Thursday, August 16, 2012

Aesthetics for the Snake Oil.....Vitamin Bottles

I entered the 50's club earlier this year, and one of the things that changed was the addition of supplements to my daily regimen. There are worse things........

I've never been a big fan of pill-popping, so I thought I'd turn it into an elegant ritual, rather than just an ugly necessity. I like to keep them in my bedroom, since I take them morning and bedtime. And since it is my policy to beautify anything in my view, the manufacturer's packaging had to go.

So I set out to change that. Here's what items I used for the project.........

Really old and yellowed dictionary pages, spice jars, waxed cording, rub-on letters, and Diamond Glaze.

I've had these interesting spice jars for quite a while. I sold most of them, but still had a few imperfect ones left, and have been wanting to play with them for a long time. Finally figured out what to use them for........

If memory serves, I was under the weather the day I made these,
so I believe I had a lot of time on my hands,
since I didn't feel like moving from the couch. Not only did I create a jar for my 
Vitamin B Complex, complete with a rub-on B, 
but I also only used "B" words from the dictionary, 
and "D" words fro the Vitamin D jar.
I just figured as long as I was going to the trouble of ripping pages, 
I might as well be picky about the words...:)


I wanted the paper strips to look worn, so I chose to tear them, rather than cut them with scissors. The pages were old enough that, with a metal ruler, they tore perfectly, leaving a subtle, soft edge. I then clipped some small vintage catalog pictures of clock faces, numbers, birdcage, and dial. I used the Diamond Glaze under everything as an adhesive and over as a sealant. It works just beautifully on glass.


I even added clock faces to the stopper tops.
Can you tell I like clocks?


I preferred to not look at the plastic stoppers lining the lids, so I tightly wrapped the waxed cording around the neck of the jar, which accentuated the vintage feel, and gave it a nice finished look.


The great thing is that I was rewarded, not just with a finished product, but also with a fun project. I love it when that happens.

P.S. I use the adorable antique rosary box to put my daily RX dosages in.

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6 comments:

  1. This is such a good idea. I especially like the idea of the cording to cover up the plastic stoppers. Good to see age hasn't diminished your creative powers!

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  2. Very creative!! And very pretty!!

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  3. Maria, these are beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

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  4. these are so cute i would love it if you could come and link them up at http://www.twiggstudios.com/2012/08/sunday-show-off-linky-party_18.html

    thanks aimee xxxxx

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  5. How did I miss this post?! Luckily I came across one of your photos on pinterest which snapped me back to reality. You are brilliant in your crafty ways. These definitely will help the medicine go down.

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