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Merriment Design:: Chalkboard lids for baby food jars free DIY tutorial and pattern template craft project by Kathy Beymer at MerrimentDesign.com

Elise is eating solid foods now so I’ve entered the Land of Frozen and Leftover Baby Food. With my brain still set on ‘sleep deprived,’ I put my chalkboard obsession to good use with these recycled, reusable baby food jar lids to help me track it all.

Merriment Design:: Chalkboard lids for baby food jars free DIY tutorial and pattern template craft project by Kathy Beymer at MerrimentDesign.com

Hooray for re-writable lids and Chalk Ink food-safe non-toxic washable markers! They not only help me remember when I opened or defrosted food like so…

Merriment Design:: Chalkboard lids for baby food jars free DIY tutorial and pattern template craft project by Kathy Beymer at MerrimentDesign.com

…but also when I made fresh purees like these apricots.

Merriment Design:: Chalkboard lids for baby food jars free DIY tutorial and pattern template craft project by Kathy Beymer at MerrimentDesign.com

As an aspirational minimalist I feel good about recycling and reusing all those empty baby food jars. I sent a set of chalkboard lids to my friend Liz and baby Kaya, and her boyfriend Jason liked the idea so much he spray painted all the lids in his woodworking studio to keep track of nails and screws and such.

Merriment Design:: Chalkboard lids for baby food jars free DIY tutorial and pattern template craft project by Kathy Beymer at MerrimentDesign.com

As a bonus to this free DIY craft, I’m passing along a simple, fast method for steaming and pureeing fruits in collaboration with my good friend Heather from YumUniverse – ‘the’ place for plant-based tasty recipes. A raw and vegan food wiz, Heather came over to make baby food with me for Elise.

And if you still have a mountain of jars and lids left, here are more ideas to reuse baby food jars and lids from DIY Guides.

WANNA MAKE IT? Free step-by-step tutorial instructions and supply list for making my DIY chalkboard lids for baby food jars craft project –>

Merriment Design :: Chalkboard lids for baby food jars free DIY tutorial and pattern template craft project by Kathy Beymer at MerrimentDesign.com Merriment Design :: Chalkboard lids for baby food jars free DIY tutorial and pattern template craft project by Kathy Beymer at MerrimentDesign.com Merriment Design :: Chalkboard lids for baby food jars free DIY tutorial and pattern template craft project by Kathy Beymer at MerrimentDesign.com
Merriment Design :: Chalkboard lids for baby food jars free DIY tutorial and pattern template craft project by Kathy Beymer at MerrimentDesign.com Merriment Design :: Chalkboard lids for baby food jars free DIY tutorial and pattern template craft project by Kathy Beymer at MerrimentDesign.com Merriment Design :: Chalkboard lids for baby food jars free DIY tutorial and pattern template craft project by Kathy Beymer at MerrimentDesign.com

Supplies for re-writable chalkboard baby food jar lids:

Please post a comment if you use this project so I can smile when I see that it’s being used. Craft and pass it on!

Making Chalkboard Baby Food Lids
Cut or rip one side of the box to make a three-sided spraying booth. Put double stick tape on the bottom box and place lids on top – this will keep them from blowing around while using spray paint.

Merriment Design:: Chalkboard lids for baby food jars free DIY tutorial and pattern template craft project by Kathy Beymer at MerrimentDesign.com

Carefully spray very fine coats of chalkboard spray paint…

Merriment Design:: Chalkboard lids for baby food jars free DIY tutorial and pattern template craft project by Kathy Beymer at MerrimentDesign.com

…building up layers as you go. Be sure to avoid spraying the *inside* of the lids.

Merriment Design:: Chalkboard lids for baby food jars free DIY tutorial and pattern template craft project by Kathy Beymer at MerrimentDesign.com

Write on the lids using Chalk Ink food-safe non-toxic washable markers. Hand wash lids using a damp cloth. Now that I’ve been using the lids for a few months, they do chip a bit over time. But the lids are so quick and easy to spray that you could easily add more coats as needed.

Making Apricot Baby Food Puree

Merriment Design:: Chalkboard lids for baby food jars free DIY tutorial and pattern template craft project by Kathy Beymer at MerrimentDesign.com

Making fresh, healthy, yummy apricot baby food puree is a breeze! Here are the supplies. Hop on over to YumUniverse.com for the full recipe tutorial.

Supplies for steamed apricot baby food puree:

  • Fresh, ripe organic apricots
  • Good knife
  • Food steamer
  • Stick hand blender
  • Ice cube trays (for freezing)
  • Empty baby food jars (for fresh – keep in mind that these are not canned so you need to use any fresh baby food within 1-3 days)

Merriment Design:: Chalkboard lids for baby food jars free DIY tutorial and pattern template craft project by Kathy Beymer at MerrimentDesign.com

COPYRIGHT NOTE: You’re more than welcome to use this idea and project instructions for personal use. Contact me for any commercial use – this includes etsy sellers.

Please post a comment below if you use this project so I can smile when I see that it’s being used. Craft and pass it on!

 
 




15 Responses to “Chalkboard lids for baby food jars”


  1. Linh Says:

    Ahhh! Where was this when I was babyfood-making years ago!? Such a wonderful idea. Just linked to this from my blog:
    http://mommyneurotic.blogspot.com/2013/07/preparing-baby-chef-hat.html

  2. Sandi Says:

    thanks! I will try that. The goo gone didn’t work for me. :(

  3. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Sandi, good question. I thought about using Goo Be Gone but was worried about the chemicals, so I soaked it and used a scouring pad in a circular motion and it came off.

  4. Sandi Says:

    have any tips for removing the nasty glue left behind on the baby food jars?

  5. Amber Says:

    Love the chalkboard paint for the lids! That’s awesome… and they’d be so useful as spice jars and such after your done with baby food! Shared it on my own blog with credit back :)

    http://salttree.blogspot.com/2011/04/101-uses-for-baby-food-jars.html

  6. Nicole Says:

    No, I just use them for “tupperware” and storage for dry goods etc….I will let you know how it goes. I tried looking for the chalkboard spraypaint at lowes but wasn’t able to find it. :) I will keep looking

  7. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hi Nicole, I haven’t tried it. Are you using the glass ball jars for canning? I would recommend spraying only the top of the circle lid – not the band – and then do a test to see how the chalkboard paint holds up to the sterilization and boiling processes. Very curious to see if this works for you so let me know!

  8. Nicole Says:

    Would this work for Glassball jars??? Oh I hope you respond! :)

  9. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Great! I’m glad that you got it! You never know with the Chicago postal system. I’d love to hear what you make with it all!

  10. Liz Says:

    I wish I thought about this when my kids were still eating baby food!

    I received my velcro loot the other day. THANK YOU VERY MUCH! Only I could get this excited about a box of velcro!

  11. CEO Says:

    Love this idea amazing…….. I wish I had this when we were feeding Sophia solids..

    xxx
    CEO


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