Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Upcycled Baby Food Jars: Wood Vase & Candleholder

I love the versatility of this decoration I am about to show you!

It can be a vase, planter, candle holder, or a combination of these!  It is totally up to you. You can hang it inside, outside, and change up the size according to your preference.  It is so easy to personalize to fit your needs and space limitations...

Have I got you curious yet?! 


My husband and I used an old piece of distressed wood we already had, and attached nine baby food jars to the wood with clamps, then added two hooks to the top to hang it on our shed.

And I LOVE it!!

It is such a unique look, and I love that I am reusing an old piece of wood and baby food jars that would have gone into the trash!

The flowers give such a pretty pop of color to our shed, and the flowers can easily be changed out to include new cut flowers, planted flowers, soil and seeds, candles, etc. I'll show you some of these varieties later in the post.   Endless possibilities!!

Wanna' make your own?  Here are the easy directions...

Supplies:

  • Baby food jars (any size and amount that you want- I used five large and four medium jars)
  • Clamps (one per jar- I bought a bag of 10 at Home Depot in the plumbing section for around $10)
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Hammer
  • Metal punch (or screwdriver)
  • 2 Hooks (optional)
  • Jute, twine, etc. (optional- to hang the wood)
Directions:
1.  Brush the wood off with a wire brush to remove any dust and dirt.  With a hammer and a metal punch (or a screwdriver, if you don't have a punch), punch a hole in the metal clamp to make it easier for the screw to go through (you will be drilling it in step 3).  Make sure you place a piece of wood underneath the metal, and punch the opening on the opposite side of where the clamp tightens. This will be the spot where the clamp is screwed into the wood.

2.  Measure and mark where you would like the baby food jars to be placed on the wood.  Place a clamp on your marking, with the part that you punched touching the wood.  Drill the screw into the opening.  Repeat with all of the jars.  

3.  Place the jars inside each clamp, and tighten again so that the jars are nice and snug.

4.  To hang the decoration, you will need to mark where you want the two hooks to go on the top of the wood.  Drill a hole on each side that is deep enough for the hook to go through.  Twist each hook into the hole until it is tight.  String a piece of jute, twine, etc. through the hooks, knot each end, and hang with a nail wherever you would like.  

We hung ours outside to spruce up an old shed.  This would also look great on a patio, or inside the house. 

So now that you have made this little beauty, it's time for the fun part- filling the jars!!
So many options!  Here's what I came up with: 

Cut Fresh Flowers in Water on Top,
Potted Plants Growing on Bottom


We cut some geraniums and flowers from our yard and placed them in water on the top. Geraniums are great to put in the jars filled with water because the cuttings root in water.  Once they have grown some roots, you can plant them in the jars on the bottom in soil.  Once they grow even bigger, you can transfer them to bigger pots, cut some more trimmings, put them in the water, and keep the cycle going!!

The petunias we planted on the bottom fit in the larger baby food jars, but just barely.  The jars with soil in them are perfect for growing plants from seeds, or little seedlings.  Again, once they outgrow their containers, you just transfer them over into a bigger container.

Tea Light Candles on Top, 
Cut Fresh Flowers in Water on Bottom


I love the look of these tea lights in the jars, especially at night.  Make sure that you do not leave the candles lit unattended, and keep them out of the reach of children!!

Tea Light Candles on the Top and the Bottom

I also filled all of the jars with tea lights, and the effect was so pretty!  This would be a great decoration for a backyard barbecue or evening fire, or even for a little ambiance in your home.

As you can see, there are so many fun things you can do with this.  Get creative, and save those baby food jars!

Here are some other creative ideas I came up with for reusing baby food jars...




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XO, Laura

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34 comments :

  1. That is totally a great idea. I havent thought about that, i'm glad to have stumbled upon this post. Now, there's something for me to work on this weekend! Thanks!

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    1. You're welcome, Angel, so glad you found my blog! Come back and let me know how it goes making this!

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  2. I LOVE it! I have so many baby food jars. I actually got rid of a lot of them, but kept quite a few because I knew there would be a use for them. Thank you for sharing, pinning to my baby food jar, then checking out the rest of your ideas.

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    1. Awesome, thanks Theresa!! These jars are so fun to reuse!

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  3. SOOOO cute!!! wow! I'm trying to figure out if I can make this for my mom for mothers day, she would LOVE it... Pinning! I came over from TT & J. WOuld love for you to come and check out my blog. I host a tuesday link party that I would LOVE for you to join :o)
    emily @ www.nap-timecreations.com

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    1. You could definitely make this for your mom, I'm sure she'd love love it! Going to check out your blog now, and I'll be sure to link up on Tuesday. Thanks for the invitation!

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  4. Adorable!! I'd love to have you come and share at Super Saturday Show & Tell!! http://www.whatscookingwithruthie.com xoxo~ Ruthie

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    1. Thanks Ruthie, I just visited and shared at your party, thanks for the invitation!

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  5. Love this idea, I will definitely be trying it. Posted a link to this on my brand new blog Geek-A-Roo.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Glad you'll be making this, be sure to come back and let me know how it goes!

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  6. LOVE this! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

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  7. This is stunning! You are very talented and creative :) Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day.

    Hugs,
    Stephanie

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    1. Thank you Stephanie! I appreciate your nice comment :)

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  8. Very cute project! You could even go a bit further and give the jars a coat of color. :) This is a great "use up the stash" project.

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    1. Yes, a coat of color would look great! Thanks for the wonderful idea.

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  9. Found you over at Tip Junkie! I LOVE these jars! I'd love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out!
    Melanie Reasons To Skip The Housework

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    1. Thanks Melanie! Sure, I'll go join your link party now :) Thanks for the invitation.

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  10. i'm not certain how i linked over, but i'm so glad i did. i absolutely love this idea! pinned it so i can make it with my hubby!

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    1. Awesome, well I'm glad you found my project! Happy to hear that you're making this, be sure to come back and let me know how it goes!

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  11. Laura! LOVE, love this! So glad I came across your fabulous space! Would love for you to share at the party! xo bridgett

    http://www.osiemoats.com/2013/02/link-up-party-4.html

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    1. Thank you Bridgett! I appreciate it. I shared at your link party. What an adorable blog you have!!

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  12. Visiting from the Osie Moats Link up - I am a huge fan of gardening (and a relatively rookie gardner) and this summer I definitely want to tackle a project like this b.c I did one with tins last year and what a mess that was. Glass is how do I put it, less "rustic". This turned out really great!

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    1. I'm a rookie gardner, too, and this was really really easy and do-able. You should definitely give it a try! Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. Thank you sharing such a nice stuff. i am really impressed with the tricks used to hold these food jars. Marguez Sausage

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    1. Thank you Marguez! I had a lot of fun coming up with these projects :)

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  16. These are some attractive decoration ideas. Love the tea light jar idea.

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    1. Thanks Cosatto. I love how versatile this decoration is- you could put practically anything in the jars!!

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  17. Wow! This is a lovely project, Laura! Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial! Would love to have you visit me sometime.
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  18. Hi Laura! My daughter and I used your tutorial to make this project and are enjoying the fruit of our craftiness. Thanks for the easy instructions and the idea! I posted about our project on my blog and linked back to your tutorial. Just wanted you to know. :-)
    http://www.ahouseandyard.com/2013/07/make-bud-vase-votive-holder.html

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