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50+ baby food jar crafts and creative ways to re-use baby food jars so you don’t have to put throw them in the trash.

If you’ve had a baby in recent years, there’s a good chance you’ve acquired quite a collection of baby food jars. Baby food jars ares so cute and chubby, and such a great size. If you’re like me, you find it hard to thrown them away. If that’s the case, your baby food jar collection could be growing at an alarming rate, and you’re probably looking for things to make with all of those jars.

Well, you’re in luck! One of my Facebook followers recently asked for ways that she could re-purpose her baby food jars, and the HH community responded with dozens of great crafts made with baby food jars along with practical ways to use baby food jars in and around the home.

I’ve gathered up their best suggestions and added a few of my own favourite uses for baby food jars, and I’ve come up with this long list of ideas for you.

From the craft room to the classroom to the bathroom and beyond, here are over 50 ways for you to use leftover baby food jars so you don’t have to toss them out.

50+ Baby Food Jar Crafts

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Ways to use baby food jars in the classroom or craft room:

  • Crayon Caddy: Paint several baby food jars and store co-ordinating, coloured crayons in them.
  • Fill baby food jars  with water, and set on the art table to rinse paint brushes in.
  • Give each student in the class a baby food jar filled with cream, and make homemade butter together.
  • Make a mini “ocean in a jar” in a baby food jar. Pretty on classroom window sill or fun to play with.
  • Soak dried out markers in baby food jars to make liquid watercolour paint.
  • Make and store homemade finger paint in baby food jars.
  • Baby food jars make great paint and glue pots at the easel. Lids keep them from drying out between uses.
  • Punch holes in the lids (with a nail) and use jars to store and dispense glitter.
  • Make I-Spy Jars in baby food jars.
  • Make  collection jars for the preschool classroom.
  • Fill with small amounts of water for syringe transfer work trays in preschool or kindergarten
  • Paint tall baby food jars with  food coloring, water and glue for a frosted look. Store pens, pencils and paintbrushes in them.

Things to make for kids with baby food jars:

  • Play dough jars:  fill several baby food jars with different colours of homemade play dough for a kids’  gift basket.
  • Set some baby food jars out in the rain and make this scented rain paint.
  • In the play kitchen: fill baby food jars with flour, rice, lentils etc. Glue the lids on, and kids can pretend-cook with them.
  • Bug Jars – wrap a pipe cleaner handle around the top, and go exploring in the yard.
  • Make these cute and quirky emoji jars for a kid’s dresser or desk.
  • Glue painted toy animals on baby food jar lids, use as party favours.
  • Fill with homemade slime or silly putty to put in loot bags.
  • Make a tooth fairy jar.
  • Teach kids how to manage their allowance with 3 tall baby food jars labeled SPEND, SAVE, BANK.
  • Make an advent or countdown calendar.
  • Fill baby food jars with layers of “coloured sand” (ground sidewalk chalk mixed with salt).
  • Use baby food jars to make mini lava-lamps.

Ways to re-use baby food jars in the kitchen:

  • Make magnetic spice jars to store on the refrigerator door
  • Organize your spice drawer with baby food jars.
  • Make Smore’s treats in baby food jars. Hand them out around the campfire or at a party.
  • Make a window-sill herb garden with baby food jars.
  • Fill baby food jars with condiments for camping or a bbq.
  • Sterilize jars and lids, and reuse baby food jars for homemade baby food. The serving sizes are perfect.

Gifts and party favours to make with baby food jars:

  • Baby food jars make great wedding favours. Decorate and place at each table setting.
  • These baby food jar lanterns were hung in a tree at an outdoor wedding.
  • Make Lego Head Jars as party favours for a Lego party.
  • Make mini calming jars for kids or co-workers
  • Make a wish jars or dream jars for your family and friends.
  • Give a gift of homemade bath salts or sugar scrub in a baby food jar.
  • Make these cupcakes in a jar to give to teachers, neighbours and friends.
  • Make a craft kit for a child by filling jars with pom poms, sequins, foam stickers, and beads.
  • Hot Cocoa in a baby food jar: layer hot chocolate, shaved chocolate and mini marshmallows in a jar. Cover the lid with a swatch of fabric tied with a ribbon.

Other ways to use baby food jars around the home and garden:

  • Store pony tail holders, Q-tips, and hair clips in baby food jars on the bathroom counter.
  • Make a spill proof nail-polish remover kit with a baby food jar.
  • Plant succulents in baby food jars to display on a porch or patio.
  • Hang these colourful baby food luminaries from a tree in your yard.
  • Baby food jars are great for storing seeds for the garden.
  • Make Photo Globes by placing your child’s photo inside a baby food jar.
  • Organize your spare change: each jar holds a different type of coin.
  • Use baby food jars to hold paper clips, thumb tacks etc. on a desk or in a drawer in an office.
  • Travel jewelry keeper for earrings and rings.
  • A Mini sewing kit in a baby food jar is great for travel or the office.
  • Fill baby food jars with Puffs, fishy crackers, Cheerios, nuts etc. Keep in the diaper bag for the kids.
  • Nail the lids of baby food jars to the underside of a shelf to store screws, nails and craft supplies.
  •  Store several baby wipes in a baby food jar and keep in your purse or diaper bag.

