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« on: July 09, 2006 04:17:13 PM »

I have a billion (ok, about 10) baby food jars that have been collected after many months of waitressing at not one, but two different restaurants (yes, at the same time).  I know I could something really crafty with them to take care of Christmas on my mother's side (6 aunts/uncles! yikes!).
The problem is, I can't think of a single thing to do to them...I'd hate to just paint the lids, because I can't paint...
Any ideas?  Undecided

« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2006 04:18:19 PM »

candles!!! they would be adorable.

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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2006 07:33:52 AM »

The above idea would be cute and add your own homemade label to them themed around each person that you're giving them to.
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2006 07:41:31 AM »

You could make one of those spice jar/notions/nails & screws racks by attaching the lids to the bottom of a pretty shelf and screwing the jars on from underneath.

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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2006 07:48:42 AM »

I saw a pattern in a magazine a few years ago (this is totally unhelpful because I can't remember which magazine, but I digress...) that used paper mache around baby food jars-- they made kind of an orb shape and made little snowman heads and little jack o lanterns and painted them and such.  Then they put a candle inside-- they were really cute!

« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2006 08:18:58 AM »

Here's what I used to do with them--when my oldest boy was little, we did a lot of crafts together:

I would take three different colors of acrylic paint, squirt a little of each into the jar, screw the lid back on tightly enough that no paint would get out, and hand them to my son to shake the color around the sides of the glass part. The results looked marbleized.

Then, I would take the lids off, and let the jars dry thoroughly. After they were dry, I would  hot glue a piece of ribbon around the threaded part of the jar to hide it, and then my son would glue whatever he wanted onto the ribbon with craft glue--sequins, beads, buttons, whatever was in the crafting box at the time. 

We filled them with potpourri, and he gave them to his grandmas and aunts for Xmas one year. I don't have any pictures of these, because he was about three or four when we made them, and he is almost fifteen now. I do have a couple of them packed away somewhere, but probably could not find them easily.

The marbleizing was easy, fast, and fun to do. Maybe you could try something like that? If you also painted the lids, they might be a cute way to present a tiny gift to someone...maybe a tiny pair of earrings wrapped in some tissue paper and hidden inside the painted jar? A gift inside of a gift! Cheesy

« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2006 10:08:12 AM »

thank you all soooo much!  i'm so glad i have you all to help me!  i'll probably end up using one if not more of these! Smiley Smiley Smiley

« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2006 10:18:24 AM »

If I am going to a baby shower for a friend that is having a girl, I usually make mommy/baby matching bracelets. I used my sons baby food jars for gift wrapping. I  paint the lids with that metal (the nickel color is my favorite) spray paint. Then around the jar part, i would wrap a 1 1/2 inch oragami paper, first, then a 1" paper sack colored paper around that, and then rafia to match the oragami (or scrapbook) paper. I fill the inside with glass marbles, or cellophane shreds, or something and then put the bracelets in there. It usually gets a great response. You know you never get tired of hearing, "You are so creative."

I also use them to store my buttons. I just paint the lids the colors of the buttons for added quirkiness.

« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2006 10:22:30 AM »

You give presents to your aunts and uncles? I don't even give to cousins...

« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2006 10:44:37 AM »

You give presents to your aunts and uncles? I don't even give to cousins...
well, only to one side of the family...its more of a family thing...the gifts we make will be given to each family.  (if that makes sense)  Undecided

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