By Shelly Hill
When it comes to frugal crafting, I like to repurpose regular household trash into new craft projects. One of the items I like to use are empty baby food jars. These little jars can be repurposed into many different types of craft projects.
You can paint them or leave them plain. One of my quick and easy ways of decorating them is to just glue ¼" wide ribbon around the lids rim and then glue a powder puff or fabric pillow on top. You can accent your powder puff with a satin ribbon bow or leave it plain.
Here are a few ideas:
1. Bath Salt Containers (fill with your favorite homemade bath salts)
2. Bubble Bath and Bath Oils
3. Hold Desk Supplies (staples, paper clips, rubber bands, pencil leads, etc.)
4. Craft them into a pin cushion
5. Hold Sewing Supplies (needles, bobbins, buttons, snaps, etc.)
6. Hold Craft Supplies (buttons, beads, brads, eyelets, etc.)
7. Hold Loose Tea and give it as a gift
8. Candle Holder (pour candle wax into them or just sit a tea light candle inside it)
9. Tooth Pick Holder
10. Party Favors (decorate them for party favors and fill with candy)
11. Blowing Bubbles Solution (make homemade bubble solution for the kids)
12. Mini Candy Dish (fill with small candies like M&M's, Jelly Beans or Tic Tacs)
13. Sand Art (purchase colored sand and let the kids make sand art inside the jars)
14. Homemade Body Butter Containers (fill with homemade body butter and body lotions
15. Lip Balm Tubes Organizer (You can fit 4-5 standard lip balm tubes inside)
16. Gift Jar Container (all kinds of jewelry will fit inside for gift-giving)
Repurposing your empty and clean baby food jars into useful and pretty crafts is a great way to save them from your local landfill. So, the next time you are getting ready to trash an empty baby food jar, think of all of the crafty things you can create with it.
Shelly Hill is a mother and grandmother living in South Central Pennsylvania who enjoys crafting, sewing and scrapbooking. Shelly has been crafting for over 30 years. You can visit Shelly's online craft site at http://passionateaboutcrafting.blogspot.com for FREE craft project ideas and FREE craft patterns.
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Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron is good and a fairly comprehensive book on everything to do with feeding… including when to introduce foods and recipes, etc…
My mom reminded me the other day that when I was a girl scout, we used old baby food jars to make snow globes for Christmas presents to our parents. If you go to the craft store, you can find little plastic figurines that you can glue onto the inside part of the lid, then fill the glass with water and glitter and glue the lid to the jar. You just have to watch how you glue it or it make leak.
Thanks a wonderful idea, Lisa!
We're using baby jars at the wedding... It's a vintage wedding and this jar will be covered with pretty lace and ribbon... Bubble will be added and to blow them using skeleton keys
That's such a unique and beautiful idea, Connie! That's wonderful that you're recycling jars and using them as a personal touch at your wedding. Hope you have a great day!