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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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If you’re like me, and like to hoard empty baby food jars (what is it with those things?!) give these things to make with baby food jars a go! Finding things to do with jars that you’ve hoarded can be challenging, but these should have you set.   Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links.



Do you have loads of empty baby food jars lying around, waiting for the day when you’ll “find something to do with them”? They’re so cute and so hard to throw out because you just know that one day you will figure out something EPIC.


I kept baby food jars until I realized that there was less and less room in my cupboards for my actual dishes. At that point, I threw up my hands and realized that “one day” was NOW, unless I wanted to throw out all of the jars I’d painstakingly collected.



If you’re in the same boat as me, you are officially saved. I’ve compiled a list of things to make with baby food jars, ranging from crafts you can do with your kids for fun, and crafts you can do yourself to have something handy around the house.


I love crafting with the unconventional, and you’ll find that I’ve found plenty of things to make with beads (besides jewelry), things to make with felt scraps, rocks, old CDs, and more! Now it’s time to find some things to make with baby food jars – let’s go!



19 Things to Make with Baby Food Jars:

1. Fall Globes:


Celebrate Autumn with these beautiful Fall Globes that look like colorful leaves falling to the ground! Of course, you can go with good old snow globes too…



2. Glitter Baby Food Jars by Delicate Construction:

This gorgeous craft is quick and simple, and perfect for a party! You can scatter these outside at an evening BBQ for an instant upscaling, or if you’re hosting an event, group them on the tables at different heights.



3. DIY Mason Jar Night Light by The Modge Podge Rocks Blog:

This DIY Mason Jar Night Light could easily be made with a baby food jar. It’s fun to make and you can coordinate the colors to your different bedrooms! What kid wouldn’t love a night light like this?



4. Marker Storage Caddy:

I used many different sized jars to make this marker storage caddy, but I used the baby food jars for the smaller items. They’re great for organizing in general, but this caddy allows you to corral a few.



5. Easy Fall Snow Globe by Look We’re Learning:

This easy fall snow globe is a fun activity to do with your kids, and they’ll enjoy playing with it afterward! (Plus, it gives them a chance to be destructive and crush leaves – a win-win!)



6.   Baby Jar Topiary by Sugar Tot Designs:

This post comes with a felt flower tutorial to get that perfect round shape! These topiaries would be perfect for a baby shower or a kids’ birthday party.



7.Toddler-Painted Jars:

Back in the day when M refused to paint lest he get a single drop of paint on his hand, we tried this “neat” toddler painting activity and it was a huge hit! We turned the jars into tea light holders (using LED lights, since we’re not sure if the paint is flammable or not).



8. Spring Gardening Craft for Kids from Mom Vs. The Boys:

This spring craft is not only adorable, but it’s a perfect, quick way to teach kids about the process of growing plants.



9. Rainbow in a Jar by Flax & Twine:

This craft might be one that you’ll want to do outside, if possible, but boy will your kids have fun! If you seal them well enough, they’re beautiful windowsill or mantelpiece decorations. It’s also pretty cost-effective!



10. Hanukkah Menorah:

I made this Hanukkah Menorah a few years ago, and while it serves better as a table centerpiece than a functional Menorah, it is quite beautiful. It uses ten whole baby food jars!! So you’ll really purge your stash.



11. How to Tint Mason Jars by Hands On As We Grow:

This is a great craft to do with your kids that’s also decorative! You can use larger baby food jars for this craft to keep small bunches of flowers, or small ones to use as colored tea light holders. Either way, you’ll all enjoy this quick and simple project!



12. DIY Party Favors from Learn With Play At Home:

Debs at LWPAH used baby food jars to make these sweet party favors for a Very Hungry Caterpillar birthday party. You can decorate the jars however you’d like, the possibilities are endless!

Check out these Minion party favors too from Crafts by Courtney.



13. Desk Jar Organizers:

A friend made these desk organizers using a favorite (free) coloring page and baby food jars. Obviously, only the smaller ones are from baby food, but it’s still one of my favorite things to make with baby food jars!



14. Baby Food Jar Pincushion by The Life of Jennifer Dawn:

If you like to sew, this is the perfect craft for you. The pincushion with the jar underneath is so convenient for keeping buttons, as demonstrated, but you can also store needles, sewing chalk, and a tape measure!



15. Spring Flowers and Vases from Play and Learn Every Day:

This sweet little craft is great for doing with younger kids. You can make the flowers out of the cupcake holders and straws, or leave the vase as is and fill it with real flowers. Either way, your child will be so proud of themselves!



16. Jack O Lantern Tea Light Holders:

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as taking a pack of sharpies to some baby food jars! Turn them into Jack O Lantern faces and then add a tea light to light ’em up!



17. Kids Kitchen Xylophone Water Experiment by Sugar, Spice and Glitter:

Okay, this is more of an activity than a craft, but you and your child will really enjoy tapping the jars to hear the different sounds. Afterward, you can wash out the jars and make any of the above crafts!



