I love glass jars of any kind because you can reuse and repurpose them in so many different ways, and they’ll last forever.
My friend is a new mother and she’s been handing over all her empty baby food jars to me because they’re just so small and cute and I love them!
I knew I had to find something to do with them before my stockpile became unmanageable, so I thought I’d let you in on the wonderful ideas that I found.
- S’mores in a Jar
- Photo Globes
- Storage Plaque
- Paint Dipped Vases
- Dyed Luminaries
- Spice Jars
- Mini Rainbow Cakes
- Hanging Planter
- Under-the-Shelf Storage
- Topiary Treats
- Small Storage
- Lego Heads
- Mini Pincushion
- Nail Polish Remover Jar
- Sugar Scrub
- Chalkboard Paint Organizers
- Salt and Pepper Shakers
- Teacher’s Gift
- Snow Globes
- Kid’s Crafts Organizer
- Snowman Ornaments
- Hummingbird Feeder
S’mores in a Jar
Everyone loves s’mores right? This cute and tasty craft makes excellent gifts – you can hand over a few for people to warm up and toast in their ovens at home.
If you’re a real fan of this classic campfire treat, then you may enjoy this incredible s’more dip too!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – PharMa
These are sort of like snow globes, except you actually put photos in the jars instead of snowmen or Santas.
These would look so cute all resting on your mantelpiece, or they could make excellent Christmas gifts when the time finally comes around.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – DesignMom
When laid on their sides, these jars make excellent little storage compartments, so all you need to do is attach them to a plaque which you can then mount on the wall.
You can keep all your Q-tips, bobby pins, nail files etc. neat and tidy.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – OhHowCrafty
Paint Dipped Vases
Instead of having one large vase full of flowers, why not take a more modern and minimalist approach with a series of small paint dipped vases?
It’s such a simple thing to do, yet it can make such a big impact.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Apples&Onions and OhHappyDay
How gorgeous are these multicolored luminaries? They’d really brighten up your garden in the summer, especially if you’re having people over for a barbecue or just a nice evening out under the stars. There’s just something so magical about lights in the trees.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – InspiredByFamilia
These small jars are just the right size to store spices and make your kitchen look a little prettier.
You can either paint the jars and just stand them somewhere, or you can attach magnets to the lids and store them on the side of your fridge for easy access!
Mini Rainbow Cakes
I’m not quite sure why, but I just love eating treats out of jars. If you have a whole collection of these empty jars then you could use them to make these stunning little rainbow cakes – you’ll be happy about the portion size! They’re perfect for a kid’s party or even a baby shower.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – MakeLifeLovely
I am in love with this project! The planter looks so beautiful with the bursts of color from the flowers, and adding in some tea lights would create lovely lighting, too. It’s such a great idea, and luckily it’s not too difficult a task!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – MakeLifeLovely
Physical space is sometimes a bit of an issue when it comes to storage, which is why I am so in love with this idea!
The handy jars can hold all your little bits and bobs, and since they’re tucked away, hanging underneath the shelf, they won’t get in the way.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – CraftinessIsNotOptional
These jelly bean jars with charming little felt flowers are just so endearing! They make perfect little decorations for kitchen teas or parties, which double up to become party favors when the guests make their way home.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – SugarTotDesigns
These glass jars really make fantastic little storage solutions for any small items you may have from coins to hair clips to little sewing kits.
You can even use them to keep your jewelry safe when packing. All you need to do is make them look pretty and you’re good to go!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – LovelyEtc.
I can’t believe that I’ve never noticed that baby food jars have the exact same shape as Lego heads! What a revelation! I don’t even care what I store in these; I’m climbing up the Lego fandom ladder and making myself a whole population of these!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – HandmadeCharlotte and UniqueAndChicCreations
A baby food jar is just the right size for an adorable mini pincushion like this with space for little buttons. And it’s such a quick, easy and cheap craft to make – you’ll only need a couple of minutes. You can also make these with empty pill bottles.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – CraftPudding
Nail Polish Remover Jar
This little homemade contraption is wonderful for getting your nail polish off in a hurry. It’s really easy to make since all you need to do is shove some sponge into the jar and pour in the nail polish remover so that when the time comes, you can just rub each nail clean.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – BellaShoot
Sugar scrubs are fantastic because they help moisturize and soften your skin, and thanks to these little jars, you know have packaging for some soothing homemade body and lip sugar scrubs. Just make a nice label and you have the perfect gift!
Isn’t this just so creative? Someone had the clever idea of making a collection of candles in these little baby jars and it’s absolutely brilliant! You get to experiment with different scents, and you can play around with pretty decorations, too.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – DearBeautifulYou
Chalkboard Paint Organizers
You can store a whole lot of hair accessories (and other small items like craft supplies) in these little jars for some organized storage. And the chalkboard lids are genius, since you can reuse and relabel them over and over again.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – MapleMemories
Salt and Pepper Shakers
Don’t these just look so much better than regular salt and pepper shakers? You can decorate them however you wish, and you can even make a whole collection of interesting flavored salts too!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – DreamALittleBigger
If your little one really appreciates his or her teacher and wants to express that, then get them to help you make these cute little gifts. We all know the custom of giving a teacher an apple, but I think they’d much prefer an apple-looking jar filled with treats!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – The36thAvenue
One thing I’ve learnt is that it’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas decorations and presents. So you can get a head start and make these lovely little snow globes. I’d love a whole collection of different ones showcased on my windowsills.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – CraftaholicsAnonymous
Kid’s Crafts Organizer
Make sure that your little one keeps all their crayons, markers, pencils and other little crafts neat and tidy with this simple jar organizer. The color coding makes it easier to keep everything in its right place, and plus, it looks so cute!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – MonkeySee,MonkeyDo
I love holidays and I love decorating for the holidays, but I much prefer making my own themed ornaments as opposed to purchasing. These happy little jars-turned-snowmen are perfect for Christmastime, and you can get the little ones involved in this too.
Here’s another fun project that the kids can do – mini baby jar nightlights! The scraps of colored tissue paper give it a stained glass look actually; just imagine how gorgeous it would look to have a couple of these adding a soft, warm glow to your little one’s room.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – NothingButCountry
Hummingbirds are so lovely to look at and have around, and luckily, they’re quite easy to attract with just some sugar water. You can make your own homemade birdfeeder from some clay and a baby food jar, and you get to decorate it however you like.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – BirdsAndBlooms