Baby food jar Christmas crafts:

  • Turn a baby food jar into a snowman Christmas tree ornament.
  • Make festive holiday votive candle holders.
  • Make sparkly tea light luminaries in baby food jars.
  • Baby food jars make great miniature  snow globes.
  • Make Reindeer food for Christmas Eve.

What if you STILL have leftover baby food jars?

If you have more baby food jars than you could possibly ever use, even after reviewing all of the ideas, please consider giving your collection to a teacher, a crafter or a daycare provider. Most will be happy to put your little glass jars to good use.

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Useful Tips

If you still have small jars of jam, baby food or something else, you should not put them in the pantry and even more so throw them away.

Of course, you can store something in such jars - spices, tea, coffee - and you can make interesting crafts out of them, and involve children in creative work.

Here are some interesting crafts that can be made from ordinary jars:

DIY flower pots and vases

Small jars can be used to make beautiful flower pots .

You can also make a flower vase. These buttercups were almost in bloom, so they decided to cut them off and put in the decorated water jar .

If wrap them with pretty paper , tie a string and add wish tag , then you can create a beautiful gift or bonus to the main gift .

See also: 20 easiest crafts for everyone

Vases from glass jars for the holiday

You will need:

- acrylic paint

- water

- flowers.

1. Pour some paint into the can.

2. Start turning the can a little so that the paint "draws" waves inside the can.

3. Lay the jars on their side and leave to dry overnight. Then turn the jars upside down and leave for a couple more hours for the jar to dry at the bottom.

* Different inks or inks of similar shades can be used.

* If you use a brush, you can draw patterns.

See also: DIY crafts for the home

Glass jar crafts: handy nail polish remover

You will need:


nail polish remover.

How to make a snow globe out of a glass jar

You will need:

- small jars with screw caps

- small artificial trees (maybe toys)

- degreaser (if necessary)

- spray paint or acrylic paint (optional)

- glycerin superglue


- glitter

1. Remove the label and wipe the jar with a degreaser. If there is no label on the jar, then just skip this step.

2. If desired, you can paint the lid of the jar in any color.

3. Apply a little superglue to the inside of the jar lid and to the bottom of the faux wood.

4. Leave to dry for 24 hours, then pour 1 teaspoon of glitter into a jar and fill with water, adding 5 drops of glycerin.

5. Close the lid tightly and turn the jar over (so that the tree is in the correct position).


See also: How to make a vase with your own hands

Beautiful pumpkin jars

You will need:

- acrylic paint

- glitter paint

- brushes.

1. Start painting the jars. It will take 2-3 coats of paint. If the theme is "Autumn" or "Halloween", then you can use orange paint (under the pumpkin).

2. When the paint is dry, apply a coat of glitter paint on top.

3. You can draw eyes and mouth on the jar with a brush and black paint.

* Fill the jar with sweets and you're done!

Jar craft: wax crayon organizer

You will need:

- round tray

- small jars

- spray paint (optional)

- glue (for glass or superglue)

- masking tape

- acrylic paint in different colors.

1. Put all the jars on the tray to see how much you can fit on it. Mark where each jar will be with a piece of masking tape.

2. If desired, you can paint the tray (directly with pieces of masking tape). To better paint it with spray paint, place the tray in a box (it will protect from the wind). It's best to paint outside.

3. Choose an acrylic paint for each jar. You only need to paint the inside of each jar.

To make it easier to paint the inside of the jar, you need to pour some paint inside, add a little water, close the lid and start turning the jar over so that all the paint spreads along the inner walls.

4. Turn the colored jars upside down (remove the lids) and place on a newspaper or paper towel to dry for about 1 hour.

5. Then turn each can on its side and begin to twist it so that the paint is evenly distributed along the sides of the can. The paint will need at least a day or even two days to dry.

6. Remove the masking tape from the tray, apply glue in its place and place a jar on each mark with glue.

The crayons, pencils and/or markers can now be sorted by color.

Chocolate snowmen in glass jars with screw cap

For one snowman you will need:

- 3 small clean jars (without labels) with screw caps

- hot chocolate

- small marshmallows optional)

- small twigs

- felt or a small piece of fabric (for a snowman scarf)

- embroidery thread

- decorations (in this example, star-shaped stickers)

- polymer clay (for nose) or plasticine

- small lollipops (for buttons and hats)

- little Santa Claus hat

- glass marker

- superglue or glue gun with hot glue

- secateurs or

scissors (to cut off small branches).

1. Fill one jar with marshmallows, another with chocolate or cocoa powder, and a third with small candies. Close covers.

2. Glue to the jar, which will act as the snowman's head, eyes and nose. You can use chocolate chips with icing, felt (brown and white for pupils) and superglue, polymer clay, plasticine, marker or acrylic paint - there are many options.

3. Use glue to attach small branches to the jar in the middle, which will act as the snowman's arms.

4. Glue one jar to another.

5. Cut out a scarf and gloves for the snowman from the felt.

5.1. Wrap the scarf around the snowman and secure with glue.

5.2. Take a small piece of embroidery thread and glue one mitten to each end. Hang the mittens on the snowman and secure them with glue.

