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Crafts to Use Up Extra Baby Food Containers

By Edited Dec 4, 2013 0 0

We all know that babies eat a lot of food.  We also all know that baby toys can be very expensive.  So why not combine these two items to get rid of waste and spend less money? 

Every day I threw away more and more empty plastic baby food containers, and it felt like I was wasting them somehow.  Instead of throwing the containers away, I started washing them out and saving them.  After a good number had built up, I decided it was time to do something with them.  But, what could I do with them?

I could make toys! Instead of spending more money on toys that kids may or may not like more than the box those toys come in, these extra baby food containers can double as new toys.  In the end, this can save money and avoid waste.

Baby Rice Shakers

Supplies

  • Extra baby food container
  • Rice
  • Food coloring
  • Hot glue gun

Directions

  1. Fill the empty baby food container about halfway full of rice.
  2. Add 3-4 drops of any color of food coloring.  You can add more or less than this depending on how much color you want in your rice shaker.
  3. Line the rim of the baby food container with hot glue and put the lid back on.  Push down around the edges to make sure the glue has sealed shut all the way around.
  4. Shake the rice shaker to spread the food coloring throughout the rice.

You can continue this process to make as many shakers in as many colors as you would like.  This is a very cheap alternative to toy shakers that can be bought at a store, and yet children will like them just as much.

 

 

Rice in baby food container
Rice with food coloring

Snow Globes

Supplies

  • Extra baby food container
  • Small toy
  • Glitter or sequins
  • Water
  • Hot glue gun

Directions

  1. Start by securing your small toy to the bottom of the empty baby food container with hot glue.
  2. Add water to cover the toy and then fill with any kind of glitter or sequins that you choose.
  3. Line the rim of the baby food container with hot glue and put the lid back on.  You want to make sure that you get a thick ring of glue all the way around so that no water can leak out when it is finished.  Push down around the edges to make sure the glue has sealed shut all the way around. 
  4. Have fun shaking and watching the glitter settle back down.

Kids enjoy finding toys to make into these fun, miniature snow globes.

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