Ideas for empty baby food jars?

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Hey crafty moms!

I am going through so many baby food jars, which I rinse out and recycle, but I've been wondering if anyone has a good craft idea or a reason to save them for something else? I just feel like it's a waste!

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Linny - posted on 08/24/2009

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i used the jars for Easter and Christmas... I would fill them with jelly beans then hot glue some Easter grass on top of the lid along with a small bunny. They make cute novelty gifts. I did the same with candy corn on Halloween. I hot glued a black spider on top. Then for Christmas, I filled them with red and green m&m's and on the lid I hot glued fake snow and some snow men. The teachers loved them. The ideas are endless. They make cute baby shower gifts too.

Monica - posted on 11/25/2012

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you're husband could use them to organize all of his nails and screws. you could use them for paint samples if you think you might need that color again and only have a little left instead of keeping the gallon bucket, maybe?? just throwing some things out there.

Connie - posted on 11/03/2012

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If u r a scrapbooker, crafter, sewer/quilter amongst other things...baby food jars are ideal for storing small items like scrapbook embellishments, needles, thimbles, and small things that will fit. It's is great organization for things you don't want floating around in a larger space.

Audra - posted on 08/29/2009

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Soak and scrub off the label, fill with a little sand if desired, then place a small votive candle in it. Great for outdoor patio tables

Lisa - posted on 08/29/2009

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I love using the plastic ones for when my toddler is painting or making crafts, they hold everything and then you could toss them out after using them twice ! I used the glass jars for snacks on the go, they would not get crushed in the diaper bag like they do in ziplocs.

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Michelle - posted on 03/21/2014

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One really good idea I had learned from my dad. Screw the lids under cabinets then jars can be screwed or unscrewed as needed. Did this in basement under cabinets, garage fir variety of small nails and such. Could work under shelving units and such. Great to keep lots of small items organized. Even paint

Anne - posted on 09/05/2013

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I am looking for clean baby jars with lids, I am an elementary art teacher in va and i would pay for shipping-Let me know if you have any- it would be greatly appreciated-I put paint in them and I need as many as I can get my hands on.
Thanks
Anne

Alesia - posted on 12/14/2012

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Pies in a jar are very good, just take premade pie dough and put it in then the filling. Top with lid and pretty fabric.

Monica - posted on 11/25/2012

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you're husband could use them to organize all of his nails and screws. you could use them for paint samples if you think you might need that color again and only have a little left instead of keeping the gallon bucket, maybe?? just throwing some things out there.

Monica - posted on 11/25/2012

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you're husband could use them to organize all of his nails and screws. you could use them for paint samples if you think you might need that color again and only have a little left instead of keeping the gallon bucket, maybe?? just throwing some things out there.

Doreen - posted on 11/15/2012

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Hi Shannon I don't belive in throwing away baby jars out ..Lol There is always something that you can do with the baby food jars....you can make a snow globes with your child or Children , it is alot of fun I have done it when my 5 kids were little, now I do it with my grandkids,which is more exciting...lol We start making our snow globes about the 2nd week in November so by Dec.20th - they will be already sealed up ready to be wrapped up,put under the christmas tree for that someone special on christmas day ... I always have lots of idea for the baby food jars..lol

So yeah ... you can also make scented candles too ,they too make great gifts ... So ladies have some fun I hope I gave some ideas, what I do with my jars , I always have a few extra jars tucked away, for my next crafts ....

Doreen Sinclair

Doreen - posted on 11/13/2012

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Well after having 5 kids,which they are all grown now.. I had saved up some of the baby jars,some I use for loose buttons,snaps, beads, screws,nails,ect .. you can always make a christmas tree ,I have done it .. It looks real cool when it is completed..In fact I have given them away as christmas gifts to friends and to some senior citzens who cant have a christmas tree in there retired apt.buildings or the nursing homes,Once I plug in (the baby jars ) Christmas tree lights up and just to watch their eyes in amazement with a big smile on their faces that says it all for me . So like my kids tell me mom don't ever give up your hidden talent,share it . lol

ps..my 2 girls ages are 32,31 yrs old then my 3 boys are 26,25 yrs old, and my 16 yrs old .. and I love to do recycle crafts ie jello pudding cups,motts apple sauce cups ..

Theresa - posted on 11/04/2012

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There r lots. I know there r ppl that use the jars with plywood & xmas lights to make a xmas tree decor for inside & out. But my favorite which in the move I don't have anymore & my children r past that age by yrs is use them inside or in a shed or garage tp organize your nails, screws, bolts, nuts etc. & to better that is take the lid & screw it to the bottom of the board so u can screw the jar into the lid to save space in your cupboards or on your countertops.u can either label your jars or put a label above where u attached the lid. Or my grandma used to use them for her beads & other small items that she had for making her roaserys. I think they r better than most containers that I had found for my jewlery making items!

Frances - posted on 10/08/2012

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Hi I am Frances Hooks

Make gel air freshener out of the baby jars.

And put potpourri in them to decorative with

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I fill them with potpourri and cut a piece of thin square fabric to place over the top and I tie a ribbon around the top over the fabric. Then I give them away around holidays/seasons and keep some for myself!

Kandi - posted on 08/29/2009

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I use them for pre measured formula in the diaper bag. I also use them for quick snacks for my older son.

I have also used them to keep scrapbook supplies like buttoms, eyelets, etc.

