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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Baby Food Jar Centerpiece

Yup. You read that right.

We had 4 couples over for dinner last weekend and the afternoon of the dinner, I found myself looking wistfully at the dining room table. It was just so sad and plain. I set the table, but the place mats and solid cloth napkins were still looking a bit drab.

As both kiddos were napping, there weren't a whole lot of options on the table (hahaha....pun intended) for getting a fabulous centerpiece whipped together. Spending $$$ was also off the table (last time, promise) as we're working hard to stick to the budget for July.

So I went house hunting. And oh was the recycling bin a total gold mine! About a dozen baby food jars and a few jars that formerly held salsa and parmesan cheese beckoned to me from amidst junk mail and Diet Coke cans.

Washed, scrubbed and with votive candles dropped in, my dining room table suddenly looked much brighter.

It really looked pretty classy and elegant. Candlelight does that every time doesn't it?

And the lids? Two coats of chalkboard paint transformed them from trash to re-usable place cards.

How's that for recycling?!

Thanks to Nike at Choose to Thrive for the inspiration, she always "rocks what she's got" rather than buying new.


  1. Hi Katie...thought you'd like this use for old baby food jars I just saw on Pinerest. :)
    LOVE the candle idea.

  2. Love this!! It looks great! I always look forward to seeing your creative ideas!!

  3. great idea. love it. what kind of camera do you use?

  4. Looks so good! I'm a huge fan of using what I have around the house to create. I love this idea!

  5. April - thanks for the link!

    rachael - we have a canon's about 4 years old I think. i don't know what I'm doing with it most of the time, but if you take enough shots one or two usually turn out! : )

  6. Katie,
    A.Mazing! Your table looks incredible with all the soft candle light! I'm sharing this on THRIVE FB today ... this is too great not to pass along! (And your pictures ... beautiful!)

  7. Katie,
    Oops ... forgot the link:
    (And I LOVE the chalk board painted lids!)

  8. Wow! Way to take something so humble and make it pretty awesome! And I LOVE Nike,as well! Great idea for me since my little one just started on solids. Found you on Tatertots and Jello, by the way, and am now a follower!

  9. I love this idea! I've seen the light strands made with canning jars but I think this is better since they're smaller and fit tea lights in them!

    (via TT&J)

  10. I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel fee to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!


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