Baby food jar planters

Baby Food Jar Planters Tutorial

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I have a love-hate relationship with jars.

It is very difficult for me to throw them away or recycle them because they can be reused in so many useful ways! But at the same time, the clanking and falling towers of jars under my kitchen sink tends to drive me nuts.

This on-again-off-again relationship with these glass containers only intensified when the kids came along. Now the jars (baby food size) were mini and adorable but oh!- there are so so many!

I finally decided to dive into the love side of the relationship and let me tell you…the results are stunning!

Just look at these beauties!


  • Small glass jars (such as baby food jars)
  • Hot glue gun and sticks
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Fabric scraps
  • Old pair of blue jeans
  • Adhesive Cork Sheets
  • Potting soil
  • Succulents (I used Hen and Chicks)- real or artificial

Directions: Making the Jars

Make sure jars are clean and dry both inside and out. You don’t have to remove the labels.

I used this tutorial for creating my twisted rope from fabric scraps: Handmade Scrap Fabric Twine from My Poppet. I LOVE this method for creating stunning fabric ropes. In fact, I’ve used it in two other projects: Painted Stick Wall Hanging and DIY No-Sew Rug!

If you are using the adhesive cork for around the top, measure the width and cut out a strip. Peel the backing and stick to the jar, making sure to smooth it out firmly so it creates a strong bond.

Where the cork meets the other end will become the back of the jar.

Using a good dollop of hot glue, adhere the end of the fabric rope to the jar. Work your way around the jar, pulling the rope slightly taut and twisting as you go. Be sure to use more hot glue about every inch or so.

Note: Twisting and pulling the rope as you go will created a tighter look. In my large jar with the pink rope (see above pictures), I did not pull or twist as much and the rope stayed thicker. It just depends on the look you’re going for.

Continue gluing the rope until you reach the bottom. When the rope has reached the very bottom so that the jar sits flush against a hard surface, add one more dollop of glue and cut.

Note: Tie a knot in the end of the leftover fabric rope you have so it won’t unravel. Save and use for your next project!

If you want, you can stop midway through and add more cork or blue jean cuffs.

Note: Did you know that the cuff of a plain pair of blue jeans is the exact height of the rim of a baby food jar? It’s just meant to be!

  • Place a large rock or two in the bottom of each jar. Since there are no holes for drainage, you are creating some extra space at the bottom for the water to gather. This keeps your plants healthier and prevents rotting.
  • When filling with soil, wrap an old rag around the top and hold tight to prevent soil from dirtying the outside of your jars. You can always blow away any stray bits. Don’t use a water to remove them though- you will make mud!
  • My succulents (Hen and Chicks) like to kind of sit on top and especially like growing around rocks. Check the plant label for growing requirements to make sure you get your succulents off to a good start.
  • Don’t want the maintenance of real plants? Why not make some artificial succulents? Look at my tutorial for DIY Eucalyptus Succulents to make what you need!

These are absolutely perfect for a kitchen windowsill!

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The kid ate the puree with pleasure, smearing its contents on all surfaces. And the jar was carefully washed out and sent to the shelf to its fellows. What to do with her?

There are a lot of ideas for using glass baby food jars. Website "Mom can do anything!" collected the most interesting of them. nine0003

