When I was a kid going to vacation bible school, we would use empty baby food jars to make different crafts from. As far as craft projects are concerned, I have seen sand art, candles, and various other arts and craft projects made using baby food jars. These arts and craft projects are usually made during vacation bible school and kindergarten classes, girl and boy scout troops to earn their badges, and various other children’s groups.
With many people having babies, there are often an overflow of empty baby food jars. Many parents of babies eating baby food from the jars find ways to use them while others don’t.
Then after I had my daughter, my parents and in-laws, would ask for the empty baby food jars. At the time, I wasn’t sure as to why, until one day stopping at my in-laws with more empty baby food jars, my father-in-law told me why he wanted them. He was using the baby food jars for storage of nails, nuts, bolts, and screws in their garages. Later, I found out my dad was doing the same thing, but my mom used a few of them for storage inside the house. Some people use them for storage of craft items like jewelry beads, needles and pins, buttons, and various other small objects.
Others use the baby food jars to store sugar, salt, pepper, flour or other kitchen food items in when they go camping. Baby food jars are great items to use for small portions of other food items leftover from meals that will be eaten in the next day or so as well.
There is always some use for those small jars after your baby has depleted the food in them. Bath salt gift jars can also be made using the baby food gift jars. By using the smaller jars on this gift project, you can give a wider variety of bath salts for gifts.
The baby food jars are also another good way to send extra goodies back to college with your students. Such goodies can include single serving puddings, trail mix, hair care products in a pinch, skin care products in a pinch, and various other needs for dorm rooms and college students.
Other Candle Making How to Articles
The following articles by other Associated Content Producers on making candles can also help you create a variety of candles for personal use and as gifts.
Homemade Candle Making Made Easy by Sabah Karimi – In her article, Sabah explains how and why candle making can be fun. She also provides a way to melt paraffin wax for your candles.
Candle Making 101: Using the Right Wick by Ross Scott – In Ross’ article, he explains the importance of using the right wicks for different types of candles.
Candle Making 101 – Adding Color to Your Candles by Sarah Copeland – Sarah explains how to use the different types of wax dye to add color to your candles. By adding the colors, as suggested in this article, you can create a multitude of accented baby food jar candles.
There are quite a few more articles on candle making here at Associated Content. These are just three I chose to help you with your candle making endeavor. I would suggest at least reading these three to help you with the melting of your wax, wick placement, and adding color to your candles.
Materials Needed for the Baby Food Jar Candle
Baby Food Jars. The smallest or largest size of glass baby food jars will work. If you also have the glass baby food juice jars, you can use those as well. NOTE: DO NOT use the plastic baby food jars and bottles for this craft project. The hot wax will cause those jars to melt. You can save the lids if you wish for a candle cover. You can decorate the lids in any manner.
Paraffin or candle wax. You will need either of these items to make your candles in your baby food jars.
Wicks. The wicks will be needed to make the candles burn.
Wick Holding Gum. You will need this to hold the wick in place in the bottom of the jar. You can use these two items to make different colors and scents for your homemade candles.
Double boiler or other wax melting tools. It is best to melt your wax on the stove top and not in your microwave. As melting the wax in the microwave makes for a dangerous situation when handling and pouring.
Metal Ladle. This will be used to pour the wax into the baby food jars.
Chop sticks or pencil. This will be used to hold the wick upright during the cooling process of the candle.
Cookie Sheet or Pizza Pan. Use either of these items to sit the jars on while filling them with the wax.
Heat Resistant Glove. The heat resistant glove is for your protection during the pouring of the wax. By using one of these gloves, it will prevent any burns from any of the drips from the wax on your hand.
Directions for Making the Baby Food Jar Candles
I am going to suggest using Sabah Karimi’s directions for melting the wax for this project.
You will want to add the wick before starting the wax pouring process. You will want the wick to be at least a couple inches longer than the jar is tall in order to wrap it around the pencil or chop stick.
Once you have the wax melted and any coloring or scents mixed in, slowly ladle the wax into the jars. Make sure you have the heat resistant glove on the hand you are touching the jar with to avoid burns.
Let the candles cools until they are hard and cold. This will allow the wick to stay in place when you cut the excess wick and pencil away.
If you have the lids, decorate the outside of the lids only. Do not place anything where the lids would screw back onto the jars. This will allow you to decorate them for gifts if you wish to do so. Also the lids will help keep the dust out of the candles when not in use.
As I mentioned, you can give these little candles as gifts for Christmas, birthdays, or Mother’s Day. You can also sell them at arts and craft shows if you have an excess of baby food jars for a return on the items used to make them and for a little extra spending cash.
Coloring and Scents (Optional).