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Baby Food Jars: Crafts, Ideas, and Projects

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This is one of those article ideas that came to me while I was browsing Pinterest researching other article topics. I came across enough baby food jar ideas without even looking to know that there was great potential for an article. My further research did not disappoint. There are a number of simple storage solutions out there as well as more involved craft projects. Many of these ideas are kid friendly and make great gifts for just about any occasion. Additionally, make of these projects are ideal for parties, showers, weddings, and more.

I have included as many baby jar specific tutorials and ideas as I could find. I have also included a number of other jar projects that can be easily customized for baby food jar sizes.

One of the tutorials I found recommends using Doom bug spray for stubborn jar labels that leave a lot of sticky residue. If you have this problem with any of your jars, give it a try.

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Spice Storage

One of the most popular options for baby food jars is spice storage. If you are looking for a uniform, compact way to store your spices, you may want to give this a try. Popular methods for labeling the jars include chalk board paint and sticky labels (i.e. address labels). Baby food jars will fit in a variety of spice racks and other kitchen storage areas, such as drawers. Keep in mind that it's ideal to have jars that are all the same size for this storage option. Additionally, some people choose to attach magnets to the bottoms of the jars and then stick them on the side of the fridge.


Small Craft Supply Storage: Buttons, Thread, Etc.

Another popular storage option for baby food jars is craft supply storage. Most tutorials involve refinishing or repurposing a shelf that will hold the jars or finding a place to attach the lids under a shelf. You may want to label your jars, but unless they will be in a drawer where you can only see the tops, most likely this is not a necessity.


Desk/Office Supply Storage

You can use any of the spice and craft supply storage suggestions above to store your small desk and office supplies. The under shelf storage is a great solution for smaller work areas that don't have a lot of drawers and/or desk space. If you do have drawers or shelf space to store the jars, you can still use one or more of the labeling or organizing suggestions.



If you are need of a new pincushion or are brainstorming a unique gift for a crafty friend, a baby jar pincushion is an inexpensive, easy option. Most likely you will have the majority of the materials that you need at home already and can acquire the rest at any sewing store. Keep in mind that you will be gluing the top of jar shut so the buttons or other items of your choosing in the bottle are for décor purposes only.

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Cupcake Holders

Instead of serving cupcakes from a platter or packaging them up for gifts in little baggies, you can put them in little jars. This is sure to wow the recipients at any function. Cupcakes in jars are perfect for birthdays, baby showers, and wedding showers. They could even make a fun way to serve dessert for a wedding if you want to have cupcakes instead of a traditional cake. Don't feel limited to the cupcake recipes in these tutorials.


Candle Holders/Lighting

There are a variety of baby jar candle/lighting projects from simple votive holders to large chandeliers. Some tutorials involve placing votives in the jars while others involve pouring wax. If you don't have experience with making candles, make sure to read all of the wax directions carefully. You can create festive décor for an outdoor garden party or wedding reception or you can get ambitious and construct a new permanent light fixture for your living room or dining room.



Baby food jars are an excellent size for little planters. Use them grow small indoor plants, start outdoor plants, or create vases for centerpieces or other table decorations.


Treat Jars

Baby food jars are a nice size to fill with little treats for just about any occasion. I found the most ideas for Halloween, but don't feel limited to this. You can customize your jars any way that you like. Use them as a way to serve treats at the party or have guests take home little party favor goodies.

Do it yourself wedding favor decorations for candy jars!