Baby food jars christmas tree

Baby Food Jar Christmas Tree Tutorial

Want to make an unusual Christmas decoration from something as surprising as baby food jars?  A beautiful holiday tree and recycled craft!  Create something amazing with this step by step tutorial.

This is an idea that I first saw in a craft show.  Yep, I’m one of those irritating individuals that goes through craft shows taking notes.  Looking at things that catch my eye and thinking, “I can do that”.  Then I go home and try it out.  Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t so much.  But the great thing about being a crafter is that there are so many ideas out there to inspire and inspiration is always right around the next corner.

The one pictured above was made for me by my sister-in-law.  She is rather crafty herself.  In fact, she has a craft room bigger than my living room and enough supplies to make the average craft store hang its head in shame.  She made them for the Ornament Club one year.   That meant that she made 20 of them.  I’m thinking she was totally baby fooded out.

Baby Food Jar Christmas Trees made by Sitcom reader, Sophie Werner!

I made three of them myself and getting the baby food jars was sort of a challenge.  Not having any small children or grandchildren or even friends with small children, I was forced to justify purchasing 51 jars of baby food.  I fortunately came up with a plan.  It seems that banana baby food is great for making banana bread.  So there you go.  My famous banana bread:

Okay, you can quit your laughing now.  How, you ask? Well, I promise I stood right by that oven the whole time. I didn’t go anywhere. My husband monitors me now, keeps the batteries fresh in the smoke detectors and the fire extinguisher handy. He was fully prepared if needed. He knows the drill.

I finally did manage to get four batches of banana bread completed.  But I had to learn a few lessons in the process.  Don’t bake four loaves at a time, be sure that the baking powder hasn’t expired, flour is difficult to get out of your hair and off the dog. And did you know that one full minute in the microwave is way too long to melt a stick of butter?  Just saying.

Anyway,  I finally had my supplies.

For this project I used:

17 Glass Baby Food Jars
Gorilla Glue Epoxy
12″ x 4″ Wood base (Any wood base will work)
Assorted Garland
Strand of 35 miniature Christmas lights
Assorted miniature Christmas decorations
String of bead garland
3″ wide ribbon
Bow for top of tree
Awl and hammer

Begin by punching holes in each of the lids using your awl and hammer.  The hole needs to be big enough to push your miniature lights through.

Choose what color of garland you would like to put inside the jars and cut about 2″ pieces to add to the jar.  Remember that there are so many options here.  All silver garland with blue lights is awesome, so is gold with white lights.  I used silver garland and red stars garland and multi-colored lights.  The possibilities here are endless.  Just remember not to fill up the jar entirely.   You want to be able to see the lights.

Because I do not have an unassembled tree, you’ll have to work with me here.  The next step is putting the lids on all the jars and then using the epoxy to glue the jars into a tree shape as below.

It is important here to use epoxy or glass glue.  Not hot glue.  You see one of the properties of hot glue is that when it gets hot, it melts.  Plug in that sucker when it is glued together with hot glue and I’m betting that within a half hour, you have a floor full of baby food jars.  Ask me how I know…

Once the glue has set, you can push the miniature lights into the holes in the lids.  Then stand it up on your base and use the epoxy to glue it down.  Let it dry well before you go to the next step.

Cut your wide ribbon long enough to cover all the sides of the tree and glue it on with gorilla glue, pushing it into the crevices between the jars.

Take your beaded garland and glue it on the front in a garland-like fashion.  You know, my youngest daughter always called it “garlic”.   So that is actually how we refer to it in our house.  I remember her coming home one day from middle school totally furious with me because one of her classmates had corrected her.  I guess by the age of twelve, we probably should have corrected her ourselves, but it was cute! And embarrassing my kids is kind of a hobby of mine.  So there.

Take your miniature Christmas decorations and glue them around the bottom of the tree.

Finally, add a bow to the top.  I used a pre-made fabric bow and a couple of Christmas “picks”.

Then light that sucker up.