6. You can add various decorations to the snowman: stars, stickers, glue pieces of felt, small hats, etc.

Crafts from cans: minions

You will need:

- small jars

- yellow paint

- toy eyes (they can also be made from plasticine or super marker or paints)

- draw on 9005 hot glue and cardboard 9006 glue.

1. Paint the jars yellow. You will need to apply 2-3 coats of paint.

2. After the paint has dried, cut a thin strip of black cardboard and glue it just above the middle of the jar, where the minion's eyes will be.

3. Glue the toy eyes onto the black stripe, or you can use plasticine instead of plastic eyes.

4. Draw a smile with a marker or acrylics and you're done!

Other bottles can be decorated in a similar way, but colored paper can be used instead of paint:

Decoration of glass jars for a house or cottage: candles on a branch

You will need:

- a large branch and a pot or tree in the garden

- decorative stones (you can try ordinary small stones)

- wire

- wire cutters

- small jars

- small candles (church) or artificial (battery operated).

1. Wrap one piece of wire around the neck of each jar. Leave more wire on the sides so that you can twist it and make loops for the future handle (see image).

2. Take another piece of wire and attach it to the loops of the first wire. This will make a handle so you can hang your lamp. Cut off the excess parts with pliers.

3. Pour some decorative stones into the jar.

4. Place your candles on the pebbles in the jar.

Now you can hang up your crafts and light the candles.

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children and adults make snowmen during the walk. These charming winter characters can be made at home from improvised materials. And they won't melt! In our selection there are several options for how to make snowmen for the New Year with your own hands.

Sock snowman

The very case when unpaired socks will come into play.

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Required materials and tools:

  • White sock
  • Red sock
  • Threads
  • Filler
  • Glue gun
  • Buttons or beads
  • Orange felt (for carrot nose)

Work process:

  1. Fill or insert filler into the sock.
  2. Tie tightly with string.
  3. Cut off the top of the sock.
  4. Using a thread, make 3 "balls" of the future snowman.
  5. Cut out a hat and scarf from a red sock.
  6. Twisted cone from orange felt. This will be the carrot nose.
  7. Glue to the snowman's head.
  8. Glue on the beaded eyes.

Baby food can snowman

A creative idea for moms whose closet is filled with empty baby food jars. Throwing away the hand does not rise ... And if you give them a new life?

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Materials and tools needed:

  • Baby food jars (with lids)
  • Fleece piece - for scarf and hat
  • Foamiran - for eyes and nose
  • Buttons — 2 pcs.

Work process:

  1. Glue two cans to their roofs with a hot glue gun.
  2. Cut out the fleece and glue the cap (removable).
  3. Cut out a scarf from fleece and glue it to the lid in a circle.
  4. Using a hole punch, make circles of foamiran with sparkles, cut out the nose.
  5. Glue circles and a spout to the jar.
  6. Glue on button eyes.
  7. Decorate the beanie.
  8. Fill jars with sweets.

Bath Bomb Snowman

Finding out in these cute snowmen a gift that can turn your bath into a SPA-salon is not easy. But creating such a bomb is easier than ever - even a child can do it! Our step-by-step instructions contain a detailed plan on how to make a bath pop, which, however, will also appeal to adults.

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Materials and tools needed:

(per bath bomb)

  • Soda - 1/2 cup
  • Olive oil (or any other) - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Citric acid - 2 tbsp. spoons
  • Paint
  • Double Ball Shape - 1 pc.

Work process:

  1. Mix baking soda with citric acid.
  2. Add olive oil. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Press into a ball mold.
  4. Leave to dry overnight.
  5. Color the snowman in the morning.

Paper snowman

One of the simplest master classes that will help you make a toy even for kids.

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Materials and tools needed:

  • White paper (white cardboard)
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Adhesive

Work process:

  • Draw a snowman and cut it out.
  • Draw a snowman hat and cut it out as well.
  • Glue the pieces together.
  • Paint a snowman.

Felt snowman

The pattern for this craft is very simple. It can be made by analogy with a paper snowman.

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Materials and tools needed:

  • White felt
  • Red thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors


  1. Cut out a snowman from felt (two to three balls).
  2. Sew around the edges with red thread.
  3. Make a loop. So you turn the craft into a Christmas tree toy.

Thread and glue snowman

But it takes a couple of days to make this craft.

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Required materials and tools:

  • White cotton thread
  • PVA glue
  • Water
  • Two balloons
  • Decoration parts (nose, mouth, eyes)

Work process:

  1. Dilute PVA glue with water and mix (proportion: 3 parts glue to 1 part water).
  2. Soak the threads in water for 30-60 seconds and wind them around the ball in random order.
  3. Leave to dry for 1-2 days.
  4. Prick the balls with a needle and remove.
  5. Decorate your snowman with eyes and a nose.

Decorate your house with your made snowmen, put them under the Christmas tree, give them to your friends in addition to the main gifts! Such crafts always cheer up and create a magical feeling of waiting for a New Year's miracle.

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