Organize with Baby Food Jars

by Kelsey Norwood

in Making Over,Making Over

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My cupboards were absolutely overflowing with empty baby food jars, and I didn’t know what in the world I was going to do with them all. I love containers, and I couldn’t just throw away these perfect little jars! I also hate throwing things like this away because I feel like I should be recycling it instead. I wish we could recycle glass here in Utah – I feel so guilty every time I throw a jar away.

I tidied up my office supplies with my spice rack a few weeks ago and just last weekend decided to use my jars to organize a section of my craft room.  I discovered that the Gerber 3rd foods jars fit perfectly in an 8 1/2 x 11 drawer organizer (top picture).

Previously that drawer pictured on the left  was overflowing with little odds and ends, some in plastic bags, others scattered. I sorted everything and filled up my baby food jars with decorative rocks, word magnets, super glue, mini clothespins, jewelry making supplies, ribbons, walnut ink crystals, and art erasers.  As you can see, the drawer is the perfect size to fit 11 of those larger baby food jars.

I did this same thing with a second drawer in a little chest that I use for my sewing things. This drawer now holds my mini anorak snap tools, elastic, mini spools of thread, sewing machine needles, presser feet, and repair tools.

Now that my craft room is a little more organized, let the creative juices flow!


1 Joi April 23, 2008 at 5:36 am

That’s exactly how I always feel about glass containers – whether they’re baby food jars or the beautiful glass bottles used for a lot of the lotions at Bath & Body Works. It used to be a matter of not wanting to “waste” anything or throw something away that was so pretty, but now it’s a matter of wanting to do my part to protect the earth by reusing and recycling.

Also, as someone who’s daughters are all long out of the baby food stage (they’re into McDonald’s and Arby’s now!), I can say there’s somehting special about using containers that I know once held my babies food!

I guess it’s a Mommy thing, but it’s pretty sweet. – Joi

2 Stephanie April 28, 2008 at 7:14 pm

Great idea!

3 Loyalty Levels May 14, 2008 at 4:34 pm

Its a shame that in our modern times we have gravitated towards almost plastic only containers at the cost expense of glass ones
Now we find out the health problems that may be occurring due to chemicals leaching out of ” inert ” plastic. On top of that plastics cause a tremendous amount of trash that never goes away.
I guess that the same waste problem should of occurred with glass containers – but it never did. I guess glass can be crushed but my suspicion is that the glass containers were used elsewhere . I never came across complaints of too much crushed glass.
Here in Canada people used glass mason jars to pickle cucumbers etc for pickles. The problem became that although the glass company made and sold the glass mason bottles , the company that sold the rubber sealing rings ended production and sales of this product necessary for their utilitarian use.

4 Shantessa May 22, 2008 at 1:40 pm

I use and Collect Baby food jars too! I love using them

5 Shantessa May 22, 2008 at 1:41 pm

Thats sweet too wanting to hold on to them :)

6 Nancy Riley September 25, 2008 at 9:41 am

I’m doing a project that requires small baby food jars (Glass) with lids.
Anyone interested, I’d be happy to pay shipping…needed 2.5 oz and the round one a size larger. I’d take approximately 20 – 30 – mostly smaller ones needed.
My kids are all grown up, but not married and with no grandkids I have no source yet…

7 Leda December 7, 2008 at 7:57 pm

Hi Nancy,
I would be happy to send you what I have if you still need them. Please email me and let me know your address.

8 Tanya June 17, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Hi Nancy,

I have lots of baby food jars like you mentioned.
If interested let me know your address so I can ship it to you.

9 gina lopez June 19, 2009 at 8:16 pm

I have tons of jars. do you still want them? where do i send them? what are you making? i am in need of uses for all the jars i have saved.

10 Ranelle Cole July 7, 2009 at 9:51 pm

Hello – does anyone else have baby food jars they’re wanting to get rid of??? I need some for a Bible school craft. I need about 75 total, but I can maybe get a few from a lady in our church. THANKS SO MUCH!!!!

email: happyinthelord2day at yahoo dot com

11 Ranelle Cole July 7, 2009 at 9:54 pm

Do you still have jars? I’m looking for about 75 total (they’ll probably have to be from several different sources) for a Bible craft. THANKS in advance.

email: happyinthelord2day at yahoo dot com

12 Ranelle Cole July 7, 2009 at 9:54 pm

Do you still have jars? I’m looking for about 75 total (they’ll probably have to be from several different sources) for a Bible craft. THANKS in advance.

email: happyinthelord2day at yahoo dot com

13 Lisa July 12, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Have you tried freecycle? It is great to ask for free stuff online in your town.

14 Laura October 9, 2009 at 4:16 am

Another idea for baby food jars is to put tea light candles in them and tie wire around the tops and hang them from trees during a bbq or get together….adds a great ambiance.

15 cindy December 3, 2010 at 6:09 pm

does anyone need baby food jars I have a grocery sack full (3months) worth of mostly 2.5 oz to 4 oz jars. If you want to pay shipping I would love to ship for you.

16 Laura November 10, 2011 at 8:09 pm

If anyone still has baby food jars, glass size 2.5 or step two with lids, I am interested in them. please e-mail me at Put Baby food jars in the subject line. thank you!

17 Julie Jensen May 31, 2012 at 11:12 am

I am needing baby food jars for activities with our youth group. Please email me if you have some.

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