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! 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?
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.
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!
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.
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!