Saturday, 16 September 2017

Autumn Apothecary Jars for free

Introducing just a little autumn or fall decor into your home for free (or almost free)
Today I'm delighted to be joining a lovely group of creative bloggers to bring you the We are Pinnable Blog Hop - Celebrating Fall. More of that later.
I'm not much of a one for lots of 'changing with the seasons" decor. We have Christmas decorations that go up each year and until recent that was about it. Then I was given a glass jar from Ikea which I assume is supposed to be for spaghetti and thought it might be fun to have a little seasonally changing apothecary style arrangement for the dining table. I sourced a couple more jars very cheaply (charity shop and old sweet jar) and this summer they have looked quite pretty in a floral sort of way.
I was very inspired a couple of weeks ago by Leanne from Faeries and Fauna who had shared a whole load of Autumn/Fall ideas to fill jars like these. Check all those ideas out here.
I wanted to fill my jars for free if possible and I almost managed it!
First I went on a foraging mission. We have a small wood nearby so me and my carrier bag went for a walk. I was hoping for conkers but this wood has no horse chestnut trees apparently. Never mind, what it does has is a whole load of oak trees so there were acorns everywhere. I also found some pine cones, not quite as many as I had hoped but some at least.
Things like this can be full of bugs so I spread them all out on a foil covered baking tray and gave them 30 minutes in a hot oven (200c) 
The smell is not as pleasant as you might hope! Not awful but not delightful either. 
The green acorns went a little bit brown in the heat and all the cups fell off.
I threw away the ones that had split and, feeling a bit ridiculous (and hoping no one in the family would walk in and see what I was doing) I used my hot glue gun to stick the cups back on to the acorns.
It worked though, they look cute and very Autumnal! 
As I didn't manage to collect enough pinecones I just mixed them in with some leafy looking pot pourri I already had. I might go on another pine come quest again later. Next time we have some really windy weather I pop out and see what has fallen.
2 down, 1 to go!
My original idea had been pinecones in the tall jar, conkers in the short fat jar and acorns in the little jar. With slim picking of pinecones and a total lack of conkers it was time for a new idea.
I'd been teaching our middle son to make origami cranes the other day and on the TV show Create it Yourself they had filled a Bell jar with origami shapes, so autumnal geometric origami seemed like a plan.
I used coloured paper from old envelopes, I just trimmed them to squares of various sizes.
I used a whole load of Youtube tutorials, some were easier to make than others.
OctahedronCubePaper Diamond (this one is in French and I got in a bit of a hot mess with the glueing but I think that was more me than the tutorial!)& Pyramid.
This one is called Diamond and I found the first one was tricky to put the two colours together, but once I got the hang of it, it was super easy and one of my favourites.
My other favourite is this one, the Fox Box. It uses 3 little squares and was really easy.
Once you start looking on YouTube you can find dozens of great tutorials, these are just the few I found with a quick 'geometric origami' search.
So there it is, I managed to fill these 3 jars ALMOST for free! 
I'm on the lookout for fancier apothecary jars each time I visit a charity shop as these are pretty basic looking. But we are doing this for free/almost free, using what we have instead of always buying new so for now I'm happy!
Now it's time to see all the other 'Celebrating Fall' projects and ideas:
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Hello, I'm Julie. I love making things and this is where I share my enthusiasm.

18 comments:

  1. I love your Apothecary jars I must go for a walk in the woods and get some supplies

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    1. Always take a bag in your pocket when you go for a walk in the woods - that's practically the law! You never know what you might find :-)

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  2. The origami is such a creative solution. It would also be interesting to look at, its great idea. I laughed when I saw you glue the pods back together, long story but I can totally relate.

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    1. I did feel silly but the acorns look so much cuter with their cups attached. I only did what I had to do!!!

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  3. Oh wow, love your apothecary jars! And the paper cubes are simply adorable!

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    1. Thanks, the origami is fun and it was nice to try out a selection of different ones. Some were most definitely easier than others.

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  4. I have loads of jars like this and only put sweets or food in mine too. I really like how you have managed to make something so simple look so stylish!
    www.vanityandmestyle.com

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    1. Thanks, I have a pinterest board where I collect ideas but to manage this for almost free was satisfying.

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  5. Great idea! I love your honesty about the smell of the cooking acrorns. I chuckled at that. :-)

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    1. Yeah, it wasn't great! I'm smelt worse but it's definitely not the fresh outdoorsy 'walk in the woods' kind of smell that I was half expecting!

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  6. I love how honest you are. It is fun, relatable and super helpful to hear what worked AND what did not work.

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    1. Thanks Elise, not every wonderful idea works - sadly that's just how it is. :-)

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  7. Oh these are all lovely! I especially like the acorns.

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  8. Julie, I love the Origami! I really love the white leaves in with your pine cones! I have never seen white leaves before. They are very pretty with the pine cones! Thanks for sharing how to fill apothecary jars for free!
    Jeannee @ Centsably Creative

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  9. Love the origami, what a lovely idea for the jars.

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  10. What a lovely idea! I have a few jars in the house but I keep my props (stones and pinecones), candles and sweets in them. I think is time for a change :).

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  11. Love apothecary jars and must admit I do tend to decorate with the seasons, a big kid at heart.

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  12. Love that you glued the acorn! Lol and hurray for hunting the backyard!

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