Pretty, huh?  Makes me all Christmassy happy inside.  And it’s only September!  So you have several months to hurry up and consume some baby food for this project.  I recommend the Blueberry Buckle… it’s kinda awesome.

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Baby Food Jar Crafts: Light Up Christmas Tree

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DIY + Crafts

When you’ve got a baby in the house eating solids, you inevitably end up with a plethora of baby food jars.

What do you do with all those jars?!

You could just recycle them. But what if you made some super cool baby food jar crafts?

I can’t say that I came up with this idea on my own, my mom actually made one “before being crafty was cool.” She’s the ultimate craft hipster.

I’ve always wanted one of my own, so when my little Bean was in the baby food stage I saved every single jar with the intentions of using them for crafty goodness.

Here’s how you can make your own baby food jar light up Christmas tree!

Repurposed Baby Food Jar Crafts Idea: Light Up Christmas Tree


  • String of 50 LED Christmas lights (this one is battery operated!)
  • 17 long baby food jars
  • 15 feet of tinsel garland
  • Hot glue gun + hot glue
  • Scissors

Step One: Clean up the baby food jars

Start by making sure the jars are washed and dry, and that most of the residue is cleaned from the outside of the jars. If you don’t get it all off, no big deal. It will be covered later.

Step Two: Start inserting the Christmas lights into the base jars

Start at the end of the lights that you plug in. Attach 2 lights to the inside of the jar with hot glue.

Step Three: Finish assembling the base

Attach 3 lights to the inside of the one more jar with hot glue. This jar and the jar from step 2 will make up the base of the tree.

Using hot glue, attach the tinsel garland around the bottom and between the 2 jars.

Glue the jars together and finish off the base by attaching garland all the way around the top of the 2 jars. Cut the remaining garland off and secure loose end with more hot glue.

Step Four: Start assembling the bottom layer of the tree

Glue 3 lights to the inside of two more jars starting with a jar that will go on the outside of the layer. Make sure you are working up the tree in a weaving pattern with the lights (right to left then left to right).

These jars will be hanging off the side of the base and will make up part of the bottom tier of the tree (which will have 5 jars total).

Attach tinsel around each jar individually with hot glue.

Glue the jars together.

Attach this section of three jars to the base with hot glue. The 2nd jar should be slightly hanging off the edge of the base.

Glue 3 more lights to the inside of the next jar. Attach to the middle of the base with hot glue.

Repeat the steps to make the 2nd edge of the bottom tier as you did before. Finish off the row by gluing tinsel to the top of the middle jar.

Step Five: Finish making the rest of the layers of the tree

Work through the next 4 rows by gluing 3 lights to the inside of a jar, attaching to the previous row in a pyramid shape.

Repeat that step until you finish out the row, then attach tinsel garland to the sides, between, and top of the row with hot glue.

Here is the amount of jars each row should have (starting from the bottom):

Base (2), Row 1 or bottom (5), Row 2 (4) Row 3 (3) Row 4 (2) Row 1 or top (1).

Finish off the tree by making sure all the jars are securely glued to each another.

Attach an additional row of tinsel garland with hot glue around the entire tree to cover up the sides of the jars.

And here she is in all her shiny glory, just waiting to be plugged in 🙂

As you can see, the back isn’t the prettiest. You could pretty it up a bit by squeezing the extra cord into each jar better. I didn’t mind because when I display the tree you can’t see the back.

I wouldn’t cover the back with fabric because yes, these are LED lights that don’t put off a bunch of heat, but I think that could still be a fire hazard.

Better safe than sorry 😉

I love the groovy effect the jars give to the lights!

There you have it. Now go make our own kitsch-tastic baby food jar light up Christmas tree! 🙂

What other things should I make out of my leftover baby food jars? Let me know in the comments!

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New Year's workshop: crafts from baby food jars.

Baby food jars: crafts for the New Year

What is the most pleasant thing about celebrating the New Year? For me, as for many - the preparation and expectation of the holiday. Of course, you can devote the evening of December 31 to decorating the Christmas tree and preparing treats, but how much more pleasant it is to take care of some kind of surprise for the household in advance, show your imagination, decorate the house and table in a slightly new way.

