A new baby in the house has brought an abundance of joy, sleepless nights and baby food jars. The joy will remain, sleepless nights shall pass, but what to do with all those petite glass jars with lids that are left behind after Baby eats? Glad you asked! There are several useful objects and decorative items that can be created with baby food jars to help keep them out of the landfill and bring a smile to a tired grandmother’s face.
Sweet Gift Idea
A baby food jar holds just about the right amount of a sweet treat for a child or someone watching their weight. The air tight lid also creates a perfect package for creating and sharing a sweet gift with someone you love. Wash and air dry the jar thoroughly. Paint lids or apply decorative paper if desired. Fill jar with colorful candies like M&Ms, Skittles or red hots and dole out at treat time to the grandkids or hand out as party favors after a child’s birthday party. Tie a pretty ribbon around the jar and pass out the sweet gifts for a variety of special occasions.
Keep matches dry in your backpack or tent when you go camping by storing them in a baby food jar. Matches are often needed for outdoor chores, so instead of coming in the house to retrieve matches, keep a jar stored in the storage shed for easy access.
Buttons, snaps, screws, bolts and a hundred other tiny crafting and hardware supplies can be easily stored and viewed in a glass baby food jar.
Teach pre-schoolers how to sort, count and save change by creating a small piggy bank for each coin denomination. Make s slit in the lid and use a marker to write the coin amount on the lid for each jar. Have one for pennies, one for nickels, another for dimes and so forth. Give the pre-schooler change from time to time so she can put it into her change holders and see the differences in coin color and size. When the jars are full, treat her to a shopping trip so she can begin to learn about spending money.
Portable Salad Dressing
Use baby food jars to take along a portion-size amount of salad dressing to top your lunch salad or to dip your snack-time raw veggies into. If the jar doesn’t find its way back home at the end of the day, there’s plenty more where it came from.