Top 10 Uses for Empty Baby Food Jars

Tips-Pages-Graphic-10If you are like me then it can pain you to throw away containers that you think are in perfectly good condition. Some people may call it hoarding. But it’s not hoarding if you get some use out of it, right?

One thing that a lot of frugal moms tend to hold on to are empty baby food jars. You just KNEW that there had to be something you could do with the. But maybe you never figured out exactly what that is. Well, now you can have 10 some things to consider.

Party Favors
I think this idea is just plain old adorable. I attended a birthday party for my friend’s child last October. Her son was turning one and she had saved up some of his empty baby food jars and used them for her party favors.

She decorated each bottle like little monsters, using pipe rods and googly eyes to affix eyes, arms, and wings to the jars, and paint to decorate the actual  bottles. Inside she had pieces of candy (including the Halloween must-have – candy corn) and had them set out on the table for the guests.

Homemade Finger Paint
Instead of buying finger paint every time you run out, why not make your own? Simply mix three tablespoons of sugar, half a teaspoon of salt, half a cup of corn starch and two cups of water in a saucepan. Heat it until it thickens and then pour the mixture into a set of empty baby food jars. Add some food coloring to each jar to make the colors you want and let them cool.

Matching and Sorting
Baby food jars are a great tool for when you are teaching your child how to match and sort. You could simply have them place like objects into different jars. You could even paint the jars different colors or label them to show your child what goes where.

Spice Rubs
Do you consider yourself a culinary master when it comes to mixing up tasty spice concoctions? Perhaps everyone loves the homemade Mexican spice you use? Or maybe they go absolutely bananas over your secret recipe of spicy goodness? Why not make some in bulk, ration them out into nicely decorated baby food jars, and give them out as gifts around holidays?

Magnetic Spice Racks
Speaking of spices, you could also attach magnetic strips to the bottom of baby food jars, fill them with your favorite spices and hang them up on the fridge, the side of the oven, or on a magnetic board near your stove for easy retrieval. No more rummaging around in the cabinets for that one spice you need.

DIY Bubbles
To make some great homemade bubbles simply mix together one cup of water, 2 tablespoons of glycerin, and four tablespoons of dishwashing detergent. Twist a craft pipe cleaner into a wand and blow up some fun!

Indoor Gardening
Always wanted to have your own little garden of herbs and spices? Empty baby food jars can be the perfect little containers for you to use for an indoor gardening project.

Advent Calendar
To make a neat little advent calendar this Christmas season, glue 25 numbered baby food food jars to a tray and putting a little treat inside of each one. You can even glue them into the shape of a Christmas tree!

Snow Globe Activity
One cool winter activity is to help your kids make their very own snow globes. All you need are empty baby food jars, water, glycerin, and glitter. Simply fill the baby food jar with water, add glitter and a few drops of glycerin and give it a shake. If you can find small toys, you can use waterproof glue to secure them to the bottom of the jar before adding everything.

Air Freshener
If you like gel air fresheners, you can actually make your own at home. First heat 1.5 cups of water to a simmer. Add 6 packs of powdered gelatin and remove from heat once it is fully dissolved. Add 1.5 cups of water and stir. Add 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil. Pour into your baby food jars and let them sit overnight at room temperature. If you are giving them as gifts, wrap them in pretty tissue paper and tie with a ribbon. If not, you will have enough for every room in your house.

What ways do you reuse baby food containers?

 

 

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