If there are children in the family, the expectation of the New Year and Christmas takes on a special character. Long before the winter holidays, letters are written to Santa Claus, garlands and colored paper lanterns are glued. After some paper Christmas decorations are done, you can take a close look around. You may be interested in a less traditional, but no less attractive material for making New Year's crafts.

Using baby food jars

Today we are going to talk about glass baby food jars. It is possible that you have a lot of them in your house. If you're used to throwing away jars immediately after use, it's not too late to fix the situation. Let's say in your family a child eats one serving of prepared food from a day. In this case, a month and a half before the New Year is just enough to collect as many empty jars as you need for all the crafts described here. Of course, before starting work, they must be thoroughly washed and dried.

Homemade candle holders from jars

Firstly, children can make original candle holders for small candles from a couple of such jars. For work, kids will need brushes, paints, a ribbon, a candle in a metal case, and, of course, the jar itself. Instead of paints, you can use multi-colored markers with indelible ink. The technology is simple and transparent, like the product itself. We tie a ribbon around the neck of the jar with a bow, retreating slightly down from the edge so that the flame of the candle cannot accidentally set it on fire. On the glass we draw something New Year's (Christmas tree, snowflakes, snowman). We put a candle inside, set fire to it under the control of the parents, and the job is done.

Now let's see what can be done if you have glitter glue and flat-backed artificial gems (rhinestones). You can simply paint the jar with beautiful glue and let it dry. It is very easy to depict a Christmas tree by moving the brush in a zigzag pattern from top to bottom, as in the picture. With another jar, you can do differently. On its surface you need to squeeze out a little glue with sparkles and press the "precious stone" to this place. Do the same a few more times around the perimeter of the jar. Let dry. Then cover with glitter glue with a brush the entire surface of the jar around the stones, stepping back a little from the neck. If desired, you can decorate the finished product with a bow.


Now let's work harder, create a composition with falling snow. This time we need a jar of medium or large size. In addition to it, you need to prepare some clay, a small figure (for example, from Kinder Surprise), silver sparkles or artificial snow (you can buy it ready-made or cut foil). You also need a waterproof glue like those used in aquariums. Small plastic Christmas decorations and garlands will come in handy.

First you need to fix the toy on the inside of the lid with clay. If the figurine is small, it is better to mold a stand for it so that it looks taller. Then attach to the clay "foundation" everything that you would like to see in the composition (artificial greenery, berries, etc.). You can use glue. One condition: all items must be waterproof. Fill the jar with cold water 1 cm below the lid. Pour in a tablespoon of sparkles or artificial snow. Make sure this amount is enough for the desired effect. Immerse the figurine in water, tightly wrap the lid. Leave overnight - lid up. Then coat the junction of the lid with the jar with glue for complete waterproofing and attach a decorative ribbon to the lid. Ready!

There are ways to improve such a "snow sphere". For example, you can add small floating objects to the water, droplets of tinted oil to watch them move, you can change the color of the water with food coloring, use colorful glitter, and so on. This will allow you to create a thing that is one of a kind. The dimensions of the glass jar are also determined only by your imagination. Give yourself and children pleasure!

Luminous tree made of cans

In conclusion, let me offer you something special. Take a look at this extraordinary glass luminous Christmas tree! From the side it is almost impossible to guess what served as material for it. Of course, these are baby food jars again. To create such a miracle, parents will have to work hard, kids can’t do it. But the result is worth the effort.

So, we will need 33 jars with lids (113 g), 2 skeins of wire garland with gold stars, an electric garland with 35 small bulbs, a bottle of gold or silver paint (spray, you can find it in auto shops), glass glue, wire cutters, sharp knife.

