Jars, jars and more jars! Got a growing collection of clean, empty baby food jars that you don’t know what to do with? Great new! I have over 50 ways to re-use baby food jars, and you’re going to love ’em!
Join the club! I am right there with you!
What is it about small glass jars, bottles and containers? I’ve always had an affinity for jars. I think it has something to do with a collection of teeny-tiny jam jars my Nana had when I was a kid. We always played with them when we went to her house. I don’t remember exactly what we played, but we LOVED those jars. Even now, some 40 years later, if you ask my cousins, they too say that playing with those little jars is one of their best childhood memories.
Baby food jars are just so chubby and cute…
… and because they come in handy for so many different things, I can’t bear to part with them. We use our baby food jars in so many ways!
One of my facebook followers recently asked for ways to re-use baby food jars, and I asked the rest of my followers to share their favourite uses for them. I’ve added a bunch of my own favourites to the list too.
From baby food jar crafts and organization systems to gifts, and party favours… we have more than 50 ways for you to put those little jars to good use!
50+ Fantastic Ways to Re-Use Baby Food Jars
*Click on coloured, underlined links to see the details of the projects.
- Crayon Caddy: Paint a bunch of jars and store co-ordinating, coloured crayons in them.
- Fill jars with water, and set on the art table to rinse paint brushes in.
- Play dough jars: fill jars with different colours of homemade playdough for a kids’ gift basket.
- Set the jars in the yard during a rain-fall, and make scented rain paint.
- Hand out jars of cream to each student in the classroom, and make homemade butter.
- Glue painted toy animals on the lids and use as party favours.
- In the play kitchen: fill with flour, noodles etc. Glue lids on and kids can pretend to use them when they’re “cooking”. (LOVE this one!)
- Bug Jars – wrap a pipe cleaner handle around the top, and go exploring in the yard.
- Nail the lids to the underside of a shelf in the workshop, fill jars with nails, screws, washers etc. Jars are now suspended from the shelf and contents are easy to see.
- Fill with homemade slime or silly putty to put in loot bags.
- Paint jars with glass-paint, wrap garden wire around, and hang them around the yard.
- Nail lids to underside of shelf in craft room to store googly eyes, sequins, glitter, beads etc.
- Kids can fill them with layers of “coloured sand” (ground sidewalk chalk mixed with salt).
- Make magnetic spice jars to store on the refrigerator door
- Chalk-paint and label the lids, and organize your spice drawer.
- Use jars to storing seeds and for seed germination.
- Mini “ocean in a jar“. They look beautiful on a window sill, and they’re fun to play with.
- Store scrap-booking embellishments in them: paint/label lids and decorate with washi tape.
- Wedding Favors ~ decorate with muslin and ribbons in the wedding colours. Make a personalized label and filled with treats (M&M’s or other snacks)..
- Make mini calming jars for kids or co-workers
- Paint/decorate the lids and fill jars with homemade bath salts or sugar scrub.
- Make these awesome cupcakes in a jar to give to teachers, neighbours and friends.
- Soak dried out markers in the jars to make liquid watercolour paint.
- Make and store homemade finger paint.
- Make Lego Head Jars as party favours for a Lego party.
- Use as paint and glue pots at the easel. Lids keep them from drying when not in use.
- Make a tooth fairy capsule.
- Tame hair supplies: Slip ponytail holders over/around the jar, and store hair clips inside.
- Drop tea lights in, and scatter around the deck or patio for a night-time party
- Make a wish jars or dream jars for your family and friends.
- Make tiny snow globes.
- Make Photo Globes – a snow globe with your child’s photo inside.
- Organize your spare change: each jar holds a different type of coin.
- Piggy Banks: label 3 jars: “To Spend”, “To Save”, and “To Bank” and teach kids how to manage their allowance.
- Line them up on a window-sill and plant herbs in them.
- Make an advent or countdown calendar.
- Organize paper clips, thumb tacks etc on a desk/in desk drawer.
- Travel jewelry keeper for earrings and rings
- Mini sewing kit to keep at work, or in your suitcase or car.
- Candy jar for the car or your purse.
- Fill with salad dressing, syrup, mayo, ketchup etc. for camping or work.
- Fill with puffs, Cheerios, berries, nuts, or any small snack foods, and keep in the diaper bag.
- Punch holes in the lids (with a nail) and use jars to store and dispense glitter.
- Store homemade spice rubs, taco mix, cinnamon-sugar etc.
- Fill with pom poms, sequins, foam stickers, beads etc, and give a “craft kit” as a child’s gift.
- Make I-Spy jars.
- Mini lava-lamps.
- Hot Cocoa in a Jar: put in a flake chocolate stick, fill it 3/4 full of instant hot chocolate then add mini marshmallows before putting the top on. Cover lid with a swatch of fabric tied with a ribbon.
- Make festive holiday votive candle holders.
- Sort junk drawer items ( nails, screws, push pins, safety pins, paper clips, etc)
- Fill with small amounts of water for syringe transfer work trays.
- Make sparkly votive candle holders. Coat the outside with white Elmers glue then cover in glitter.
- Reindeer food for Christmas Eve.
- Paint lids blue or pink and put matching candy in for baby shower favours.
- Sterilize jars and fill with homemade jam to give as gifts.
- Paint jars with a mixture of food coloring, water and glue. They look frosted and so pretty!
- Sterilize jars and lids, and store homemade baby food in them. It’s easy to monitor portion control when you’re feeding from a baby food jar.
And finally, if you have more baby food jars than you could possibly ever use, even after reviewing the suggestions here, please consider giving your collection to a teacher or caregiver! He or she will be happy to put it to good use!
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