Reusing plastic baby food containers and glass baby food jars is a good way to teach young ones the importance of recycling. Crafters of all ages can create projects with baby food jars. You can create many of these crafts at home or in a classroom to give as gifts.
Plastic baby food containers are just the right size for storing buttons, tacks, pins and other small items. Remove all the labels and wash and dry the containers. Cover the containers with a light layer of decoupage glue and wrap them with colorful material. To easily find what you are looking for, label the outside of each container with foam letters.
Jelly Bean Rabbit
A glass baby food jar rabbit is a suitable project for the spring or around the Easter holiday. Start with a clean and label-free baby food jar. Spray paint the lid white and allow it to dry. Apply another coat of paint if needed. Fill the jar with jelly beans. Screw the lid on and turn the jar upside down so the painted lid is on a flat work surface. Cut two pieces of white craft foam to create rabbit ears. Place two small beads of hot glue on top of the jar and gently press the flat end of the ears into it. Cut out two pieces of pink craft foam slightly smaller than the white pieces and glue to the white foam. Glue two googly eyes to the front of the jar. Just below the eyes, glue one small pink pompom on top of two larger white pompoms for the nose. Cut two black pipe cleaners into three pieces and glue them alongside the nose for whiskers.
A glass baby food jar snowman is a good project to create during the winter months. Wash and dry three baby food jars and completely remove all labels and glue. With the lids tightly attached to the jars, paint the jars and lids at least twice with white paint. Allow them to dry. Place one jar on a flat surface with the lid facing up. Apply a generous amount of hot glue to the lid and set another jar on it, lid side down. Place hot glue on the glass bottom of the top jar and place the last jar on top so the lid is facing down. Allow the glue to cool. Hot glue two black buttons to the middle jar and one black button to the bottom jar. Glue a small top hat, available at craft stores, to the top of the jar. Glue two googly eyes to the top jar. Cut out and glue an orange felt carrot nose and at least six small square pieces of black felt for a coal mouth. Cut out a 1/2-by-8-inch piece of material and tie it between the first and second jars for a scarf.
Plastic baby food containers are good for growing herbs. Thoroughly clean and remove all labels and glue from the containers. Discard the lids. Fill the containers with potting soil and place the seeds in the soil. Set the containers in a sunny window and water as needed.
Handmade candles take on a new look each time you light them. Thoroughly clean and dry a baby food jar, removing all labels and glue. Place a candlewick with a metal disk bottom inside the jar. Attach a clothespin to the wick and lay it across the top of the jar to keep the wick in place. Spoon several different colors of crystal wax inside the jar and lightly tap the jar as you fill. Once the jar is full, remove the clothespin and clip the wick to the desired length.
Freshen the air with repurposed glass baby food jars and plastic baby food containers. Cover a clean container with a thin layer of decoupage glue. Apply a variety of colorful and different sized buttons. When the glue is completely dry, fill the jar with potpourri. Place a lacy paper doily on top of the jar and tie a colorful piece of ribbon around the edge to keep the doily in place.
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