First paint the outside of the caps. Leave them to dry. Glue the jars together, placing them as in the photo. Cut the wire garlands with stars into 33 fragments of 15-18 cm with wire cutters. Twist each piece of the garland into a ring so that it can freely enter the jar. Place one of these on the bottom of each jar. Unscrew the caps and make a large V-shaped incision on each with a knife (see photo). Carefully! Lids are now very sharp!

Replace all caps. Insert the first bulb of the garland through the hole in the lid into the topmost jar. Place the rest of the bulbs alternately, lacing the rows back and forth. When you get to the last row of the Christmas tree in front of the trunk, you will have to place 2 bulbs in 2 jars in order to get to the next empty cell. Now you can plug the garland into an outlet and admire what happened!


Anna Kurskaya (Emily)

Tell me p-please. I ordered two children. ticket -only today 20/12/01
1) not late
2) will 1 adult with children pass?
3) when to expect the courier approximately?

2001-12-20, feet

Wonderful! I just made a candlestick-jar with a snowman and a Christmas tree according to the description. I'm sitting here happy as a child. :-) To celebrate, I came up with Christmas trees from snowflakes. In the evening we will do all this beauty with my daughter.

2001-12-11, Mary Poppins

Great, but it's a pity that everything is made from jars, I would like to expand the list of improvised items for such nice little things a little more!!!

2003-12-27 hope

Oh, how cool! I myself terribly love all sorts of crafts from objects that "get in the way" at hand, but I would not have thought of this! Thanks for the ideas!

2001-11-22, Annie

Great tips, thanks!
I would like to see 9 on this site0045 some tips for making


Instead of water, I poured baby oil into the "snow hemisphere". Then the sparkles float slowly, as if the snowflakes are flying.

2005-12-14, Kroshka

Everything is very good, but unfortunately I am not able to do it, maybe by the approach of 2005 I will find waterproof glue? ;)

2004-11-07, Tramp

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Use of baby food jars / Homebodies

Where to put baby food jars? Kind of a shame in the trash. They are so pretty and good quality. Probably, many young mothers asked this question when the issue of taking out the garbage arose. You can understand.
Since it is obvious that such strong packaging can be used for other purposes. And for which, now we will tell!


Extra storage space

Of course, something big will not fit in such small jars. Therefore, it is better to focus on something small. Many craftswomen and just those who like to collect something can find great potential in these containers. Beads, elastic bands, hairpins, threads, buttons, decorative elements - all this is great for storing in such jars. In addition, thanks to the transparency of the glass, you can quickly find the right jar. And you don't need to sign anything.

Pencil and marker holder

Jars are also suitable as holders for pencils, crayons or markers. Due to their small size, they are perfect for both children and adults. And although in this case transparency does not really play into the hands of the style, this can be corrected with the help of painting.
For example, you can take several jars and use acrylic paints to give them a more cheerful look. The jar should be painted from the inside. This can be done with a brush, sponge or colored water. The latter can be done as follows: a little paint is poured into a jar, and then a little water. After the jar, you need to close and shake thoroughly for a while until the paint evenly covers the walls of the jar. At the end, open the jar and leave to dry, but do not forget to change its position from time to time - for even color.

Space for parts

As in the case of craftswomen, craftsmen can also find use for jars. After all, you need to store small parts somewhere for repairs. Nuts, bolts, nails and screws can be excellent filling for extra jars. Thanks to good lids, nothing can crumble, and the transparency of the glass will reduce the time it takes to find the next desired part.

Vases for flowers and seedlings

What to do if there is a small bouquet of daisies or lilies of the valley in the house, but there is no small vase? Of course, take a jar of baby food. It's perfect for a small vase. And if you decorate it with paints or other decorative elements, you get just a wonderful picture.

In addition to serving as a vase for flowers, it is also used as a container for seedlings. Or for growing herbs for cooking in the kitchen.

Decoration element

Of course, if the jar can be painted, then something else can be done with it. Lots of decor options. From decorating and gluing to re-decorating into polymer clay houses and turning into a New Year's toy.

In the latter case, you will need glitter, a decorative element (a small Christmas tree, a house, and so on), distilled water and glycerin.

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