Make Pinwheels & Apothecary Jars


Pinwheels/Accordions (what are they even called?! lol)have to be the cutest crafts for EVERY holiday! I LOVE making them… and cannot stop! They’re so cute on banners. As a matter of fact, I’m working on a fall one right now! :) Want to make some?!


How to Make Pinwheels


(lollys… accordions…dudads… what are they called?! lol)

1. Cut (2) strips of paper 1 1/2 wide. Glue the two ends together.

2. Fold the paper 1/2 in and flip to other side. Fold in another 1/2 in and repeat to create an accordion.

3. Glue ends together and push flat to create a circle.

4. Glue one cupcake liner and a letter to the center.

5. Embellish however you’d like! Get creative!


Now stick them in the jar, or use as a banner. To make pinwheels bigger you can cut 2-3 inch strips and glue 3-4 strips together. They’re super easy and super fun to make!

Apothecary Jars are also all the rage these days, and I’ve seen so many fun and different ways to make your own apothecary jars. They can get pretty pricey, so look for jars at your local Goodwill and Dollar Store. Here is my take on them that I shared on Sanoran Living.



  • Wooden Base from Hobby Lobby
  • Candlestick from Dollar Tree
  • Jar from Michaels
  • Knob from Michaels
  • 12×12 Scrapbook Paper
  • Cupcake Liners
  • B O O letters printed
  • Small Clothespin



1. Glue Candlestick to base.

2. Spray paint base and knob black. Allow to dry.

3. Glue Jar to Candlestick and the knob to top of jar. Easy Peasy!

Here’s a few more DIY Apothecary Jars to be inspired by:


From Shanty 2 Chic , From Eighteen 25

So how many Apothecary Jars do you have?! I think I’m at 7.. yikes!

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Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. crystal posted on September 20, 2011 at 6:22 am (#

    You know, I like the fact that you can even upcycle glass jars with this project. I have so many of them. It’s 6:20 am this morning and I haven’t fully woken up, but you got my brain started now!

    • Jamielyn posted on September 20, 2011 at 9:20 am (#

      Oh ya! Spaghetti jars are perfect!!

  2. Jill posted on September 20, 2011 at 6:14 am (#

    Great tutorial! Saw your segment about these! Really cool! Congrats!

  3. Heather R. posted on September 20, 2011 at 6:24 am (#

    How cute! I am actually getting ready to make some myself this upcoming weekend…can’t wait! I like that you added the wooden base…may have to consider adding that to mine for a little extra stability.

    • Jamielyn posted on September 20, 2011 at 9:26 am (#

      Oh fun! I want to see them. You’ll have to load them to the fb page when your done!

  4. Shona posted on September 20, 2011 at 6:35 am (#

    Love them! Those tiny clothespins are the cutest too! Where do you find all those funky cupcake liners? I have never seen any that weren’t just solid colors….they are very cool. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jamielyn posted on September 20, 2011 at 9:29 am (#

      Thanks Shona! I believe i got these ones from Jo-anns. If you look on etsy though, there’s so many cute shops with them.

  5. Christi posted on September 20, 2011 at 9:50 am (#

    Super cute. These jars a great. I am always looking for ways to recycle stuff around my house that would either end up in the trash or at a 2nd hand store. I love this idea.

    • Jamielyn posted on September 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm (#

      Thank you! Me too! I love recycling! My husband thinks I’m “collecting” too much, but I always have to keep things, just in case! :)

  6. Mallory Nikolaus posted on September 20, 2011 at 8:10 am (#

    You and your cupcake liners! I LOVE IT! Where do you find all the cute cupcake liners anyway?? xoxo

    • Jamielyn posted on September 20, 2011 at 9:30 am (#

      Thanks girl! Pretty sure these were from Jo-anns. There’s tons of sweet shops online that sale them though. Hugs!

  7. Kara posted on September 20, 2011 at 9:01 am (#

    LOVE :)

    • Jamielyn posted on September 20, 2011 at 9:30 am (#

      Thanks kara! :)

  8. mom taxi julie posted on September 20, 2011 at 11:18 am (#

    What kind of glue do you use on the jar/candlesticks? Also do you use a sealer on the painted parts?

    • Jamielyn posted on September 20, 2011 at 1:55 pm (#

      Hey Julie! I use E-6000 or super glue. And I did not use a sealer on these, but if little hands will be touching opening it (winks) you may want to spray with a polycrylic sealer.

  9. Jayna Rae posted on September 20, 2011 at 11:46 am (#

    Very cute! I am especially enamoured with the jars.

    • Jamielyn posted on September 20, 2011 at 1:56 pm (#

      Thanks Jayna! Me too, I have way too many! I have a whole box just of baby jars! I still need to find a fun project for those. :)

  10. Jaimie posted on September 20, 2011 at 4:43 pm (#

    Holey moley! I was just wondering how to make an Apothecary Jar!! Thanx!! :D

    • Jamielyn posted on September 21, 2011 at 8:25 pm (#

      Lol! Glad I could help! :) you’ll have to let me know if you try them.

  11. Michelle @ {Loving Every Second} posted on September 20, 2011 at 7:51 pm (#

    I’ve GOT to make some of those pinwheels! AND Apothecary Jars!!! Thanks for sharing how :)

  12. Jenni posted on September 21, 2011 at 7:31 am (#

    love these—i think the current name for them is “rosettes”–you know, kinda like the old ribbon awards they used to give out for horse prizes or whatever at county fairs? i was wondering….you didn’t specify paper size….did you use 8.5 x 11″ or 12 x 12″? Just curious. You can also use a scoring pad to mark off your 1/2″ increments. martha stewart has a great one at michaels that is a steal if you have a coupon. score-it and score-pal are two others and it makes keeping straight lines so easy. just a thought. thanks for the continued lovelies and inspiration i get from your sight. and thanks for your generous sharing…it makes all of us lurkers information rich!

  13. Elena @ La Petite Vie posted on September 21, 2011 at 8:50 am (#

    These are so chic! Thanks for the great idea and tutorial. And the pinwheels are too cute!

  14. mum of all trades posted on September 23, 2011 at 8:58 am (#

    What a great project. I’d love if you would share this at my weekend Wonders bloghop. I think my UK readers really enjoy seeing the fantastic craft ideas from the USA!

  15. Shannah @ Just Us Four posted on September 26, 2011 at 4:41 pm (#

    Those looks great! I don’t know why I never thought to put them together that way. definitely pinning this to my board!

  16. marsha posted on October 3, 2011 at 8:38 pm (#

    Wow! I love the jars…hummm, I know I’ll be going to Michael’s and Hobby Lobby tomorrow! Thanks for the great tutorial. Love the pinwheels, too!

  17. Michelle posted on November 10, 2016 at 8:23 am (#

    I really like this idea! I’ve tried projects similar to this before, without success. My concern is attaching the glass candlestick to the glass jar. What type of glue are you using? Thanks in advance ❣

    • I Heart Naptime posted on November 10, 2016 at 1:54 pm (#

      I use a glue that is safe for glass and wood, that has a very strong bond. (And I wear gloves when using the glue, too!)