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Thursday, February 25, 2010

{baby food containers put to good use}




I just love finding ways to re-use and recycle. I also love containers, and finding new ways to keep organized. How adorable are these plastic baby food containers? They are such a perfect size, and be used for SO many things.
For me, I have been wanting a way to keep all my girls' hair things neat and organized. Because they have short hair, they mostly wear bows and flowers that are on clips, but we do have a collection of elastic hair bands, bobby pins, and other paraphernalia that needed their own place.
These containers are exactly right! I had considered using a plastic tackle box, or bead box, that have different compartments, but decided against it for several reasons.
First of all, I only use clear hair elastics, so I didn't really need to organize them by color. I was also worried that if the box spilled for some reason, I wouldn't just lose a few elastics, I would lose them all. These containers fit in the small stackable Rubbermaid drawers I have in my bathroom cupboards, and also in the plastic bins I have on the shelves. YAY!!

ITEMS YOU NEED:
  • plastic baby food containers
  • scrapbook paper
  • cardstock
  • distress ink
  • double stick tape
DIRECTIONS:
  • Print out desired labels on cardstock. Ink all edges.
  • Tape words onto coordinating cardstock. Ink all edges.
  • Tape matted words onto scrapbook paper. Ink all edges.
  • Tape onto the top of your plastic container.
SO easy!!



OTHER IDEAS:
  • Portable First Aid kit: bandaids, alcohol pad, safety pins, etc. Perfect for diaper bag or purse!
  • Store your extra Christmas bulbs, or other tiny Christmas or holiday items.
  • Desk storage: push pins, brads, paper clips, tacks, rubber bands, etc.
  • Tiny toys: Barbie shoes or accessories, small dress-up jewelry
  • Great for taking small items with you in your diaper bag or purse.
  • ***Reader tip...Perfect for storing tiny embellishments, brads, eyelets, etc. How fun to organize them by color, and then display! Thanks Jenn and Angela!

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16 Comments:

Blogger Country Dreaming said...

Very cute AND practical use for these!

Could also be used in a utility drawer.

Melinda

February 25, 2010 at 9:50 PM  
Blogger Stef said...

I giggled when I seen your post. I threw a baby food container away tonite & thought I need to find a reason to save a couple of those to reuse. Perfect idea! I will be saving some for bobby pins & hair elastics. Thanks!!

February 25, 2010 at 11:09 PM  
Blogger Jared and Shannon Allen Family said...

Perfect Ideas! I have ugly glass ones and maybe I could do the same thing. Although they wont be as cute. :) Thanks Kierste!

February 25, 2010 at 11:26 PM  
Blogger sharla@mylittlegems said...

Love it! Funny- I just got a fabulous idea for using baby food containers today- and I can't wait to try it and see if it works! :)

February 25, 2010 at 11:51 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Great idea! I have one eating baby food right now, so I will have to do that! Also, that would be great storage for little embellishments that I have!
Thanks for sharing!

February 25, 2010 at 11:56 PM  
Blogger Room Mom 101 said...

I love those little containers! I used them to store finger food snacks for my toddler in my purse so I had something on hand and the snacks didn't get smashed in the bottom of my bag. I love all your suggestions for them!

February 26, 2010 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger Mindy said...

Yes! I do this too. Now if only you can think of a good reason why I have been saving milk caps! lol Love it....

February 26, 2010 at 11:30 AM  
Blogger AngelaW said...

Kierste! Did you know that when Sam was a baby, I saved all of his baby food jars and created special labels for each to store all of my little eyelets and brads by color. I used to have them all displayed on a shelf. Now they are in a box, but I still love them. I also used formula cans to store fibers and stuff. I made cute gifts with the formula cans too. I am pretty sure our brains are some how linked together in this universe we live in.

February 26, 2010 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Thanks for the great idea! My sister usually just throws these out but I think I will have her save them for me to recycle into my craft station. I have this embellishment center on my wall http://www.michaels.com/online/product/DisplayEnlargedImage.jsp?imageName=sb0628.jpg and those small containers are the perfect size for all the little cubbies.

February 26, 2010 at 3:35 PM  
Blogger Crafty Girls Workshop said...

That is a great idea! Too bad I don't have any babies. I'll have to ask my friends about their baby food containers though. So I found you by accident from clicking a link off of The Girl Creative. I'm glad I found you. I'm a follower. I love crafty and creative things. Have you by any chance seen the French Pinic blog? They have a great linky group for crafty blogs and I bet yours would fit right in! I hope you don't mind my loong post and will stop by to say hi!

Anna

February 26, 2010 at 5:01 PM  
Blogger jenjen said...

What a great idea! I love that!!!!!

XOXO
Jen

February 27, 2010 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

my mom loved these containers for her sewing notions

February 27, 2010 at 6:17 PM  
Blogger Andy Porter said...

I CRAVE organization! I need some serious HELP! Thanks for the inspiration! I'm a follower now!

Andy
www.poppiesatplay.blogspot.com

March 2, 2010 at 5:08 PM  
Blogger jennifer said...

I love this idea! And I really love how you use distressing ink in so many of your projects. I love the color brown you use. Can you tell me what you use? Which is the best distressing ink to you? Thanks!

March 6, 2010 at 11:23 PM  
Blogger Swimmingmom said...

So smart! I've been wondering what I could do with them!!!!!

April 11, 2010 at 10:22 PM  
Blogger Abby said...

For those of us NOT buying baby food any longer.....or for anyone wanting some of these a little bit smaller....I just saw packs of 8 or 10 in the craft area at Dollar Tree! Not as good as free, but still super cheap and no waiting to collect a bunch! hth

August 18, 2011 at 11:42 AM  

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