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Craft Ideas using Baby Food Jars



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Baby food jars are one of the most useful items for different craft projects. Because of their unique size, the jars are perfect for not only storing small trinkets but for creating some special home decor items and gifts. By reusing your baby food jars, you not only get the satisfaction of handcrafting a fun item, you also will feel good about helping save the environment by keeping the jars out of the landfills.

Snow Globes

One of the most popular craft projects for baby food jars is making snow globes. Once you get started with this project, you may end up with a small collection for a beautiful display. Choose a small object for your globe. Glue the object to the bottom of the jar's lid with a silicone sealant. Fill your jar with distilled water and a few drops of mineral oil, leaving some space so that the contents do not overflow when the lid is attached. Add your snow which can consist of confetti, sequins, or glitter. Crushed egg shells from a boiled egg also works well as snow. Remember to remove the membrane from the egg shell before adding to your water.

Attach your lid and observe your globe for the arrangement. Once you are satisfied with your globe, remove the lid and add silicone to the inside of the lid and re-attach to the jar. You are only limited by your imagination with this project. You can add food coloring to your water or different items depending upon your jar's theme. After you get the technique down, you can make larger globes with almost any glass jar found in your pantry.

Candles

Baby food jars are the perfect size to hold a small tea light candle. This works well especially at Halloween for those who like to place candles inside their jack-o-lanterns. These helps keep the candle from burning the inside of your pumpkin and will keep the candle from blowing out. The jars can also be used to hold candles in outdoor luminaries.

Shakers

By placing some small holes in the lids, baby food jars can become instant shakers for Parmesan cheese, baby powders, dried herbs, or even sequins and glitter for crafting projects. This is a great idea especially when children are creating their masterpieces.

Gifts

Baby food jars are the perfect containers for individuals who enjoy making homemade gift crafts. Since these jars come in different sizes, you can put together a gift basket filled with your homemade potpourri, bath salts, dried herbs, or a relaxing body scrub.

A simple body scrub recipe consists of 1/4 cup sea salt, 1/4 cup baby oil, and 1/2 teaspoon of almond or vanilla extract. Place the salt in one jar and the baby oil and extract in another. Before bath time, combine the ingredients from the two jars and use as an all-over body scrub that will exfoliate the skin. If you give this as a gift, include the instructions on a small gift card.

Storing

There are many storage uses for these great little jars. They can be used to hold beads, buttons, and small office supplies like tacks and paper clips. So that they don't take up a lot of space, you can attach the lid to the underside of a shelf and screw the jar into the lid so that the jar hangs under the shelf. This can even work in kitchen cabinets to hold your dried herbs.

If you like to make homemade bath salts or powders, you can store an extra supply in small jars. The lids can be decorated or painted to match your bathroom decor and displayed on a shelf. You can also put small holes in the lids so that the powder and/or salts can be used easily without removing the lids.

Moms with young children may find that their jar collection is becoming overwhelming. This is the time to share your jar stash with friends and neighbors or create small gifts for special occasions. If you have space to store your extra jars, than you know you will always have a supply for future use. Any Mom will tell you, it isn't long before the wee ones have stopped eating from the jar and are raiding the refrigerator which means your baby food jar supply will quickly end.

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