Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s time to think of ways to make Mom feel special. Flowers and a card are always welcome, but nothing’s better than a heartfelt personalized gift made by you. west elm’s Stacked Apothecary Jars make a practical and beautiful gift, but why not add something extra special before presenting it to her?

These Stacked Apothecary Jars are not just for bathroom storage! Some basic computer skills will transform these versatile vessels into memory jars — one that allows her to remember the best times from her years as a mom. Here’s the easy step-by-step on how to turn these glass apothecary jars into unique keepsakes. It should only take about 30 minutes to print and assemble once the images are edited.

Stacked Apothecary jars
• Computer and Laser printer
• Clear full sheet labels
• Scissors


How to Make Memory Jars

Any precious photographs will do, especially ones that are a walk down memory lane. Import your image into a photo editing program and convert it to black and white for timeless appeal. Measure the size of the jar you are using and scale the photos to fit.


You’ll be using clear full sheet labels to print out your images so that they adhere directly to the glass. If you want your images to appear as the originals, be sure to rotate/flip them (seen below) since the images will print on the non-adhesive side.


Print your images on the clear full sheet labels and trim them with scissors.

Carefully peel and stick your images to the inside of the apothecary jars. I recommend these Avery full sheet clear labels since they make printing easy and are very forgiving. They’re available at most office supply stores. The great thing about these labels is If you “mess up” the first attempt to stick your image to the glass, you can carefully peel it back and the ink will stay put for a second or third attempt. As the adhesive side attaches to the glass, you’ll notice that your image will appear as the original. Use your fingers to remove any bubbles and to keep the image smooth against the glass.


Mom can fill her memory jars with her jewelry or use them as storage for her mementos. It will be one Mother’s Day gift she’s sure to treasure for years to come.


Happy Mother’s Day!
All the best,
– Kate

For more projects and inspiration from Kate, visit Centsational Girl.


Kate Riley is the author of the DIY and design blog Centsational Girl where she writes daily about her adventures in interior design and also shares her creative DIY projects. You can find and follow Kate on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter, too.

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April 20, 2012

looove it!!!


April 20, 2012

i wouldn’t never think of that 🙂
great 🙂

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April 20, 2012

[…] Hello hello all and happy weekend!  I have a fun project to share with you that’s perfect for Mother’s Day, one that I created for my own Mom with some old time black and white photos.  Today over at West Elm’s blog Front + Main you can find my how to on transforming bathroom stacked apothecary containers into personalized memory jars.   […]


April 20, 2012

Love them…I really need some for myself.


April 20, 2012

Love this Kate! I think you could really branch out with this…maybe put some ribbon or paper into the jar….just thinking!
Great idea!

Jackie B

April 20, 2012

OMG!!!! You look so much like your father and your mother too! I see them in your kids too! And hey, I wore my hair EXACTLY like that in the mid-seventies when I was a teenager! Cute project idea.


April 20, 2012

Wow! love the new “this”. super cute idea

Carol L.

April 21, 2012

What a wonderful Mother’s Day gift. Thanks for sharing.Kate, you are so incredibly talented. 🙂
Carol L
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April 21, 2012

Beautiful! Do you have to use a laser printer or can you use an ink jet?


April 21, 2012

Sweet! I love this idea!


February 9, 2013

You are soooo creative! Thanks for the idea.

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