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Upcycle Baby Food Jars – DIY Spice Rack

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Check out this useful and space saving way to upcycle baby food jars! When my baby first started eating purees from the jars I threw them out. Then I got a big guilt trip and decided I should probably try to save them and use them. I figured they were a perfect fit for for spices. I did what all good moms do when looking for inspiration and started a Pinterest board. None of the spice rack ideas there were a good fit for my space (non-existent) so I decided to upcycle baby food jars to make my own kind of spice rack.

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Besides for being a great way to upcycle baby food jars, this is also an amazing space saver as it uses an area that is otherwise wasted and clears up some cabinet space. I also love that I can decide on my own how much spice is dispensed from each jar as I am making my own holes.


Upcycle Baby Food Jars – SUPPLIES NEEDED

  1.  A magnetic knife strip, or other sheet of strong magnet, fixed to the surface.spice rack5
  2. Empty baby food jars, cleaned and with labels removed (it’s okay if glue remains)upcycle baby food jars
  3. An awl
  4. Scrapbook paper
  5. Twine or ribbon (optional)
  6. Washi tape (optional)
  7. Spice labels (print this out in black and white or full color) – I’ve created these FREE printable spice jar labels special for this project. I’ve made a few with spices written on them – the rest are blank so you can customize it for you needs.
  8. E-6000 glue ( a great craft staple in general)
  9. Scissors, of course

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Upcycle Baby Food Jars – INSTRUCTIONS

  • Remove the cap from the jar and use the awl to make holes. Vary the hole size according to the spice – you can see how the original spice jar arranged it for that specific spice.upcycle baby food jars
  • Cut a strip of scrapbook paper to the desired width. Measure it around and trim the length. Glue on using a strip of e6000 at the end.spice rack7upcycled baby food jar
  • Cut out the spice label and glue that on as well.
  • Cut a piece of twine and tie as a ribbon around the neck (optional).spice rack1
  • I was disturbed by the text on the cap – it was ruining my design, so I covered it with some thin washi tape.upcycled baby food jars upcycle baby food jars
  • Fill and enjoy! When you place the jars on the rack, the surface covers the holes and prevents moisture from entering.upcycle baby food jars

Do you feed your child baby food from jars? Do you have any other ideas to upcycle baby food jars?

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  1. Menucha, this is a great idea! And I love that you stuck them to the underside of your cabinet with a magnetic strip. Great use of space and jars. No guilt trips for you! 😉 A similar use could be for screws, nuts, washers and small parts, which I have jammed into parts organizers because I don’t have a workshop. I would probably have 100 jars! Great post with strong images. Thanks!

  2. Oh my gosh! What a fab idea and a wonderful way of combining memories of your little ones and doing your bit for the environment! I love it especially the metal strip that keeps it in place – ingenious! 🙂

  3. Stop it! These are too precious and easy!!! I will definitely start collecting these from my new-mom friends! By the way, I adore the design of this space and will be checking back here often for more DIY genius. Keep it up! 🙂

  4. Awesome tutorial, I don’t have any baby food sized jars but I do tend to keep jars. I don’t know if there is any basis to my preference but I like to store baking ingredients (flour) etc in jars, I feel like glass keeps better vs plastic containers. I might start decorating them. I have some washi tape laying around somewhere.

  5. Upcycling has got to be one of my favourite pastimes! I don’t have baby food jars lying around, but I do have a ton of mason jars from a few summers ago, when I tried to make jam with a few friends. Maybe I’ll try it with the mason jars instead. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I didn’t want to throw ours out either and they are just collecting dust in a box. This us a great way to reuse those jars!

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