I just LOVE the newest baby food jars from Beech-nut! They have got the CUTEST shape.
And, when crafters see something like this, we know we can turn them into something amazing. 🙂 Even if I didn’t know WHAT I would do with these baby food jars at the time, I knew that I NEEDED them for something! So I started saving the Beech-nut baby food jars and came up with some pretty cute Christmas decor.
And, if you want to read about how Beech-nut makes their natural and organic baby food products, you can find that here. They have got some pretty incredible baby food combinations! Doesn’t a jar of pineapple, pear, and avocado sound marvelous? Or how about some guava, pear, and strawberry? It makes me want to buy one and eat it. Ha!
HOW I TURNED BABY FOOD JARS INTO CUTE CHRISTMAS DECOR
Here’s what you need:
used baby food jars
sisal trees (they’re available in several colors, too!)
batting or fiberfill
plaid fabric or plaid ribbon
Start by peeling off the label. I found that it did leave some sticky residue, and the best way I found to remove the sticky goo was by using vegetable oil. I put these through the dishwasher with their labels on, and I think it made it even harder to get the label off after it had been washed and dried. So, next time I think I would peel the label off first before running through the dishwasher.
No matter which way you do it, you’re going to have some stickiness you’re going to want to get rid of. Some prefer this product as their method to removing adhesives. It does have great reviews, which is a plus! If you want to use a product you probably already have in your pantry (like I did), try the vegetable oil method. I used vegetable oil and an old toothbrush, and with a little scrubbing was able to get all that goo off!
Now with our baby food jars all cleaned up, we’re ready to craft!
I started by cleaning my jars with some rubbing alcohol so I knew the surface was free of dust.
Then I took a small foam brush and applied some mod podge. I just eyed how much of the jar I wanted covered in glitter. If you want an exact straight line, just masking tape it off and then apply the mod podge. Or if you want to do stripes or something, you could do that!
I did a thin layer of mod podge. All you really need is enough to get the glitter to stick. I wanted the bottom of the jar covered in glitter, too, so I applied mod podge to the bottom as well.
Then I applied the glitter. Make sure you add your glitter before the mod podge starts to dry. I added the glitter right after I was done applying the mod podge. And with a project like this, you can easily customize it with a different color of glitter!
I let those dry upside down overnight. *tip–if you apply too much mod podge, when you put this upside down to dry, your glitter/mod podge will start slowly sliding down. And we know you wouldn’t want that! 🙂
Then, I put some batting/ fiberfill in my jars. I can’t really tell you how much you’ll want to put in. It’s just one of those things that you’ll have to see if it needs more or less. I took a little more batting and wrapped it around the bottom of my sisal tree and placed it in the jar. I found it was easier to wrap some around the tree before you placed it in the jar than trying to cover up the base of the tree once it was in the jar.
Then, I cut my plaid fabric in strips and wrapped it around the top of the jar and tied it in a bow! Any kind of ribbon would work just as well.
What’s so great about a project like this, is that you can totally customize it. Use different colored trees, different colored glitter, plaid or sparkly ribbon or twine . . . . so many different options to make this match whatever Christmas color scheme you want to match! Show us your creations!
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WOULDN’T THEY LOOK SO CUTE DISPLAYED ON THESE DIY PALLET SHELVES?
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