18. Valentine’s Day Tealight by Red Ted Art:

You don’t need it to be Valentine’s Day to make this thoughtful gift for someone special! You can do this together with your children for a special grandmother, aunt or friend.


19. DIY Spice Rack :

I just had to add this one to finish this list of things to make with baby food jars! I upcycled my baby food jars into a spice rack that hangs from a magnetic strip. It adds a touch of whimsy to our kitchen and keeps all my spices uniform!


What are your favorite things to make with baby food jars? Share it in the comments!


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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.

  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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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Advice for the hostess

Marusya has everything on schedule: milk formula in the morning, fragrant porridge for lunch, vegetable puree with meat for lunch, fruit snack for afternoon mashed potatoes and cottage cheese, for dinner again a mixture. In a matter of weeks, our apartment was filled with dozens of jars. First, we arranged the supply of glass and metal elements to a neighbor. She gratefully accepted each new package. But a month ago she said: “Basta!” Say, I can’t master so many blanks. I did not find a can collection point near the house, no matter how I searched. But I found 17 ways to do with these banks.


Baby Sorter

This toy is perfect for a toddler to develop his logic skills. The bottom line is to lay out items in jars with suitable holes in the lid. The plastic top lid of a metal can of infant formula cuts perfectly. Accordingly, in it you can easily make a hole of the desired shape for various little things. The jar can be glued with beautiful paper, braided with ribbon or painted with paints, close the lid - and a great sorter is ready to use.

Children's thimbles

The game "thimbles" was invented for adults, in fact, usually there are no winners in it. But we will make children's thimbles with you, in which the rules are completely different. Tape or paint several baby formula jars in different colors. For example, in classic red, yellow and green. Take any toy that will fit into the hole and is not too heavy to move around.

Hide the toy under one of the jars, move it around the table several times and invite the child to guess where the surprise is. At first, let the child simply point to a specific jar, and then name the colors.

Bird feeder

Poke a round hole in the lid of the infant formula jar to allow a small bird to enter. On the side, make two holes, pass a rope through them and hang on a branch. Pour in food, close the lid and wait for the birds.

All-weather feeder, perfect for titmouse in winter. By the way, each jar can be painted in an original way and involve the baby in this business.


Beautiful paper, fabric, decorative stones, sequins will help you here - everything that your imagination allows. We decorate the baby formula jar to our taste and conveniently store all kinds of little things that are abundant in any family: buttons, pins, hooks, beads, etc. Needlewomen can even knit a beautiful case for jars.

Magic Lamp

Use a screwdriver to punch holes in the sides of the baby formula jars - a specific pattern, or names, or a heart - whatever you want. Place a candle-tablet inside the jar. Important: in this case, the jar should never be closed with a lid!


Pepper and salt shaker

Take two glass baby puree jars. Poke small holes in the lids. On the side of the jars stick labels "salt" or "pepper". Add seasonings and enjoy.

Gift box for homemade jam

How to make a little surprise for friends? Prepare for them jars for homemade jam. You will need glass containers for baby puree, beautiful fabric, beautiful labels and sweets made by yourself.

Towel & Tissue Organizer

You will need a few baby formula cans, a piece of plywood or a plastic tray, or even heavy cardboard. Paint all the details in the same color scheme or cover with self-adhesive wallpaper. Use a glue gun to attach the jars to the plywood base. Fix the base on the wall - you will get cells in which it is convenient to store hand towels or napkins for the kitchen.

Wine rack

Carefully remove the bottom of the infant formula jars. Sand with sandpaper so you don't cut yourself. Glue six jars together in a pyramid shape - three-two-one. Now you can store bottles in a prone position in each cell.

Pouch storage

Cut a rectangular hole in the plastic lid of the infant formula can. Place plastic bags in a jar. It will be convenient to pull out one piece through the hole. For beauty, the jar can be painted, pasted over, braided with ribbon or thread.


Advent Calendar

You will need 31 baby formula jars. Paint them white and number them. Every day the kid will open a new cell, receive a small gift or a task for the day. The lid can be decorated with sparkles, pasted over with a fabric with New Year's motifs, or simply with cotton wool that will imitate snow.


This time you need glass baby puree jars. Tie each of them with twine at the base of the neck. The walls can be decorated with rhinestones or painting. Insert a candle-tablet inside. Tie several cans together - the original street lamp is ready.

Space for screws

You will need a piece of plywood or a small board and glass puree jars. Make holes in the lids and use self-tapping screws to attach the lids to the base. Now everything is simple - hang the plywood or board in a convenient place, fill the jars with bolts, screw the jars to the lids and use. The organizer is very convenient for small things, because thanks to the glass you can see all the contents.



You will need glass puree jars, fantasy and tablet candles. With the help of fantasy, paints, glue, beads, sparkles and anything else, decorate the jars by removing the labels from them first. Inside - a candle, and everything is ready. And remember, there are never too many candlesticks!


Make a hole for a straw in the lids of the puree jars. Fill jars with lemonade, garnish with mint or lemon leaves. Screw on the lids and insert the tubes.

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