I bought the pieces at a local craft store and painted all the raw wood with black craft acrylic paint.
Acrylic paint is perfect for painting wood. It covers nicely and dries fairly fast. I did not spray with protective covering. I figure if it gets bumped, scratched, or nicked it would add character.
I attached the ball knobs and wood bases to the glass with a glue called E6000. Great stuff!
Use in a ventilated area. It does have strong fumes for a glue.
I bought some cheap rubber spiders that already were painted green on their bodies. I just added some fine green glitter to add some dazzle.
I attached these spooky spiders to the base of the stand. They look perfect! I tied black lace, black ribbon, and some multi color (fall colored) fibers to the bottom of the glass and at the base. I am pleased with how the apothecary jars turned out.I made 3 tall (featured here) and I made 3 shorter. I have given one to a good friend (filled with chocolates) and I have plans to give a couple more away.
Here are some links to some more cute apothecary jar ideas: