Craft Ideas Using Baby Food Jars

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 Julie

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 Wanda M. Rogers

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, 2006

Here is a great idea I used a few weeks ago for a craft project for my kids. Stained glass look candle holders using baby food jars.

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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.

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

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March 4, 2009

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

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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September 5, 2001

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


September 21, 20010 found this helpful

This was a children's Bible school project and turned out well: Tear pieces of different colored tissue paper in small strips. Dip into tacky glue (or any glue that dries clear) and place on the outside of the jar. When it dries, put a small candle inside and it will look like stained glass. Other decorations could also be added, such as beads, bits of ribbon, etc.


- Evelyn from Ohio

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September 21, 20010 found this helpful

On a smaller scale, this would work fine.


1 clean plastic jar with lid
(such as a peanut butter jar)
Finch bird seed

Fill the jar half full of bird seed. Add whatever small items you can find, such as a screw, jingle bell, rubber band, piece of macaroni, button, needle, bead, screw, paper clip, penny, marble, pop tab, etc. Put 20 items in the jar. Fill with bird seed, leaving a space at the top for the seed to move around. To prevent people from opening the lid, you can add some glue to the threads of the lid, then screw it onto the jar. Keep a list of the items you put into the jar because it's almost guaranteed that the person you give it to will not find them all!


Add the following poem:

Some pirates got it all mixed up
And did things wrong way 'round.
They put the treasure in a bottle
And buried the map in the ground!
Their treasure was some silly stuff
Like needles, screws and beads.
Then dear old Polly Parrot
Added all her extra seeds!
So find the twenty items here
No two are quite the same.
Don't open up the bottle though
As that would break the game!

*******KITCHEN BITES*********
January 4, 2001
A Recipe Goldmine Publication
Copyright © 2000-2001 - Lisa Johnson

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September 21, 20010 found this helpful

Hi Pepsi:

Why don't you just get a bunch of odds and ends of craft stuff, plenty of glue and let everybody decorate their own jars at the party.It sounds like a blast. Little paper copies of pix would be cute on them too. I have one of those eyeball cameras on my computer, if you do you could take pictures of your guests and if you can figure out how to get them small enough they could glue them on the jars.

- Linne

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September 25, 20010 found this helpful

Get some mini-figurines, cool buttons or other cute things that you like. Glue to the inside of the lid. Fill the jar with water and glitter, add the lid and you have mini-snowglobes!

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October 3, 20010 found this helpful

You could turn the baby food jars into votives. Purchase colored, scented votive candles and matching ribbon. You can even paint the jars with enamel paint.
- Julie

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March 13, 20020 found this helpful

Dear Pepsi

If your friends have children aswell this project will be a great one for them. Make them into little shakes. Fill them with coloured rice. Colour the rice with food colouring (for the best effect encorage different colours to be used). Fill the jar a quarter to half full with rice then put cylicone or hot glue (use the cooler setting to prevent breaking the jar) on the top of the jar towards the inside then put the lid on it. If any residue does manage tomake its way to the outside of the lid just wipe it off before it hardens. These make great raddles and are easy to clean just through it in the dishwater when washing the dishes. If the jar does get oppened everything inside is completely safe to eat.


For an adult craft.

Fill the jars with layers of colored sand or aquarium gravel of different colors. You can create various designs in the sand using a toothpick and gentlely drag the toothpick along the side of the jar starting from the bottom working your way up.

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August 31, 20040 found this helpful

The science teacher at our church grammar school was thrilled to have donated baby food jars. The teacher showed the students how to fill the jars with potting soil and how to grow seeds.

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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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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 Self C.

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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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December 3, 2016

This is a page 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, 2016

This is a page 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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