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Craft Ideas Using Baby Food Jars

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Baby food jars, along with their larger cousins have a long history of being used in the garage to hold small parts. They can also be used in a wide variety of craft projects. This is a guide about craft ideas using baby food jars.


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November 14, 2007

Uses for glass baby food jars as suggested from the ThriftyFun community. Post your own ideas here.

Water Globes

One year for a craft bazaar idea, we made water globes from them. You just use contact cement (grown ups do this part ahead of time and let dry. You can ask each child ahead of time, the theme they want and get this part done ahead of time) and you glue tiny objects to the inside lid.

On the day of completing them, you add water with some drops of baby oil to them (the more oil you add, the slower the things fall down when shaken) then you can drop in glitter. Use contact cement around the inside lids ridge and put on the bottle, closing tight. They stay on always. When you shake the bottle then set the bottles upside down and you'll see it snow onto the objects that you had glued into the lids top on the inside.

You can also add tiny shapes from craft foam like fish stars etc punched from hole punches. Make themes like under the sea, trees for Christmas, use popsicle sticks cut for wooden people draw on them first with markers, put plastic beaded jewelry inside to move around when shook up. Or put a wooden stick in the center lid and add rings (toy kind) inside floating around to see if they can land them on the stick. They are real fun to play with. And the kids can even paint the outside with their names, etc., curled up tiny pieces of ribbon work good too for floating around inside.

By theseamstress

Little Jar Candles

Last year I worked with some little ones and we grated old candles of different colors and put this in layers in the jars and put a wick in the centre. Worked real well, glass jars only.

By Dolly

Santa Candy Holder

Decorate to look like Santa on the outside then fill with candy. Use felt, wiggle eyes and cotton for the beard.

By Ann

Snow Globe Link

I really like the water globe idea! How about a Nativity snow globe? It's nearing the season!

By melody_yesterday

Flower Arrangements

My sons' daycare made these for Mother's Day: little flower arrangements in baby jars. They attached silk flowers through the lid (I think through a hole) to the inside and then screwed the jar on the top. I actually got these two years in a row, once with the little jars and once with the bigger, taller jars. They look sort of old fashioned and very cute.

By Jess

Bible Story Jar And Other Ideas

You could put items that represent the bible story you are telling in each jar. I have seen this done during holidays, and also VBS. Another thing you could do is fill the jars with candy and put a Bible verse in representing Mother's day, Children's Day, Fathers day or any holiday you wish. The Bible verse would say something to do about Mothers, Fathers, Children or whatever event you chose. You could also use then for seed starters. Have fun.

By WRogers52

Lighted Christmas Tree

Make a Christmas tree with a string of lights. Remove lids, turn bottles on sides. Use about 10 across for the bottom with hot glue in between to hold them together. Next row is indented on each end. Keep gluing and stacking until only one left for the top.

Take a string of mini Christmas lights and stick one light into each jar and secure with glue (test it first if using a glue gun),then, stuff fire proof angel hair in around the lights to hide the wire. If you wish, glue the bottom row of the tree on a narrow piece of wood (paint stick), and then set that on top of a short narrow cap or something to be the tree holder. I saw this at work and it was just beautiful with the lights on!

By Wanda

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July 5, 20062 found this helpful

Here is a great idea I used a few weeks ago for a craft project for my kids. I take care of a baby twice a week and so I always save the cleaned out baby food jars. I also save gift bags and the tissue paper that fills them. I remembered this craft from VBS when I was a child. You dip out a little thinned glue into a container (I used the lids to the baby food jars).

Provide a cheap paint brush (I found 100 of them at a garage sale for about 25 cents). Let the kids tear up the different colors of tissue paper into 1/2 inch or so pieces. Then they will glue them onto the outside of the jars. Overlap the paper to create a "stained-glass" look. When completely dry, go over with a coat of the glue or modge podge to seal it.

Put a little tea-light candle in it. It looks great! These make great gifts for the kids to make. One note, you might want to spread out newspaper on the table to protect it from the glue. This craft is easy even for small children. Even my 3-year-old mastered and enjoyed it with only a little instruction. Have fun!



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December 10, 2005

I made this candle holder out of a baby food jar. The smallest baby food jars work the best.

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All you do is hot glue sequins around the top of the jar to cover the rings where the lid screws on, smear on some Elmer's glue and roll it in glitter. Hot glue your small votive candle in the bottom and you're done.

