How to Decorate with Glass Apothecary Jars

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You have probably heard the name before … apothecary jars. Today I am sharing how I love to decorate with glass apothecary jars.

I literally have glass apothecary jars all over my house. In the living room, they are filled with scrabble tiles or balsa wood flowers. I filled them with spools of thread, pink pom poms, or buttons in the craft room. In the bathroom, the glass apothecary jars are filled with Qtips and cotton balls and in the laundry room, they are filled with laundry pods and dryer sheets. Keep reading to learn about these gorgeous jars and how you can use them in your home.

Apothecary Glass Jars in the Butlers Pantry

What is an apothecary jar? It is a small, covered jar. Originally they were used by druggists to hold pharmaceuticals. The jars could be found at the pharmacists and often included ingredients that were then mixed together to make remedies. Don’t laugh but I currently decorate with glass apothecary jars in six rooms in our home!

How to Use Apothecary Jars

But I am not the only one. Today you will find apothecary jars in homes that are used for both decor and practical reasons. They are commonly used to hold spices, candies, cosmetics, accessories, holiday decor, and more.

As you can see, I use them a lot to display seasonal decor.

Apothecary Jars in the Laundry Room

Apothecary jars are such a pretty way to store your “stuff”. They take a completely ordinary item, such as laundry soap, and make it look elegant!

Apothecary Glass Jars in the Laundry

I love how nice my laundry soap and dryer sheets look in my laundry room! This is such an improvement over the packaging these items come in.

Apothecary Glass Jars in the Laundry Room

Apothecary Jars in the Craft Room

I must have at least one hundred items in my craft room that I could put in my apothecary jars. But I know better than that, so I have five jars in my craft room with lots of fun craft rooms.

Apothecary Glass Jars in the Craft Room

I love the sea glass and the ribbons in the apothecary jars in the window of my craft room. Don’t look too close as my windows are a bit “rain stained”. Oops. I will be cleaning them this weekend for sure.

Apothecary Glass Jars in the Craft Room

Apothecary Jars in the Bathroom

I love storing Q-Tips, cotton balls, and cotton swabs in apothecary jars in my bathroom.

Apothecary Glass Jars in the Bath Room

I put some of my bath items on the shelves of my bathroom. Don’t they look great?

Apothecary Glass Jars in the Bath Room

I also keep bath salts and Epsom salts on the tray in our bathtub. These are essentials for wonderfully relaxing baths.

Apothecary Glass Jars in the Bath Tub

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I also just put all of my coffee in Apothecary jars. They didn’t fit in the ceramic jars I was using and they look so much prettier here. The decaf coffee is on the left.

I also have my favorite “superfood healthy creamer” in a tiny apothecary jar.

Apothecary Glass Jars and Coffee

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an apothecary jar used for?

It is a small, covered jar. Originally they were used by druggists to hold pharmaceuticals. The jars could be found at the pharmacists and often included ingredients that were then mixed together to make remedies. Don’t laugh but I currently decorate with glass apothecary jars in six rooms in our home!

What do you put in apothecary jars in the kitchen?

You can put your apothecary jars on your table. But they also work really well in your kitchen. Fill them with any small accessories you use in your kitchen. Dishwashing soap, sugar packets, spices, sugars, flour, etc.

What do you put in apothecary jars in bathroom?

In the bathroom, beautiful soaps are perfect. I also love filling them with Q-tips, cotton swabs, and cotton balls. For more practical uses, fill them with bandaids, vitamins, extra toothbrushes, or more. The list is endless.

Apothecary Glass Jars in the Craft Room

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13 Comments

  1. You so right! Have used apothecary jars for decades (Even my daughters and neighbors do now, too!). (my favorite is m&m’s). From mini faux pumpkins to glass Christmas ornaments, to holding my prettiest lipsticks and glosses, they display everything beautifully.

  2. Your home is so warm and, most important, lived in. I love all these jars and how you display useful everyday items in them. Thanks for sharing your talents with us! I’m going to fill some apothecary jars too😊
    I just saw a Mother’s Day jar yesterday, which is along the same idea! I’m going to give one of these to my Mom for Mother’s Day and then she can use the jar for something in her home💗

  3. I’ve been using them for years for seashells and seaglass and seasonal candies. Here is my favorite tho…When I used to travel, I’d take the travel size shampoos and body lotions, etc or get them at the dollar store or Walmart, and I put them in a large apothecary jar in a guest bathroom. When guests stay over they can choose from various products.

  4. I have one that is filled with wine corks that I just love! I will be buying a few more after seeing all the things you display in yours. They really are beautiful to display in all rooms of the house!

  5. Great idea! They look so pretty in your home. I have to ask, is your pink sea glass collected from your usual location? I can’t remember seeing the pink ever.

    1. Thank you Dianne! Thank you for reaching out. I did not find the pink sea glass on one of my beach hunts, I found it on Amazon! Here is the link to the Amazon item if you want to check it out: https://amzn.to/2ZmZH7E. Sadly, it is out of stock right now, but keep an eye on it to order once it is back in stock!

  6. I love using these as well!! I just don’t enjoy the dust and fingerprints that collect on them. Do you have any secrets to an easy way of keeping these looking sparkly and pretty?

  7. I have them in my kitchen mostly and I love them .I use to have them in the bathroom but they needed cleaning everytime we showerd because of the mist so I removed them.But yours look lovely every where.

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