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Uses for Baby Food Jars

Uses for Baby Food Jars, Three Jars Full of Baby Food

When the baby food jars are emptied out there are a lot of ways to reuse them. From storage to craft projects baby food jars have all kinds of other uses. This is a guide about uses for baby food jars.



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Tip: Storing Items In Baby Food Jars

Baby food jars are great for storing small nails, screws and other items so that they are easy to see. You can put the jars in a old spice race to keep them together. You can also attach the metal lids to the underside of a shelf, the jars can then hang from the shelf and be seen easily.

Tip: Reusing Baby Food Jars

It's great if you have little ones. When they are done eating save the glass jars. You can use them for so many things from keeping small objects in like push pins to nails. You can also use them if you love doing crafts and making your own paints. The bottles make great containers to put them in to use again. Also takes up less space than a bigger container.

By Teresa from Greensburg, KY

Tip: Save Old Baby Food Jars and Lids

Baby food jars have many uses. I saved the ones I used from my son and have used them for a variety of things. I made his food, so I would make little "to go" meals for him and put them in the freezer for when we traveled. I've also used them for storing pins, buttons, thumb tacks, paper clips, beads, and other small do-dads.

But by far, the best use I've found for them yet is to use them for freezer jam! They are the perfect size for gift giving and don't take up too much room in the freezer. In true frugal style, I ask for the jar back, ostensibly so I can refill it and give it to the giftee again with a new flavor of jam!

By MamaSarah from Lansing, MI

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Question: Uses For Baby Food Jars

Photo of a lit Christmas tree made with baby food jars.Does anyone have any ideas for reusing baby food jars? I hate to throw them away, I figure someone has a use for them.

Most Recent Answer

By Samantha03/03/2010

Watch out for a BPA coating on the inside of the jar lids (and other products containing plastic). BPA has been linked to developmental issues in fetuses, infants, children and health issues in adults. Also keep an eye out for it in soothers, bottles, toys, drinking containers and other plastic products.

Question: Baby Food Jar Birthday Souvenirs

How can I make souvenirs for a boy's first birthday out of baby food jars?

By Betsy from Bronx, NY

Most Recent Answer

By Melissa06/28/2010

How about search and find jars? Might be a little old for 1 yr olds, but could also work.
Instructions at
You could put in things more age appropriate.

marble = ball
small plastic things like dog or cat

I hope that helps, or at least you could do it in the next couple of years.



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Archive: Uses For Baby Food Jars

Snow Globes

My niece made snowglobes out of babyfood jars with her Girl Scout troop. Fill clean jars with water. Water can be tinted with food coloring if desired. Add glitter into the water (for the "snow"). Spraypaint the lids gold or silver or whatever color you like. Then hot glue small figurines or objects onto the inside of each lid, such as a tiny trees, animals, people, etc. Hot glue and screw on the lids (with the figures now inside) tightly. Let dry thoroughly. Hot glue ribbon around the edge of the lids if desired. Turn babyfood jars over and shake -- and watch the glitter swirl in the water like snow -- and you have snow globes! If any jars leak water, try to remove the lids and re-glue.

You can also put loose items into the jar with the water and glitter -- such as colored beads and metallic confetti cutouts -- that will float (and not disintegrate) and look pretty when the jar is shaken.

By Ness

Lighted Baby Food Jar Christmas Tree

  • 33 (3-inch) baby food jars with lids
  • String of 35-bulb light set
  • 50 inches (3-inch wide) Christmas ribbon
  • Double-sided tape
  • 5 1/2 x 9-inch finished board for base
  • Small package silver roping tinsel
  • Tube of Liquid Nails Adhesive
  • Drill and bits

NOTE: Because Liquid Nails Adhesive is used as glue, each row of jars must dry overnight before next row is added. Project will take a number of days to complete.

Prepare the jars. Wash and dry all jars and lids.

Drill the holes. Before drilling holes in lids for the bulbs to fit into, drill practice holes in a board to determine appropriate bit size. Bulbs should fit snugly into holes. Drill holes in the center of all 33 lids. Place tinsel in all jars and replace lids.

Glue the jars. Line up 7 jars with caps up next to each other along a straight edge on a flat surface. Use Liquid Nails to glue jars together. Tie string around the row of jars to hold them in place. Let dry over night. Turn glued jars on side. Glue a row of six jars on top of the 7 jars. Let dry overnight.

Continue to glue a row each day until the last jar becomes the top of the tree. Make the tree trunk in the same way.

Assemble the tree. Glue tree trunk to the finished board. Let dry overnight. Glue large section of the tree onto the trunk. Let dry overnight. To attach ribbon to tree, start at top of tree trunk and apply double-sided tape around tree, ending on the opposite side of tree trunk. Place the ribbon over tape.

Insert the lights. Starting at the top, insert a light in each hole. Set the completed tree in a location of your choice, plug it in and light up!

By BeckyTN

Organizing Nails and Screws

In your garage or basement, you can nail/screw the lids to the undersides of your shelving, then put nails, screws, and other small fasteners in the jars and screw them onto the jar lids. Baby food jars are a good size for this, but you can also use larger jars. This provides a free, convenient, see-through way to organize.

By Claudia

Freezing Herbs

I was reading a book on Home Freezing this weekend. It talked about using baby food jars to freeze fresh herbs in. Pack fresh herbs tightly in the jars. Put lid on. Boil in water for 5 minutes. Cool and freeze. Take out what you need when you need it.

By Meari

"Gerber" Baby Food Craft

For my daughter's first birthday party, I made her into the "Gerber" baby by creating new "labels" for the jars. I started with a Word document and inserted a picture of her from my Kodak files, then shrunk the picture down to the size needed to fit the baby food jars. After that, to the left of the picture I typed "ingredients" to include mom, dad, grandparents, and added aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. On the right side of the picture I typed her birth statistics and her height/weight a year later.

I even inserted lines and bars to make her very own "barcode" with the numbers of her birthdate under each bar. I copied and pasted 6 or 7 to a page, cut them out, then glued them to the baby food jar. I filled them with M & Ms, Skittles, and cereal to give as gifts at her birthday party, and for table decorations.

Here's a link for making this craft:

By Donna