recycled baby food jars

Baby food jars are just too cute to throw in the recycling bin. I'm using some of mine for color-coordinated button storage, but I'd like to think of more uses.

It would be cute to fill the taller 6oz baby food jars with homemade lemon curd for holiday gifts. With a festive label and some ribbon, they would be a perfect little item to have on hand.

Oscar loves to play with the baby food jar lids. To make them a more interesting, I put some simple pictures inside. When he's older we can make it a matching game.


Would you like to play, too? Click here for the .pdf.Print two copies on cardstock or photo paper, cut out the circles, and press into the inside of (clean) baby food jar lids. It is a tight enough fit that no glue is required. For an older child, though, you could paint the lids a pretty color and glue the images to the inside for a longer lasting (and cuter) game.


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28 comments:

Mommy Mac said...

Superb thinking! I will have to tell my SIL about this. I made all of the boys' baby food so we never really had these lying around for such wonderful use!

We are addicted to oatmeal. I have been saving the paper cannisters with tops for an inventive, crafty game like this! I have lots of brainstormed ideas, but nothing solid just yet!

Thanks for the great share!!!

.mac :)

Jamie said...

I love the lid idea! I always held on to baby food jars too. They are so handy for so many things. Since my boys are older now I've taken to keeping the peanut butter jars!

Amber said...

What a great idea - I have zillions (seriously) of baby food jars that I keep stacking away, waiting for some genius inspiration to put them to good use. Lids are better than nothing!

Kama @ Today's Housewife said...

What a great idea with the lids! I have been looking for something to do with all the jars we have that I've been cleaning and keeping! Thanks!

Knick Knock said...

fantastic idea...I love recycled projects. I'm expecting my second child now so will put this in my 'to do' list.

Fer*Cambe said...

Send it to Rachel Ray, she has a Double-Duty segment and would absolutely adore this!

noellesumma said...

Punch slits in the top and make mini banks for spare change, one for each kind of coin.

Lyanna said...

My kids have used them to make homemade butter. Just get some real cream from the farmers market, put it into a clean jar, have them shake it until they have butter. They loved eating it the most, especially since they were just a little tired from shaking it so long :)

If you wanted to hang your button storage, you could screw the lids to a board and mount it lid side down, then your organization becomes somewhat of a display also.

I really like the lids game too!

robinsonsarewaiting said...

What great ideas! I wish I had kept Alex's jars - perhaps I should go buy some yummy fruit just to make that matching set!

Sadie's Mama said...

The baby food lid toys are genius! I have a baby girl who is a few weeks younger than Oscar and I am going to start saving the jars & lids immediately!

I love your blog -- you have been an inspiration to me to keep doing creative projects even after baby arrived.

--Katherine

Christina said...

I think my daughter (21 months) would ♥ this! Too bad I made her baby food and don't have any jars laying around. Maybe one of her cousins has jars. Thank you so much for sharing this matching game.

Christina Lowry said...

A friend pointed me in your direction as just this week I have been sorting my buttons into baby food jars as well! There is a pic on my blog. Great minds think alike!?

The game is super cute too... but I will have to finish sorting my buttons.... can't share the lids yet...

:)

Amy said...

Great game idea, so cute.

I used baby food jars at my wedding reception hanging from the trees with tea light candles in them... it was so pretty, looked like the trees were twinkling!

Just Susan said...

Hi,
Great idea. I have a small christmas tree made from my daughter's baby food jars. Glue them together, poke holes in the lids big enough to put the wire through for the mini set of lights and put a light in each bottle. Then decorate the bottles with Christmas stuff. great keepsake. I enjoy your blog. ~Susan

Amanda Y said...

I have just started using my hoarded supply to store little art supplies, google eyes, pom pom's, chalk for the chalkboard. I plan to paint the lids solid colors and tie bows around the necks so they look nice all on a shelf.

Elizabeth said...

I love your lids. Here's another idea:

http://www.ohdeedoh.com/ohdeedoh/how-to/reusing-baby-food-jars-090600

Kinzie Sue said...

I did the same thing with my huge stash of baby food jars. Something to make the jars even better is spray painting the lids a fun color. Check out what I did: http://kinzieskreations.blogspot.com/2009/03/thrifty-storage.html

Lenetta @ Nettacow said...

I actually sold my 4 oz jars on ebay! I posted about it here. I didn't make much, but at least I didn't throw them away - we can't recycle them in our area.

babblingbrooke said...

I made cute labels that matched my sisters black, white and hot pink wedding colors and placed them on baby food jars filled with home made exfoliant. I topped them with pieces of black and white fabric (like a mason jar filled with jam). They were the party favors at her shower. They were a big hit!

The Domestic Contessa said...

I love this idea! What a great use for those old jar lids. We've gone through so many jars of baby food over the past several months, I only wish I had found your post sooner! Keep the great ideas coming!

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Anonymous said...

To re-use the jars without their lids, fill them with potpourri or "smell gel" from the craft store and cover with a paper (or cloth) doily so the fragrance can breathe; wrap a bit of pretty ribbon around the neck to secure the doily over the opening and voila! A nice room freshener.

Paige said...

You are so creative! What a great idea.

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Ella and Liliana said...

Cute! We used our jars to fill with sweets as party favors for our daughter's first birthday. I made a cute wrapper to go around the glass, another to top the lid, and then tied a ribbon around the top. They were a hit.

Candice said...

Your project's been Candoodled! I love it. So I've shared it...
http://candoodles.blogspot.com/2012/06/repurpose-baby-food-jar-craziness.html

jason said...

what a great idea...fro now on we will not through them away..it looks so good and shinny..thanks again for sharing that with us


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Jamie said...

Baby food jars are a great way to keep a small amount of paint ready for those toddler touch-ups, too! Like when they bump your wall with their ride-on/walker toys or practice their artwork on the walls... :)