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Paint-dipped Baby Food Jars DIY

by Chiara Alberetti Milott

Anyone with a baby knows how quickly those glass baby food jars can fill up the recycling bin. This DIY is a pretty, fast and inexpensive way to decorate for a baby shower or a baby’s 1st birthday – simply by dipping the baby food jars into paint.


Materials needed: clean glass baby food jars (labels removed), paint, and a shallow bowl.

Step 1: Pour out some paint into the bowl – you don’t need much, maybe 1/2 cup or so.

Step 2: While holding the bowl on an angle, dip the jar in, and begin slowly turning the jar as it touches the paint.

Step 3: Sit the jars right-side up to dry. I let mine dry overnight. It’s important to let them dry right-side up first so that no paint drips in the wrong direction.

Step 4: Turn the jars over for a few more hours to let the bottom dry.

I think this would be lovely with all different colored dipped jars. You could even get adventurous and double-or triple-dip them to make stripes.

Fill with flowers or tea lights, and let the celebration begin!

All photos by Kate Mathis.

  1. Juliette Gold

    February 23, 2012

    Wow! This idea is is lovely! Thanks for posting it.

    Do you think it would work with regular acrylic paint?

  2. Anne

    February 23, 2012

    Excellent idea! I did this with white paint but I dipped the entire jar in – I like this half-painted look much better.


    ps found your idea on Pinterest.

  3. jess

    February 23, 2012

    i love the color combinations you used. this would make a very pretty easter brunch table as well! thanks for the inspiration… 🙂

  4. Amy

    February 23, 2012

    Love this! So simple and the flowers look divine.

  5. mandarinux

    February 23, 2012

    Excellent idea! the color is very beautiful. Thanks!

  6. chiara

    February 23, 2012

    Yes – I should have specified – I used acrylic paint. Thanks for your lovely comments!

  7. Katie

    February 23, 2012

    Wow! I love it! This is so ironic, because yesterday I was dreaming of my ideal baby shower decor. I’m not even having baby, but I’m storing this idea away for the future.

  8. Kate

    February 23, 2012

    Beautiful, I really love this colour too.

  9. Erin | Holtwood Hipster

    February 23, 2012

    All I can think about are these dipped in metallic gold. Love this up-cycle idea!

  10. Love it

    February 23, 2012

    I love it. Great easy way to make a beautiful object.

  11. H*

    February 23, 2012

    sooooooooooo beautiful!

  12. Mary

    February 23, 2012

    i’ve been saving a ton of these for something…this is a beautiful idea!

  13. Cecilia

    February 23, 2012

    i will definitely be doing this! i have a ton of baby food jars and a friend with a baby on the way. thanks for the idea!

  14. Emily Rae

    February 23, 2012

    I did a spray-paint ombre effect on a bunch of vases for my wedding. Dipping would have been faster!

  15. John

    February 23, 2012


  16. Rachel Root

    February 23, 2012

    So beautiful!! I’m so inspired every time! Thanks

  17. Sarah @

    February 23, 2012

    Ooooh I love functionality combined with pretty things. These are perfect for a shower. Or maybe even just decorating around the house for Easter. Super cool! Now I just need to buy baby food. (I made my food for my little one).

    – Sarah

  18. Seriously Sassy mama

    February 23, 2012

    I love this. I have so many old jars.

  19. Alexa

    February 23, 2012

    So creative! I’ve never seen such gorgeous baby food jars! 😉

  20. Kasia

    February 23, 2012

    Great idea! especially for mums:) Thanks!

  21. Dana

    February 23, 2012

    Great idea! Love your blog!

  22. FestivePartyGirl

    February 23, 2012

    This is an adorable idea. I love it for a baby shower or gender reveal party. I’m thinking even old vases or jars would be fun to experiment with too. Bring new life to things shoved in the back of the cupboard.

  23. kellychristine

    February 23, 2012

    i love every DIY you post. ;]

  24. Jaimie

    February 23, 2012

    So lovely. You are quickly becoming a fave blogger of mine. I have tons of these in a closet somewhere just waiting for a home. My husband thought I was nuts for keeping them. He’ll probably think I’m nuts when I do this too though!

  25. Victoria@VictoryPaper

    February 23, 2012

    I’m planning on spray painting mason jars for centerpieces at our wedding, I would have never thought of baby food jars for a shower though! Pinning this…right…now

  26. Zsa Zsa

    February 23, 2012

    Great idea. We are done with baby food jars but maybe now we have a lot of peanut butter jars.

  27. Pysselbolaget

    February 24, 2012

    Beautiful! Great idea and fantastic pictures! We are inspired!

  28. Tara

    February 24, 2012

  29. shutterbug

    February 24, 2012

    neat idea! I will have to try this! thanks!

  30. Sushiqueen

    February 25, 2012

    This is a good idea, I could paint my jam jar like
    This for Center piece for dinner garthering with

  31. Vanessa

    February 26, 2012

    I’ve done this with mason jars before but I love this idea! I’m loving anything mini lately!

  32. a&b

    February 26, 2012

    Brilliant idea! It’s almost a step up from just plan mason jars!

  33. Chloe

    February 28, 2012

    What a fantastic idea! Can’t wait to have a go myself!

  34. wtmontana

    March 2, 2012

    This is beautiful and so simply gorgeous! I’m thinking of doing this to a heap of old jars I have lying around so I can use them for storing makeup or makeup brushes in… as I so rarely have flowers in the house at this time 🙁 haha, loving this idea! Great post as usual. Your web design makes me so happy too 😉

  35. Carol Brewster

    March 4, 2012

    Great idea for shower favors!

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