Make your own apothecary (type) bottles

In this post I showed you how I took an empty sauce bottle and used Mod Podge to affix a label
from Graphics Fairy to make it look like an old apothecary jar.
Well the label became a little damaged from water and in a fit of cleaning I threw it in the recylcing bin.
I regretted it right away. So what's a girl to do?
Make some more!

I started with this old bottle of boysenberry syrup.
Rinsed it out, filled it with very hot water.
Then let it soak in a sink full of hot water.

Here's how it looks with it's new label.

Not actually an apothecary label.
Instead a vintage French chocolate label.

Another syrup bottle.
What can I say, we eat a lot of pancakes in our house!

With a vintage perfume label.

The purple heliotrope on the label are so pretty.

Once you've soaked the label they usually come right off.
Sometimes I use a sponge with an abrasive side for stubborn labels.

The vinegar bottle now sports a tooth wash label.

The great thing with the glass bottles is when you are changing the size of the graphic on the computer you can hold the bottle right up to the screen and see if the label is the right size.

One final tip for removing labels.
If soaking in hot water and scrubbing don't work....
You can use Googone and the label will slip right off.

After cutting your label out brush some Mod Podge on the back.
Place your new label on the bottle and brush more Mod Podge on the top. It drys clear.

I'm amazed at how lovely some of these food bottles are.
Many of them have beautiful ridges on them. 
Do you see the pretty scalloped edge around the neck of this bottle?

My four new bottles!

My hubby gave me a beautiful rose bouquet for Valentine's day.
When the roses died I was left with lots of pretty filler flowers.
Please indulge me, I decided to attempt some "artsy" flower photos with my click and shoot camera.

I've always loved daisy's.
Remember "he love's me" "he love's me not"?

I also adore ferns!
You may have guessed from the name of my blog!
Hmmm, someday I'll have to share why I chose that name.

Spanish lavender was not in the bouquet.
I bought a gallon pot at the nursery and am hoping it lives until I can get it potted up outside.

I don't know the name of this flower.
It started in the bouquet as purpley pink buds and then opened into these sweet delicate white flowers.



  1. Absolutely love this idea! I must start hunting through the fridge. Daisies have been my favorite since I was a child.

  2. All four are just stunning. What a fabulous idea. I love them. Hugs, Marty

  3. I'm loving that heliotrope bottle! Another tip for removing 'goo'. Olive oil, veg. oil or baby oil all do the trick of you don't have 'goo gone'.

  4. I am so happy you showed the bottles before..they are just so cute!!! Dianntha

  5. Love your bottles! I did some spice bottles too. Addicting isn't it?! =)


  6. Your bottles are beautiful and simple! I love them! The flowers are so pretty too. This is a great idea!


  7. This is such a great idea. It's amazing what a pretty label and a few flowers can do! I just love it.

    Man I need to head to the grocery store for some great looking bottles - I so have to try this.

  8. Great bottles and photos. I've been saving some bottles & you just gave me a push to get busy! Thanks. I have happily become your latest follower!

  9. Your bottles are absolutely amazing! What a clever idea! I am going to have to try this! ~Susie

  10. These look great and I love the flowers. I don't know what the name of those little flowers are either but what a great surprise you got. Thanks for this post I really liked the bottles.


  11. That is so clever. They are very pretty.

  12. I love these! Might just be my new b-day present for everyone!

    Creatively Living Outside the Box

  13. This gets a big WOW from me! I have printed off images from Graphics fairy and know how much fun that can be! But you've done something I would really like to do! The perfume bottle is my favorite! And less recycles! YAY! How great! ♥

  14. What a cute idea for recycling. Thanks for joining, Lisa.

  15. Ohhh, I'm loving just how adorable these turned out. I picked up some old bottles at Goodwill that I afixed labels to and use them to hold all my makeup brushes : ) I like these together with the flowers. I may have to make a few for a center piece : ) Thanks for the inspiration ~
    ~ Deanna

  16. Cute Cute Cute and you saved them from ending in up a landfill.

  17. This is GREAT!! I will start saving my used bottles. Thanks for the ideas.

  18. I love this project--so pretty and economical too!

  19. Love them!
    I did a post on DIY apoth bottles.. but I think yours are far more beautiful!

  20. Lisa, This is such an easy project with a whole bunch of style. I think a little collection on a window ledge would look sweet. Thanks for the inspiration.

  21. I'm a new follower. Love the glass bottles. I started saving fun bottles for some Halloween 2011 projects... but now I can make some fun ones now. laura

  22. Another fabulous idea ~ love it ~ you are always so clever

  23. Wow! Your bottles are so lovely and I can see some in those metal bottle carriers that I really like. I am a new follower and this is my first time to visit your blog. I will be back because I can tell that you have such great ideas.

  24. this is such a clever and lovely idea! We eat a lot of pancakes too so I'll be sure to keep the syrup bottle next time around! :)

  25. Lisa! Those are so stinkin cute!!! Gotta try the pronto!
    Thanks for the fabulous inspiration!


  26. Lisa those are so beautiful! You are so creative my friend and what fabulous way to recycle! I see many of those little bottles in my future!! :)

  27. Amazing blog! Love the tutorials. The bottles are awesome. I just did a post on a laundry room bottle. Nuts about old bottles. Sneak a peek at my blog Be kind and follow and leave a comment if you like. Tiff

  28. you reallly made those bottles look fabulous! ..I also love your photography;0)

  29. What a lovely idea ~ thank you so much for the inspiration! ;-)

  30. Hi... Okay, this just makes me want to go in and empty bottles so I can do this too. I LOVE your's splendid! They look wonderful...can you tell I want some? And you camera work aint bad either. I'd say there is some talent here. I found you somewhere...I get so caught up jumping from site to site I forget where I've been. I am going to be a new follower and visit you often. Hope you will come over for a visit with me and jump on my follow list. Thanks for the idea.
    xoso Sandy O

  31. Thank you for sharing another beautiful "repurposing" idea with us.
    I really love all of your posts & pics!
    It's hard to tell that you live in the desert. That's quite an accomplishment.
    Thanks again, Lynda from AZ.

  32. Love these jars Lisa,
    I think I might make myself some too.
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    Donna xx

  33. Your bottles look fabulous! I absolutely adore them!
    Visiting from the Graphics Fairy. TFS!

  34. Thank you. You gave me a bunch of idea of how to use bottles we already have to put the labels on. I have wanted to try this project fora while, but didn't know how to do it or where to get bottles. Now I know!

  35. What pretty vignettes you created. I love them. What a pretty set of bottles. I see some similar to these at Michaels from time to time. Have to pick up a few for the spring blooms.

  36. Thanks for this wonderful tutorial. I must get some of these labels.

  37. Just wanted to give all of you "label" ladies a little tip for removeing the original labels easily. Get a product called Goo Gone. It works great for removing label and gooey residue from them. Your bottles turned out beatifully by the way. There were very inspiring for me!!

  38. I discover your blog tonight and i find it very nice . The flower in the green taco sauce's bottle is a WAX
    ( or Chamelaucium uncinatum ).
    A new french reader ......

  39. Delightful! GF has such pretty labels, and you've made wonderful use of them. I always love projects that re-use everyday objects.

  40. Girl . . . you are making me look at bottles in a whole new way!