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Old 05-25-2004, 05:12 AM   #1
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Does anyone have any ideas for baby food jars? I have a ton of them and just can't throw them out. Thank you!!
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Old 05-25-2004, 05:49 AM   #2
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I attended a workshop once where we embossed directly on the glass with VersaMark and embossing powder. After you've decorated the jar, you can turn it into a gel air freshener - here are the directions:

Recycled baby-food jars can be made into air fresheners that make great hostess or shower gifts.

1. Heat 1 cup of distilled water.
2. Add four packages unflavored gelatin.
3. Stir until dissolved.
4. Remove from heat and add 1 cup of cool distilled water.
5. Add 10 to 20 drops of scented oil.
6. Add a few drops of food coloring (optional).
7. Let the mixture cool, then pour it into clean baby-food jars.
8. Let gel set overnight.

We just did this project at my MOPS group and they were a big hit.

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Old 05-25-2004, 06:14 AM   #3
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Thanks Yvette. That is a great idea.
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Old 05-26-2004, 02:43 AM   #4
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Default Air Freshener

That is a great idea! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I can't wait to try it!
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Old 05-26-2004, 05:49 AM   #5
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Default baby food jars aka journals or thought jars

I have used these jars as a journal or thought jar. After decorating any way you wish you add strips with questions on them. Idea to pick one out for thought for the day or answer question to fill a journal. grammie
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Old 06-13-2004, 11:07 AM   #6
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Default embossing on jars?

I know this section is old, but I just found it.
You can emboss right on the babyfood jars? Doesn't it peel off? Sometimes I have trouble with it peeling off of vellum. I would assume glass would have the same problem.

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NSR...I've used them for a friend's baby shower that I hosted & put baby blue tealights in the baby jars & lined them around the flower centerpiece at the table.
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Old 06-13-2004, 02:39 PM   #8
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I have painted the jars orange with acrylic paint and then stamped a black pumpkin face on it. Then I tied green rafia around the mouth of the jar. It is a cute tea light holder. You can also paint the jars white and stamp a ghost face.
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Default baby food jars

Well the air freshener jars and other ideas are GREAT ! This gets saved for the later incoming supply of jars!! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 06-13-2004, 04:57 PM   #10
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Here is another idea for all the quilters out there... Pin Cushons. You can stamp your Baby Jar any way you want it... Put some pillow stuffing and/or batting on top of the lid, and cover with some fabric (this is your pin cushon). Trim it with ribbon. Inside the jar, you can put all the extra pins you have.

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The ladies at SCS have thought of everything!!
I was going to post this exact question, and instead did a SEARCH for "baby food jars"... Low and behold here are my answers right away, love the scented jar and pin cushion ideas- Fantastic ways to use the left over jars that I can't bear to part with because they're so gosh darn cute and must be useful for somethin'
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Old 08-01-2004, 06:05 AM   #12
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They're also used for storing screws, nails and other misc hardware kind of stuff. You nail the lid into a board which is mounted on a wall, then whenever you need to get a nail, etc. you just unscrew that particular jar. The same system could be used for small craft items too.
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Old 08-06-2004, 07:46 AM   #13
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Default I Made The Air Fresheners From The Recipe and Instructions

here and they turned out great!!!!!
I would suggest though, practicing a few times on the jars with your versamark and embossing powders as it does take a bit of practice.
The recipe was very easy to make and worked like a charm too.
My guests were VERY impressed!!
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Since I have been blessed with 3 !! grandbabies in the last 2 years, I have lots of baby food jars. Here's a list of what I have done with them. I store left over glitter in them. When the colors get mixed, you get new colors out of them. Do the same with embossing powders and glitter. I keep one full of heat and stick, 1 with black embossing powder, 1 with white, and 1 with clear. Just grab the jar and go . Makes it easy to transport. I dont like the tiny jars that SU uses. I Usually buy 3 or 4 and then make my jars up. I also keep one full of bleach, one full of water, for quick use. That way I dont have to leave the craft table when I am inspired. I have some full of little circles etc, from the small thumb punches. THey are easy to see and get to for a last minute addition to my project at hand. Hope this gives you some good ideas. Also you can wrap the jar with embossed mulberry paper for those tea light holders.
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Old 08-11-2004, 12:05 PM   #15
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Default baby food jars as air fresheners

this sounds so great, that I really would like to give it a try. However I am worried that they might attract ants and/or bugs due to the gelatine.

Does anybody have experience with these? Please share! I would love to make them for my customers, but would hate to hear that because of me now they have bugs in their homes

Thanks in advance!

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I've never had a problem with the gelatin and bugs, but you do have to be careful b/c they can mold if shut before completely hardened. Also, I know some people put just a pinch of salt in the liquid to help prevent that. I have made these several times (several years ago) as inexpensive gifts for various groups and have used them in my house as well.

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Hi Ladies,
I love all these great ideas for the baby food jars. But I have just started taking care of a baby & her food now comes in those small rectangle plastic comtainers with lids on them. Does anyone have any ideas for those?
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and we did them up at a cottage. In the heart of bug country. lol
There's no sugar in them, so there really isn't any attraction for the bugs as far as I can see. It's the plain, unsweetened clear gelatin.
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I helped a friend with making gifts for a wedding shower. We used small jars bought from a craft store but, you could easily use these jars in the same way.

Bath salts jar:

1. wheel design across 8.5 inch edge of paper. Continue to roll design as close as you can until the paper is filled up.

2. chalk, color, or decorate your design however you want.

3. Cut design area into strips.

4. Tape/ glue strip around jar and trim excess. Overlap slightly when taping ends down/ together.

5. Punch circle from CS to cover baby food name. Attach.

6. Fill with bath salts. Replace lid tightly.

7. Attach, tie ribbon/ fiber around edge of lid. (You can attach a tag with a cute verse appropriate for the situation).
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We use them for sand art. Remember those terrariums from the 70's and jars of colorfully layered sand? Well, we like to create our own.

I put colored sand in a sour cream containers, give the kiddies spoons and let them go to town. We also use toothpicks or skewers (with the tips broken off) to make peaks and valleys in the designs. THis is a good activitiy for kids of all ages and motor skill levels. My 7 yr old and 3 yr old love to do this. Be sure to fill the jar to the top or movement will mix up the design. A friend suggested pouring melted parafin over the top of the completed artwork to prevent "design mix up", but I have yet to try that tip out. Sounds like a good idea to me. BTW,we always do this activity outside. I don't like to sweep sand up (for days and days and days).
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I have lots of the small baby food rectangular plastic containers with lids. They are great for storing micro beads. The lids stay on and they are easy to stack and you can see your bead colors at a glance. Obviously they can be used for other small crafting items--eyelets, brads, etc. I look forward to buying baby food now!
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When I am finished painting a room I always pour a bit of left over paint into a larger baby food jar. I always mark the paint color, #, brand and where purchase on a label. THis way I have enough for a quick touch up and I can get rid of the rest. Saves me from having to store a large paint can.
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