Recycling's great, but upcycling is both fun and productive! Baby food pouches may be slowly overtaking traditional glass jars when it comes to lil ones' pureed food, but that doesn't mean the ubiquitous jars aren't taking up precious space on mama's countertop. Before dumping them in the recycle bin, check out some interesting ways the jars can live a second life — your counter and the environment will thank you!
It's never easy to keep kids' crafting supplies organized, but with color-coded spaces for crayons and markers  even little kids can help keep the supplies in order.
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What to do with all those buttons that come attached to your kids' clothes? Store them in baby food jars  and use this tutorial to create a cute pincushion on top!
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Picture frames come in all shapes and sizes, so why not convert your jars into frames? Just add your favorite photo , turn it upside down, and voilà!
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Baby food jars are the perfect size to display small flowers, like pansies, and this tutorial  shows how easy it is to convert the jars into minivases.
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Advent calendars have never been quite so eco-friendly! This upcycled advent calendar  uses baby food jars to hold lil surprises for the kids each day.
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After painting the lids with chalkboard paint and filling the jars with spices , baby food jars easily become part of a great-looking spice rack.
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Lego Storage Jars
Baby food jars can easily be converted into Lego mini figure heads  with some spray paint, a black Sharpie marker, and some creativity.
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For her twin boys' first birthday party, Mae Armstrong  gathered up her own empty jars, filled them with treats, and topped them off with cute labels and fabric for perfectly-sized jars of sweets that guests could take home.
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When your lil one's hair bands, clips, and barrettes are getting out of control, use the baby food jars to organize things .
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With the addition of some construction paper, a few pipe cleaners, and some googly eyes (or Oriental Trading's little bug kit ), baby food jars are easily transformed into bug-catching jars for just $13.
Babies love toys that make noise, so why not go basic and create a colorful rattle  for them? All you need is some dyed rice and some clean baby food jars.
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Fabric Tea Lights
You can never have too many votives laying around the house, and by adding some beautiful fabric  to the outside of the jar, those jars are instantly converted into beautiful candleholders.
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Jar Oil Lamps
Keep the night lit up for hours with oil lamps  made out of baby food jars. The process couldn't be any easier. All you need is oil, a wick, and a jar cover to make it work!
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Home Spa Gifts
Plan to make some homemade spa treatments for your friends this holiday season? Baby food jars are the perfect size for packaging the treatments , and they look perfect with an added label and colored lid.
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Hanging chandeliers are a beautiful addition to the backyard barbecue. With these instructions , you can easily convert your empty baby food jars into a piece of backyard art.
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Kids love playing with Play-Doh, and they love playing with multiple colors at once. Making several small batches in a rainbow of colors and placing them in the jars will keep them fresh .
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Tots love studying nature. With these pint-sized terrariums , they can get up close and personal with plants and dirt.
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For arts and crafts projects, you can never have enough containers to house your paint. Baby food jars allow you to pour just the right amount, so tots don't waste an entire bottle when they inevitably mix the colors.
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Snow globes always seem to invoke thoughts of Winter, but there's no reason they can't be used year round! Over on Design Mom, Gabrielle Blair has a fabulous (and easy-to-follow) tutorial  for creating these pint-sized snow globes!
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These baby shower babies , filled with sweet treats for guests to take home, a unique way to pay it forward once your baby food jars are empty!
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