I am a preschool teacher so we use the plastic one for bug catching (putting hole in the lids), holding paint or glue, and random other crafts.

Laura - posted on 08/29/2009

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I did the same thing for my son who is now over a year old.My husband and I have not had our White wedding yet due to obligations to the Miltary.I have saved the jars to do as candle holders and to put sand and sea shells in for our tables as decoration.

Bonnie - posted on 08/28/2009

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you could get some glass paint and paint them and put tea light candles in them. or cut up pieces of tissue paper and decoupage them onto the jars as well. makes nice gifts.
if you also have have some of those starbuck frappacino jars left over...me and the kids
did the tissue paper and decoupage to these as well and gave them as gifts to use as vases.

Michelle - posted on 08/28/2009

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You can make little snow globes with them. hot glue some items to the inside of the lid, these will be your "scene" and then fill with sterile water (so that you don't get weird "floaties") which you can color if you'd like and screw tight. You can then decorate the outside of the lid with some ribbon or whatever you'd like.

Cheryl - posted on 08/27/2009

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If you are a crafter, they are great for all your little odds and ends! Straight pins, safety pins, brads, scraps, etc Decorate them and display them with tea lights.

Michelle - posted on 08/27/2009

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I always saved mine

Great for storing/organizing screws, nails and small items that clutter up a junk drawer

kids like to put things in every hole in their body....

Also good for leftover paints, glue, glitter and other crafty stuff

those small embellishments of scrapbooking items

Not a waste

Use them

Jocelyn - posted on 08/26/2009

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Quoting Stacey:

You could nail/glue the lids to some timber, top of a shelf etc and then you can use them as storage for your bits and pieces.


That's what I did! I screwed all the lids to the underside of our kitchen cabinets, and then put spices in the jars :)

Jaci - posted on 08/26/2009

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Quoting Ashley:

Here's a question. With the jars, all the ones I had had a smell that I could not get out. How did you all get the smell out of the jars. I ended up throwing away all the jars because I couldn't stand the smell.



as soon as i was done with the jars i would rinse them out then run them through the dishwasher so none of mine have a bad smell

Jaci - posted on 08/26/2009

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Quoting Ashley:

Here's a question. With the jars, all the ones I had had a smell that I could not get out. How did you all get the smell out of the jars. I ended up throwing away all the jars because I couldn't stand the smell.



as soon as i was done with the jars i would rinse them out then run them through the dishwasher so none of mine have a bad smell

Tara - posted on 08/25/2009

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You make make or use them for almost everything. My son made me a cute little xmas gift with some green and red flowers . he put them in the gar, then he glued a piece of xmas fabric over the lid and then glued the lid on. after that he took a piece of ribbon and tiedit around the jar and put his name on a tag and it was finished. it makes a really cute decoration at xmas time. But you can also do ones for easter or any other holiday or just for a gift.

Stacey - posted on 08/25/2009

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You could nail/glue the lids to some timber, top of a shelf etc and then you can use them as storage for your bits and pieces.

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Would boiling them get the smell out? Or soaking in water with a little bleach (if you're not using them for food again...). Or running through the dishwasher?

These ideas are GREAT!! Thanks ladies... keep them coming!

Ashley - posted on 08/24/2009

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Here's a question. With the jars, all the ones I had had a smell that I could not get out. How did you all get the smell out of the jars. I ended up throwing away all the jars because I couldn't stand the smell.

Kerri - posted on 08/24/2009

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i was thinking of brads, eyelets ,glitter, ribbons,buttons....now i'm counting down til my baby is on solids cos i soooo love those containers LOL

Sara - posted on 08/24/2009

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Ashley - that's a perfect idea for those plastic containers. The lids aren't totally secure, so I didnt' want to put my scrapbook stuff in them in case I wanted to bring them somewhere. But storing in a cupboard would work great. :-)



Linny - Such cute ideas! I'm kinda sad I got rid of my 3rd food jars now.

Ashley - posted on 08/24/2009

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Quoting Sara:

I used some to pre-measure the ceral for my kids. Then I could just grab a jar of oatmeal/etc and add the liquid for a quick meal.
I as my son got older, I put a bunch of 3rd foods jars in my "free" box at my rummage sale. I also couldn't just recycle them if someone else had a use. Some guy picked up the entire bunch and said he'd use them for canning jelly.
One of my only complaints about gerber foods is that they switched a lot of food to those plastic rectangle containers. They stack better in my cupboard, but it killed me to throw them out!



I have a friend that used the plastic containers for stained glass.  She does a lot of mosaics and it is the perfect size that she could sort the colors and were easy to stack in her cabinet.

Sara - posted on 08/24/2009

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I used some to pre-measure the ceral for my kids. Then I could just grab a jar of oatmeal/etc and add the liquid for a quick meal.

I as my son got older, I put a bunch of 3rd foods jars in my "free" box at my rummage sale. I also couldn't just recycle them if someone else had a use. Some guy picked up the entire bunch and said he'd use them for canning jelly.

One of my only complaints about gerber foods is that they switched a lot of food to those plastic rectangle containers. They stack better in my cupboard, but it killed me to throw them out!

Ashley - posted on 08/24/2009

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One thing I should have done is use them to hold embelishments. I know I have enough different eyelets, brads, and other embelishments that I would use quite a few in sorting the various shapes and sizes.

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