DIY Color Blocking Baby Food Jars

I had a baby shower for one of my best friends and wanted some cute decor that she could use for her nursery afterwards. Her colors were a unique combination so I decided to try making the decor. It ended up being adorable and easier than I had expected. I did color blocking in her nursery’s colors on empty baby food jars. Check out the steps below for how to make these and be creative: take them to neighbors, use them for floral arrangements, or leave them empty.

Items you need:

  • empty baby food jars
  • baking soda
  • vegetable oil
  • spray paint
  • acrylic paint (in the colors you want)
  • painters tape
  • paint brush

Step 1: Start by cleaning the glue from the label off the baby food jars.

Here’s how:

  1. Mix together equal amounts of baking soda and oil – a tablespoon of each should be plenty for just a few small jars.
  2. Rub the mixture on the sticky parts of the jar.
  3. Let it sit for 30 minutes.
  4. Rub with an abrasive sponge or steel wool.
  5. Wash well with soap and water.

Step 2: Spray paint jars.

Once the jars are cleaned and dried spray them with the base color that you want for your jars. My base color was white.

Step 3: Color blocking.

Once the spray paint has completely dried (it is best to let it dry for at least a full day), put painters tape on the jars in different designs.

Step 4: Paint one color at a time on each of the jars.

To be efficient, select one color at a time to paint on the jars. Then choose another color until you’ve completed all the painting.

Step 5: Add coats of paint.

If you need multiple coats, let it dry in between, and add as many as you need. I needed around 3 coats to fully cover the white.

Step 5: Fill with a darling floral arrangement.

Good luck and I’m sure yours will be even more cute 🙂





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