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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Baby Food Jar Recycling

Now that Mookie is eating lots of baby food, I have all these cute little jars sitting on my counters because I just can't bear to throw them away. So I've been looking for some fun ideas to recycle and reuse the jars. At the bottom of this post are some different tutorials from around the web, but first I wanted to share a little project I made last night.

Personalized Tea Light Holders

These are so super easy, and I had all the supplies on hand.

 You'll need:
small jar(s)
spray paint in desired color(s)
painter's tape
alphabet stickers
tea light candles

 First, put your stickers in the desire location on the jar. You could then paint the whole jar, or tape it off like I did so you just have one strip of paint in the middle.

Then spray jar with one or two coats of spray paint (thin coats - you don't want it to run & drip on the jar).

After it's very dry, remove tape and stickers. Super easy! If any paint got outside the lines under the tape, just scrape it w/ your fingernail.

I then put a little ribbon around the top and secured with double-sided tape (or you could use hot glue).
Insert tea light and you're done!
These would be fun for a luncheon or dinner party as place cards / favors.

Other Jar Ideas:

This is so adorable! I actually don't have a pin cushion, so this is definitely bookmarked in my "To Make" folder. Check out the tutorial at Craft Pudding.

These baby shower favors are so brilliant! They made their own cute labels to go on the jar - check it out at The Lacey Place.

I am totally in love with this Jar Light Strand by The Little Apartment. She painted the jars, then put them on a strand of lights. How do people think of this stuff? She also has a great Magnetic Spice Rack tutorial (also made from baby food jars).

Ashley at Make It and Love It made these sweet treat jars and has some great ideas & a tutorial here. Change the decor and candy a little and they would be great for any kind of party.

Rachel at Nest Full of Eggs made these cuties with a little chalkboard paint.

Rachel also made this super fun "I Spy Jar." This would be great for the Level 3 jars, and is a great way to use the many tiny toys you might find randomly lying around your house...I know it's not just me.

Finally, Janna and her daughter made these cute Teacher Vases. I love how she made a cute gift that also included a lot of hands-on involvement from the gift-giver.

Leave me a comment with other fun ideas for reusing jars!

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  1. This makes me want to have a baby JUST so I can get the baby food jars :)

  2. fabulous personalized tea light idea & thanks for sharing my jars :)

  3. Thanks for sharing! I found you thru whipperberry. I too have a lot of baby food jars thanks to my 6 month old.

  4. love those shower party favors (and not just because they're filled with m&m's!)-so cute! love your tea light holders too-what a cute gift and a great idea! we made tea light holders with our brownie group and covered the jar with tissue paper using white glue. girls loved it.

  5. Hi I'm visiting from Amanda's blog party. I love the tea light idea! I'm hosting a bridal shower for my little sister next month & this seems so simple to do for party favors. Now I just need to find someone with an abundance of jars as I have no wee ones. :-) Thanks for sharing & take care.

  6. Great repurposing! I kept jars for ages in hopes if doing something with them, but they ended up cluttering up my cabinets, so I had to toss them. :( I like the pincushion too. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Your jars are adorable ... and they'd be so cute as place cards, filled with a candle or some candy. Love it! And I love the light strand ... wish I had thought of that before my baby stopped eating baby food!

    Visiting from Serenity Now.

  8. I like the ideas, especially the "eye spy" jars. The idea of corralling the teeny tiny toys (instead of finding them in the baby's mouth) is brilliant :)

  9. These are wonderful! I would have gone through hundreds of these jars in the last few years and I never thought of something as cool as this! Thanks also for the links to the other great ideas
    Visiting from Whipperberry

  10. This is such a great idea !! Super cute !
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    We all like some following :)
    XOXO and come see me when you can

  11. very cute... LOVE repurposing old jars/tins... i reused some of the gerber stage 1 plastic containers for valentines day..

  12. Those are all such cute ideas! I have a whole cupboard FULL of baby food jars. Thanks for the tutorial!

  13. Oh my goodness! Thank you, I have been wondering what I should do with my baby jars. I have just started saving them since I knew there had to be something I could do with them. Love that baby shower idea! :)

  14. Wow! I LOVE the personalized tea lights! What a great idea!

  15. Now I wish I had kept all my left over jars! Love these ideas. Stopping by from Weekend Wrap Up!

  16. I LOVE this idea with the names on the jars. I'm going to do that for party favors for my son's birthday party and put all the kids names on them. Now, off to hopefully find babyfood jars! Thanks for sharing!!


  17. Thanks for sharing! they are beautiful.

  18. So cute! I had tons of these, wish I had seen something so cute sooner!

  19. These baby food jar ideas are great! Thanks for stopping by my funnel cake post. Each Wednesday I'm featuring lots of recipes from blogs all around. I'd love for you to swing by if you can.

  20. Coming at you from WBR @ Serenity Now. Totally bookmarking your post. I see a few on my {to-make} list now...