She Dips A Baby Food Jar In Gold Paint. When I Saw Her Next Step - I Have To Do This
Tahlea Jankoski 3/2/2016
How fun it is to turn simple throw-aways into unique or purposeful items that add style to your life and surroundings. Here are some creative ideas to recycle baby food jars that typically get tossed.
Spices Need A Home
Do your spices get scattered, and you can't find what you need at the right moment? Try this clever idea from Davison Goons. Attach magnetic tape to the top of the lids, if you choose to have your spices collected on a metal surface. Decorate the baby jars with your favorite paper, fabric or ribbon, and finish with colorful round labels that stick to the glass bottoms.
A similar idea to the spice collection above, this storage plaque can add a touch of decorative detailing for those annoying items that are hard to keep organized.
Simple instructions at Oh How Crafty suggest painting the bottom of the baby jars before gluing to the plaque.
Painted-to-match wooden discs are glued over the nails or screws once the plaque is attached to the wall. This is the perfect placement for paperclips, q-tips, hairpins, and other small items.
Perhaps you have a sewing drawer filled with buttons, or maybe your hobbies involve nuts, bolts, or fish hooks. Regardless, it's often hard to manage a collection and still be able to easily access the items you need. Prime and paint the lids of the baby food jars to match, or use various colors if you prefer. This display can be added to any craft corner!
Sampling Made Simple
Being a creative person can have its downside, especially when it comes to redecorating. The downside? It takes forever to decide on colors! So, you may find yourself surrounded by paint samples from the store, but not quite ready for the decision-making process. What better way is there than to store the samples in jars with tight lids to keep the paint fresh?
Whenever a new box of matches is opened, it doesn't take long for the container to get mashed in a drawer, or start to fall apart from use. A baby food jar offers sturdy storage in an easy-to-see container. The top of the lid and jar can be decorated to your preference, but for added convenience, remember to glue the strike strip to the inside of the lid!
Remover In A Jar
Keep nail polish remover handy! Just take a new kitchen sponge and cut it into small pieces. Place the pieces into a baby food jar and drizzle polish remover until each piece is thoroughly soaked. Some remover will gather in the bottom. Be sure to use an acetone-free nail polish remover (far less drying to the cuticles than the acetone variety). Keep the lid on tight to prevent spills and evaporation.
Once these are decorated, there is little left to resemble a baby food jar. Old candles laying around the house can be repurposed into decorative tiny, votive-like candles. You can choose to leave the jars clear, or spray paint them before adding the liquid wax. Once the wax has hardened and cooled, get creative with paint and other embellishments. Instructions on how to make these can be seen here.
Spice It Up
Using FolkArt Cling Stencils and FolkArt Enamel Paint, decorative salt & pepper shakers can be created for your kitchen table. Carefully use a drill to place correctly-sized holes in the jar lids. These can be adorable gifts for family and friends. Instructions are at Dream a Little Bigger.
Perfectly Pink Pincushion
Well, it really doesn't have to be pink! Though, it seems perfect in this color. Whatever color is to your liking, this petite pincushion is easy to make and extra cute. Simply choose your fabric and sew with needle and thread around the edges. Then, fill with stuffing before you completely sew it together. The top is great for pins and the inside of the jar can house more pins, buttons, or whatever your heart desires...that will actually fit in the jar. Craft Pudding has complete instructions.
Perfect For Pansies
Aren't these delightful? Add bright spring colors by placing your favorite flowers in these upcycled jars. Twist double-strands of wire around the narrow neck of the jar, and attach additional wire strands as handles. Glue colorful ribbon around the width of the jar, and use narrow ribbon to hang the jars.
Baby Showers And Spring Flowers
Here's a great idea for baby showers, bridal showers, or spring and Easter celebrations.
Baby jars turn into flower vases
Instructions from Apples and Onions recommend using a shallow dish filled with latex paint color of your choice. Dip the jars with a thick coat of paint. Turn upside down to dry, and the paint can drip randomly.
No two alike
The result will be that each jar can have a slightly individual look. For added design, a delicate ribbon could be tied around the narrow part of the jar neck. White flowers are a great contrast to the jar's color. So fresh!
Lighting The Way
Baby food jars and battery-powered tea lights can serve as nightlights with a fun nautical theme. Complete instructions can be found at Crafts by Courtney.
Baby Food Jars With Plenty Of Style
To make these fun projects, hopefully, you know someone who has a lot of little tikes running around and is willing to negotiate their empty baby food jars. The organization and decorative possibilities do seem endless with these versatile glass jars! So be sure to collect as many as you can!