Hip2Save This Holiday: Baby Food Jar Snowmen

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Hip2Save This Holiday Guest Post Submitted By Reader Kaylynn…

Ever since my one-year-old son started eating baby food, I’ve been saving the glass baby food jars… I just knew I could use them for something eventually! I saw an idea on Pinterest, and decided to give it a try. After a few weeks of working on this project a little at a time, I finally finished! I’m not generally a very crafty person, so I did have to purchase some of the supplies (glue gun, glue sticks, fabric), but I figured that I spent about $20 total and a few hours to make 25 super cute, homemade gifts. And if you already have some of these things on hand, it would be even cheaper!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Glass baby food jars and lids
Goo gone
Laundry detergent
Black duct tape
Black construction paper
Fabric for scarves
Black and orange sharpies
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Hot chocolate mix
Mini marshmallows

The longest part of this process (by far) was cleaning the labels off the baby food jars. I ended up using Goo Gone, and then laundry detergent to remove the Goo Gone residue. But there may be an easier way! After they were all clean, we filled them with hot chocolate, marshmallows (which I bought on sale with coupons!), and mints.

Then I drew on the faces and buttons and hot glued the jars together. I covered the edge of the lid with black duct tape and cut a bunch of circles out of black construction paper. I cut out the centers to tape on top of the lid and slipped the ring over the lid. (I’m sure you could do the hats many other ways though.) Then I cut strips out of the fabric and tied them around the neck for scarves. I’ve given away a few already and they absolutely LOVE them. And hot chocolate is the perfect gift for a cold, winter day!

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Comments 43

  1. Shannon

    That is ADORABLE!!!!!

  2. Jennifer C

    What a cute idea! Thank you for sharing it! πŸ™‚

  3. Amy

    These are so cute!

  4. Karen

    Those are freaking adorable. I never thought I’d be wishing for baby food jar days again lol

  5. mel

    On a totally different subject, I was going through my email and got one from Earthbound Farm that I won a reusable shopping bag from their giveaway! So stoked cuz I only entered 1 time!!

    • Rebecca Whitlock

      Me too!

  6. Amanda

    rubbing alcohol will take off the glue and residue

    • AG

      Soaking them in really hot water will also take off the labels. Just be sure to scrape at the glue while the jar is still warm from the water.

      • thecents2save

        I agree. I just purchased 9 jars for my sons school project and I soaked them in soapy water (used Dawn) for 3 hours. The labels literally fell right off. Super easy.

      • Heather C.

        Yep, was just going to suggest what AG did. It works like a charm! πŸ™‚

  7. Kate

    OK, I am totally inept with creativity!! I am really loving & impressed by these ideas today!!
    And, no, I haven’t ever been on Pinterest because I know it would just make me feel even more inadequate πŸ˜‰

  8. Sophie

    I love this idea. I am having twins in March and Im sure I will start to have some jars to do this next Christmas! Awesome job Kaylynn!!

    • AG

      Congrats and best wishes from one twin mom to another! πŸ™‚ My best advice…get them on the same schedule. You’ll never rest otherwise. πŸ˜‰

      • Sophie


      • Bridgette

        I agree with her…I too am a Twin Mommy

    • trash2cash4u

      I have 7 mth twin boys ( and a 4 yr old) and totally agree with AG. That was the best advice I received when I was pregnant. I am exclusively nursing and I would go crazy if I fed them at different times! lol

  9. Ashley


  10. Ann Dee

    I am SO making these for neighbor gifts next Christmas. That gives me a while to start collecting baby food jars….LOVE IT!!!!

    • jennifer e

      i was thinking the same thing!

  11. Bama

    If you put the jars in the oven, pull them out and using a hot pad to hold them, and wipe off the residue. It comes right off, of course remove the labels and clean first.

  12. Carrie S

    i just made these but i used felt for the hats πŸ™‚ Everyone loved them

  13. Stephanie

    Yay I have a bunch of Enfamil jars that were practically free and I love all these ideas. I’ll see what I can do with them!

  14. Jen

    Now I wish I’d saved those jars!

  15. Bologna

    magic eraser takes the sticky residue off. i love my magic eraser! It also took off some crusty food in the fridge that nothing else would remove including a knife scraping that didn’t even work .

  16. carrie96

    I just made these a few nights ago with a youth group at church. We painted the lids with black acrylic paint and used black cotton fabric for the hats. Just cut out circles and screwed them on under the lid. Very easy. These are so cute.

  17. mkw

    Try soaking in hot water. If goo remains, use a blow dryer to soften and it should come off. This worked with peanut butter jar labels. . . sorry if this has already been suggested. I’m too busy to read past comments.. . . gingerbread in the oven!

    • Debra

      Yummy! I want some! πŸ™‚

  18. cjs

    Super cute!

  19. Karina

    Those are adorable!

  20. Cindy

    Apparently Goo Gone is pretty smelly and toxic. The best and safest way to remove the sticky residue is baby oil. Yes, I did it for all my baby food jars in minutes…much quicker and safer. Love this idea!

  21. Danelle

    I tried hot glue to glue the lids but they keep breaking off. How do I get them to stay on? Why am I doing wrong?

  22. Jennifer

    We used e6000 to glue the jars together. Smelly but effective.

  23. Stephanie

    i use olive oil to remove glue from jar. and i soaked them in hot water dawn and a hint of bleach as a disinfectant and clean left over mess from oil. worked great!!!

  24. Janet

    You can made your own Goo Gone. Take vegetable oil, add baking soda until you have a paste. Then rub on glue. Can either use your fingers or rag. Wash afterwards to get residue off. No harsh smell.

  25. Cindy

    Do I hot glue the snowmen one on top of the other?

    • Janet

      I used hot glue and they all fell apart. So now I use liquid nails. Works wonderful

  26. Erica

    Acetone nail polish remover takes the glue off super fast πŸ™‚

  27. rmgales60

    What a cute idea. I’m adding your post to my Holiday Roundup. This is a great craft to make with kids and a great gift idea. Thanks for sharing.

  28. rmgales60

    This is adorable. Great craft to make with kids and a great gift idea. I’m adding your post to my Holiday Roundup. I’m sure my followers will love the idea too. Thanks for sharing.

  29. erica

    For easy cleaning of the glue on the jar. Make sure all the paper is off the glue, Rub some peanut butter over it,and let it sit. I usually let it sit a few hours(not sure how long it takes) while I do some housework. Wipe the pb off while running under hot water and the glue wipes right off!

  30. Jeni

    I used a razor blade to remove the residue from the labels and also the printed dates on the jars, easy and quick. You just have to be careful.

    • Jeni

      I also used pipe cleaners for the scarfs instead. Again quick and easy, and probably a little less expensive. I used those little bottles of craft paint instead of permanent marker and also used that to paint the lid for the hat.

  31. diane

    Make a great gift

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