This craft is easy enough for a pre-schooler to do as long as an adult hot glues on the sequins first.


I made these for my Sunday School class last year and we lit the candles and sang "Happy Birthday" to Jesus.

By luv2craft from Normalville, PA

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March 4, 20091 found this helpful

I help raise four grand-daughters, all crafty. It is very expensive with art supplies for four. I asked a friend of mine who is also raising grandchildren (babies) for some of her taller baby food jars, and lids.

Right now I am experimenting making snow globes or pretty little glass decorations for adults in the family. The kids will have a ball with this, once I get a few basics down on how to do it.

I want us to make little snow globes together for next winter. Every holiday will bring new challenges. However, it will save on buying gifts for all the holidays we have. It will also be a "memory" for the girls that they can pass on. This will be great fun.

By Phyllis from Oshkosh

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March 13, 2007

I have found a use for all of my empty glass baby food jars! I bought some glass paints at my local hobby store and decorated the jars with a nice pattern.

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November 23, 2009

Decorate baby food jar as snowman to hold candy. Remove lid from jar and use as a guide to cut a circle of red or green felt.

Snowman candy jar.

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December 20, 2007

Take an empty jar (I used the 4 oz.), wash well and remove label. It doesn't matter if all the glue is off as long as all the paper is gone.

Decorated baby food jar votive candle holder.

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December 3, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about making a baby food jar Santa candy jar. Create cute little Santa candy jars using baby food jars.

Santa jars

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November 30, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about making "gerber" baby food favors for 1st birthday party. A special birthday keepsake can inexpensively be made with baby food jars.

Baby food jars filled with candy as a favor.

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September 5, 20010 found this helpful

I have a 9 month old baby girl and plenty of baby food jars. They are just to cute to throw away. In a month, I am having about 10 girlfriends over for an evening of fun. I would like to use the jars to make individual gifts for all the girls. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

By Pepsi

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September 16, 20050 found this helpful

Don't forget to add glycerine to the snowball jars so the "snow" will "float" a little slower.

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December 1, 2008

I am looking for ideas for using empty baby food jars for Christmas crafts.

Nancy from Pryor, OK

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February 2, 20090 found this helpful

Paint the lids, trim with lace and ribbon, then pour melted paraffin in the jars to make candles. A set of these make great gifts, or they can be used for favors for parties, baby showers, etc. I've also seen them filled with candies instead of candles.

Glue some together to make a trinket holder for a desk, junk drawer, or to hold jewelry.

Fill with dried herbs from your garden or flavored teas. Also look for recipes for spice mixes, spiced tea, hot chocolate mix, bath salts, etc, and add to the gift baskets for birthday or christmas gifts.

A neat gift for a child is to put some charms in, a small ball, a balloon, a wishbone, a marble, a seashell, etc, and fill the rest of the way with sand. Glue the lid on. This makes a good rainy-day or travel gift. The kids take turns turning the jar, trying to find all the hidden treasures.

Put some sand and a votive inside each jar and use on the table during a party.

Organize your tool box--use for nuts, bolts, and extra screws.

I always put some paint in one after we paint a room. It is convenient for touch-ups.

I make and freeze homemade pesto in some for a side dish during the winter. Don't put the cheese in; add it after defrosted.

I'm sure there's many more uses--GOOD LUCK!

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September 1, 2011

Since I now have a grandchild, throwing away the baby food jars is hard. I have used them for inside drawers putting in small items, and have used them to keep things like nails, etc., but now I am looking for crafty ideas to do with them. Ideas?

By Vicki

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September 7, 20110 found this helpful

Try filling them with potpourri, and cover the tops with lace and tie with ribbon. They make great table decorations for showers.

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February 10, 2009

I saw an ornament at a craft fair that was made out of baby juice jars that looked like they were melted a little and pressed together. Before they melted and pressed it together, they had placed a picture of a snowman or whatever on the inside. Does anyone know how to melt the jars and press them flat like that?

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February 10, 20090 found this helpful

Hi, the short answer is that they do it in an electric kiln using a technique called "slumping". Tthe bottles are placed in position on a specially treated surface in the kiln. The kiln then heats up until the glass starts becoming soft and collapses ("slumps") to make the item you saw. Do a search for "glass slumping" to find someone in your area. Have a nice day!


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