Craft Ideas Using Baby Food Jars

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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December 3, 2016 Flag

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

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November 30, 2016 Flag

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.

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Baby food jars filled with candy as a favor.

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July 5, 2006 Flag

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).

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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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November 14, 2007 Flag

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.
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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.

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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!

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December 10, 2005 Flag

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

Candle holder made from a baby food jar and covered with glitter

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March 4, 2009 Flag

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.

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March 13, 2007 Flag

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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December 20, 2007 Flag

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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November 23, 2009 Flag

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 1, 2008 Flag

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

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December 4, 20080 found this helpful

How about making face scrub & storing in the jars? Tie some Christmas tissue or fabric to the top, tie with raffia - a nice gift. There are lots of sugar/salt scrub recipes on Thrifty Fun, just make the grains extra fine for the face.

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December 10, 20080 found this helpful

I saw an awesome thing once. Someone smarter than I had taken baby food jars and laid about 5 on their side and glued them together. Then 4 stacked on top of them and glued then 3,2 and 1 typical triangle only glued together. Then they took and put holes in the lids right in the center. They then inserted 1 colored light through the hole to where it would be inside the jar and screwed the lid back on. They did this to all the jars with different colors and then sat it on the desk and the office. With the beautiful lights shining through the bottom of the jars, it added such dimension and sparkle.

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December 12, 20080 found this helpful

I really appreciate these ideas using baby food jars. Thank you anymore I would like to have them.

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September 5, 2001 Flag

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.

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December 26, 20040 found this helpful

I found this recipe for Cinnamon Honey Butter that my mother made and distributed to her friends in baby food jars. She got rave reviews.

2 sticks Butter and 2 sticks Margerine, both soft

Mix at medium speed

Slowly add the following:

1 Tbsp ground cinnamon

1/2 cup Honey

1 tsp. vanilla

Whip until well blended

Refrigerate before using

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January 24, 20050 found this helpful

I used baby food jars for baby shower thank you favors. I put candy inside the jars and then decorated the jars with blue or pink mesh, tied ribbon around the mouth of the jar and tied little pacifiers (the kind in the craft stores ) to the ribbon. I attached a little thank you note from "mom and baby" to them. Everyone got a kick out of them!

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January 24, 20050 found this helpful

I used baby food jars for baby shower thank you favors. I put candy inside the jars and then decorated the jars with blue or pink mesh, tied ribbon around the mouth of the jar and tied little pacifiers (the kind in the craft stores ) to the ribbon. I attached a little thank you note from "mom and baby" to them. Everyone got a kick out of them!

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September 1, 2011 Flag

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?

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September 1, 20110 found this helpful

Here's an idea. It's for Christmas. Glue Christmas wrapping paper on the outside of the lid. You'll stll need to be able to get the lid on the jar.

In the middle of the inside of the lid, use permanent jewelry glue to glue on a little plastic Santa, deer, snowman or tree.

Add a large spoonful of white, pearlescent glitter to the jar. Put the lid on the jar and glue it carefully shut with the permanent glue. When set on its lid, it is a little, waterless snowglobe.

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September 2, 20110 found this helpful

Oh I remember years ago when all the craze was to make 'pickled bums', 'pickled pigs' and 'pickled people'. They are made from quilt batting and old nylons. We'd decorate the lid with gingham & ribbon and attach a label "Sweet Mixed Bums" or "Pickled Pigs". A cute little novelty gift or stocking stuffer that we used to sell at holiday bazaars. I've attached a photos I found online, instructions can be found on the internet.

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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 Flag

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

They probably used a kiln...haven't seen anything like that though, so not sure!

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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!

LWH

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