy to make.

  5. Oh my gosh that is such a good idea! We have a whole bunch of bottles and we usually keep them. I am definitely going to do this.

  6. A great way to recycle old jars and be organised at the same time.

  7. This is a really great idea! I would love to dress up my bathroom with these apothecary jars!

  8. Oh wow what an awesome idea, I have to admit l wouldn’t have thought of making anything like it yet they are so simple and cute.

  9. What a fun way to upcycle some jars that would have otherwise been thrown away! This is a cute craft.

  10. I am loving the DIY jars! They’re adorable and perfect for small supplies. It’s definitely something that I would make.

  11. These jars are great! I can’t believe I never thought of those before. It’s​ good to have a reliable acne treatment especially if you have breakouts often.

  12. I love the look of the old jars. You really knew how to give them a new life. I will try my hand with that craft too. I will look for old bottles too. Thanks for the idea.

  13. This is a great way to reuse jars. I have also bouts with acne. I sure would like to try Differin.

  14. Those jars are really cute. I wish I had enough counter space on my bathroom vanity to use something like this. I could definitely see myself making these for other people, tho!

  15. Love how you’ve repurposed these jars to create something beautiful, thanks for the DIY

  16. My biggest skin problem is wrinkles at my age. These DIY apothecary jars are an awesome idea. I would never have thought to do this with sauce jars and crystal knobs. These I will be making for sure.

  17. This is so cute!! I love the jewel detail at the top. I’m totally pinning this, because I just know I’m going to do it in the future!

  18. Those jars look great! I love how they turned out and keep you organized #client

  19. This is awesome! The jars look great and not hard to make. I know my wife will love to have a place for her things.

  20. It’s always nice to snazzy up your bathroom needs.Just gives a special lift and makes a bathroom look cared for. Great reuse of old jars and why not? Nobody will know they’re not specialty jars.The pretty crystal knobs add extra touch, can get at Hobby Lobby half off or 40% off with coupon.
    Good luck with the new product,will be watching to see how it does for you, will tell my daughter and grand daughters. Maybe they’ll make some pretty jars also.
    Have wonderful weekend

    • EngineerMommy

      Thanks, JaneEllen! Yes, those 40% off coupons are great! I always look them up on my phone.
      Have a wonderful weekend, too!

  21. Your jars are adorable!!! I am in my 60’s and STILL have breakouts, so I feel your pain. Best of luck with your new medication!

    • EngineerMommy

      Thanks for your sweet comment. Yes, unfortunately, acne does not discriminate by age. Hope you find something that works for you, Pam!

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