Empty glass baby food jars, mothers of infants always have a ton of these. Some will recycled by environmentally conscious moms, however most empty baby food jars will end up in landfill somewhere. Only 12 percent of all glass products including baby food jars in the United States are recycled each year. Glass is made up of silica the same thing that makes up sand and even in the harshest environments it is extremely hard to break down. Our bones will probably have turned to dust before that empty jar of baby food we ate as an infant disintegrates. Recycling glass baby food jars is only part of the answer. A lot of energy and resources are expended in the making and recycling of glass jars. Reusing glass baby food jars and turning them into something useful is a great way to reduce their impact on the environment. To help you get started here are ten of my favorite things you make using empty glass baby food jars.
Ten Things You Can do With Empty Baby Food Jars
I buy a lot of dry spices in bags, however I always seem to have a problem keeping the bags securely closed so my spices will stay fresh. To combat this problem I started storing my spices once opened in glass baby food jars. I like that the jars have a lid that seals tightly to keep my spices at their best and they are easy to store and stack. To keep track of whats in each jar I attach a plain white label with the name of what spice is in the jar.
2. Pin Cushion
Need somewhere to keep your pins. needles and extra buttons for quick repairs? You can make a cute pincushion and button holder in minutes using a glass baby food jar. To make cover a piece of cotton batting roughly the size of the baby food jar lid with a circle of fabric. Hot glue the fabric circle edges together to keep the batting in place. Next hot glue the fabric covered cotton puff to the lid of the baby food jar using the hot glue gun. Once the puff is securely in place hot glue a piece of ribbon around the edge of the lid. to finish fill the jar with buttons or small spools of thread and screw the lid on.
3. Seasonal LED Tea Light Candle Holder
Baby food jars can be made into cute and inexpensive LED tea light candle holders in just minutes to make a Seasonal Te alight candle holder cut a piece of decorative fabric large enough to wrap around the glass baby food jar, secure with hot glue and add a battery operated LED Tea light. To tie your tea light candle holder into a particular season or holiday such as Halloween or fall use fabric that is printed with popular holiday images or seasonal colors.
4. Candy Holder
Make a cute container for small candies out of an empty baby food jar by filling the jar with your choice of small candy such as Red Hots,M&M’s , Skittles etc. Cut a 6 inch circle of colorful fabric and hot glue to the top of the jar lid. Screw the lid on the jar and place a 12 inch ribbon along the rim. To finish tie the ribbon in a bow.
5. Snowman Soup Containers
To make a cute container for “Snowman Soup” mix fill the bottom of a baby jar with hot cocoa mix, next add small marshmallows and end with a couple of candy kisses on top. Paint the lid white and paint on a cute snowman face. Once dry screw the lid on top of the jar and trim with a bow that has a small candy cane stuck through the center. Give with a copy of the “Snowman Soup” rhyme and you have a great little gift to give holiday visitors.
6. Sand Art
Baby jars make great containers for sand art crafts.To make this fun craft fill each jar with layers of colored sand until you reach the top of the jar.Place super glue on the rim of the jar and tighten the lid.
You can make a very pretty menorah to add to your Hanukkah celebration using glass baby food jars. To make a menorah hot glue 9 baby food jars on a 30 by 3 inch piece of wood that has been painted silver. Hot glue blue and silver gems randomly on each jar.Place a piece of clay inside each jar and insert a Hanukkah candle. Display on a table or mantle and light one candle each night during the festival of lights.
8. Storage Jars
A very simple use for glass baby food jars that requires no preparation or materials is to use them as storage in drawers for small items such as push pins, paper clips, rubber bands etc.
9. Baby Food Jar Air Freshener
Instead of buying expensive gel air fresheners which will add even more trash to our landfills make your own homemade air freshener using a glass baby food jar. To make dissolve six packs of gelatin in 1 1/2 cups of simmering distilled water. Once dissolved remove from the stove and add another 1 1/2 cups of room temperature distilled water. Next add 20 drops of essential oil in your choice of scent and a couple of drops of food coloring. Stir to mix all ingredients together. To finish pour in glass baby food jars and leave overnight in order for the gel to set. Covered with fabric and a nice ribbon these also make great gifts.
10. Jar Candle
To make inexpensive jar candles to use for emergencies or as part of your home decor, place a wick inside a glass baby food jar and fill with melted paraffin.Once filled allow to harden overnight before using.
These are just ten ideas of things you can do with empty glass baby food jars by using your imagination and thinking outside of the box I’m sure you can come up with many more ways you can reuse baby food jars. Don’t limit yourself just baby food jars though any type of glass jar can be given new life by reusing it in a new way.
Once you are finished with whatever you turned your empty glass baby food jar into remember to recycle!
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