  1. Needle cases. From glass jars it is easy to make such cute pincushions that can fit buttons and other small handicraft things.
  2. Houses for fairies. If you are fond of modeling, then you should try to make such a delightful house for fairies.
  3. Aquarium. A jar is a small aquarium for a toy fish. Pour soil inside, install algae - the craft is ready. You can also mold plasticine fish together with your child and place them in a jar. nine0016
  4. Terrarium. Plant moss and other small, low-maintenance plants inside.
  5. Decorations for the holiday. Decorate the jars with glitter, make holes in the lids and install decorative elements, letters and numbers. A very original decoration is ready.
  6. Bird feeder. Few people realize that such delicious drinkers and bird feeders are obtained from an ordinary baby food can. In the sun, they will shimmer with all the colors of the rainbow and delight the eye. nine0016
  7. Storage for small items. From cans, not only beautiful things are obtained, but also very practical. Screw the lids to a wooden surface and you will get very convenient containers for storing small things.
  8. Candlesticks for the garden. Buy a lot of small candles, put each one in its own jar and hang them by ropes on tree branches. A beautiful setting for a romantic evening is ready.
  9. Container for growing onions. Green onions are a storehouse of nutrients that are so lacking in the cold season. Growing such an onion is not difficult. Pour water into the jar, put the bulb on top, in a few days we will get the first shoots. nine0016
  10. Pots for seedlings. It is convenient to plant parsley, dill and other herbs in small jars.
  11. Crafts from baby food jars. Such beautiful flowers in pots are easy to make yourself with your children. We circle the palm on a green sheet of cardboard, cut it out, gluing a flower on each finger. We put it in a pot-jar - a beautiful craft is ready. Such flowers will be a great gift for mom or grandmother by March 8th.
  12. Storage containers. In puree jars it is very convenient to store buttons, beads, beads. nine0016
  13. Pencil holders.
  14. Night lamps.
  15. Snow globe. A can of baby food makes a delicious snow globe. Just stick the figurine on the lid. Pour the baby oil and glitter into the jar, close the lid tightly and shake.
  16. Gift-treat for guests or children.
  17. Original frames. Just place photos inside the jar.
  18. Spice storage. Glass jars with screw-on lids keep spices fresh for a long time. nine0016
  19. Vases for flowers. Just dip the jar in the paint and get unusual vases for small flowers.
  20. Jelly mold. Small jars are great for making jelly. It looks beautiful and appetizing in them, one jar holds one serving, and the screw cap will help keep it in the refrigerator for a long time.
  21. Portion desserts. In small jars it is convenient to make portioned desserts.
  22. Refreshing cocktail in a jar.
  23. Candles. You can read how to make these candles here. nine0016
  24. Crafts. Small glass jars are a great base for crafts.
  25. Rubber storage. The advantages of transparent jars are obvious - it's easy to find the right one.

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10 baby food jar ideas



When weaning starts, jars of baby food practically occupy the refrigerator. With vegetables, fruits, meat and poultry and mixes of everything and everything ... The kid eats the contents - but where to put the container? Conscious mothers try to find a use for empty jars so as not to pollute the environment. Especially if there is no separate waste container for glass near the house. nine0003

In this article, we have collected both popular and unexpected ideas for using baby food jars. Get inspired - and share with us your ideas on how to use them!

Spice jars

Perhaps the most popular idea... but for some reason not everyone's favorite. Meanwhile, if you add a little creativity, these jars can look very pretty.

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You can put a pill-candle in a baby food jar, wrap a wire around the thread and hang the resulting lamp anywhere. And if you decorate a jar, you can get a real designer thing. nine0003 © Instagram @flyladysblog

Night lamp

A safe home version of the mini light that kids will love. Actually, it is better to do it with kids. And let the luminous element be a battery-operated candle or a small garland with tiny light bulbs.

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Author's candles

Needle mothers can make a beautiful candle by pouring it directly into a baby food jar. We suggest creating a soy candle in this way - you will find a master class in this article. nine0003 ©​​​​​​​​ Instagram @feather_m9

Planters for small plants

Tiny succulents don't need large flower pots, and baby food jars are perfect for them. You can wrap the jar with satin ribbon or twine - and give the plant to anyone. Looks very cute!

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An idea for needlewomen who need a handy storage for needles and tailor's pins. Inside such a jar, you can fold buttons or small details that are always lost. nine0003

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Thread organizer

Threads will never get tangled with them! We recommend using it for the remains of the glomeruli - try it to evaluate how convenient it is.

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