Upcycled Baby Food Jars (A Craft Project!)

It is currently 94 degrees at my sunny Virginia home, and I am inside wearing long sleeves and long pants, socks and shoes, because it is all I can do to keep from scratching at the excessive amount of mosquito bites I received over the weekend. Ahhhhh nature. Have any anti-itch remedies? I've heard that toothpaste works well, but you don't necessarily want to use it because of the flouride content getting into your bloodstream(which is the same reason you spit it out instead of swallowing it). I'm really looking forward to my husband coming home with some Benadryl. Thank God for modern medicine, and for not placing me on this earth 100+ years ago.

Yesterday afternoon I was feeling slightly more motivated than usual and decided to upcycle some baby food jars. Upcycling is a type of recycling that consists of turning something disposable (like used baby food jars) into something of higher value. I'm a huge fan of recycling and keeping the world a greener place, so most of our jars end up at the local recycling center, but baby food jars can be used for so many things! Yesterday I decided to upcycle and repurpose a few. Here's a fun and super easy project that can be done in minutes with a few simple items. A great project to do with kids, too!

The supply list:
  1. Mod Podge = the world's greatest all-in-one crafting glue. This stuff is genius and can be used for almost anything. The term "Mod Podge" stands for "Modern Decoupage" and this item should be an item on every crafter's list. I have used it on everything from wooden decoupage to sealing fully finished puzzles to be framed. A good sized jar retails for about $6-$8 and can be found most craft stores like Michael's.
  2. Baby food jars. Any jar will work really, depending on what size you like!
  3. A single piece of tissue paper. Any tissue paper will work. You can cut clean lines or, as I prefer, just rip random pieces and use whatever abstract pieces you come up with.
  4. Paintbrush for Mod Podge
  5. Curious kitty not required.
Basically all you do is paint some Mod Podge on the jar, lay down your tissue, and paint some Mod Podge over top! It's not rocket science so I can hardly take credit for this project.

Here are how mine turned out. Great for pens, pencils, spoons, buttons, paper clips, anything you want! Keep the lids and create a bank for your child, or fill with beans to create a musical shaker.


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