Being a new mom has been an exciting experience for me, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. However, not only has my home become overrun with toys and clutter, but it has also been buried beneath an enormous amount of formula containers and baby food jars! After throwing away about 20 of the formula canisters, I asked myself, “How can I reuse these?” I have always wanted to begin living the “green” lifestyle, but I have never seemed to find the time to recycle. From that day forward, I decided that I was going to find as many uses as I could for the empty formula canisters and baby food jars, and I have been very successful! Listed below, you will find easy ways to reuse your empty formula canisters and baby food jars.
1. Office Supplies Container
Ok, maybe this idea is a no-brainer, but I’ve surprised myself by how much time I save thanks to my office supply containers. No more paper-clip hunts!
2. Piggy Banks
I loved this project, and it was a hit at a recent party for my nephew! This definitely will be a project to try if you have children in elementary school. Use paint, construction paper, and glitter to jazz up the look of your piggy bank. I even made animals with Google eyes, and I let the mouths be the coin slots. The possibilities are endless with this project!
I love birdhouses, and I loved using the canisters for this project. I removed the label from the canister and I washed the plastic lid. Try to wipe out as much of the remaining formula as you can. Some canisters are made of cardboard, so don’t get them too wet. Now the fun begins! Paint the outside any color you want! Let your creativity shine! Poke two small holes in one side of the canister. String a piece of fishing line (or whatever type of string you prefer) through the holes and tie ends together. Once that is complete, cut a hole in the plastic lid, and secure the lid to the canister. Now all you need is a sturdy tree branch to hang it from! Pick one that you can reach easily for cleaning out the birdhouses.
4. Tooth Fairy Jars
This is an adorable idea for young children! This is a project that will put your baby food jars to good use. I found some shimmer paint at a craft store, and that’s what I used to paint the lids. I also bought some confetti to put in the jars with the tooth. At night, just place the jar on your child’s night stand, and the tooth fairy will find it for sure!
5. Party Favor Containers
For my daughter’s birthday party, I am going to use her baby food jars to hold M&Ms as well as other treats for the kids. The lids could be painted, but there is no need to paint the jars themselves. The bright colors of the candies will make the jars more appealing.
I hope these ideas have inspired new moms to save their old baby food jars and formula canisters and to let the crafting begin!