It's no big surprise that moms tend to procure a lot more "stuff" than their childless peers, but that doesn't mean that having a family should prevent you from having an eco-conscious, sustainable lifestyle. While you likely already know the basics of recycling cans and bottles, buying locally grown food, and choosing the paperless option for your bills and newsletters, at POPSUGAR Moms, we like to think outside the (recycling) box. In honor of Earth Day, these 47 unexpected ideas will bring new life to your old baby gear, clothes, toys, and more.
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Upcycle Your Baby Food Jars Into a Desk Organizer
It's never easy to keep kids' crafting supplies organized, but with color-coded spaces for crayons and markers , even little kids can help keep the supplies in order.
Source: Monkey See, Monkey Do 
Upcycle Your Baby Food Jars Into Pincushions
What to do with all those buttons that come attached to your kids' clothes? Store them in baby-food jars , and use this tutorial to create a cute pincushion on top!
Source: The Life of Jennifer Dawn 
Upcycle Your Baby Food Jars Into Photo Jars
Picture frames come in all shapes and sizes, so why not convert your jars into frames? Just add your favorite photo , turn it upside down, and voilà!
Source: Photojojo 
Upcycle Your Baby Food Jars Into Hanging Vases
Baby food jars are the perfect size to display small flowers, like pansies, and this tutorial  shows how easy it is to convert the jars into minivases.
Source: Good Housekeeping 
Upcycle Your Baby Food Jars Into an Advent Calendar
Advent calendars have never been quite so eco-friendly! This upcycled advent calendar  uses baby food jars to hold lil surprises for the kids each day.
Source: Craftaholics Anonymous 
Upcycle Your Baby Food Jars Into Spice Jars
After painting the lids with chalkboard paint and filling the jars with spices , baby food jars easily become part of a great-looking spice rack.
Source: Frugal Decor Mom 
Upcycle Your Baby Food Jars Into Lego Storage Jars
Baby food jars can easily be converted into Lego mini figure heads  with some spray paint, a black Sharpie marker, and some creativity.
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Upcycle Your Baby Food Jars Into Party Favors
For her twin boys' first birthday party, Mae Armstrong  gathered up her own empty jars, filled them with treats, and topped them off with cute labels and fabric for perfectly-sized jars of sweets that guests could take home.
Source: Mae Armstrong 
Upcycle Your Baby Food Jars Into Hair-Band Holders
When your lil one's hair bands, clips, and barrettes are getting out of control, use the baby food jars to organize things .
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Upcycle Your Baby Food Jars Into Bug-Catching Jars
With the addition of some construction paper, a few pipe cleaners, and some googly eyes (or Oriental Trading's little bug kit ), baby food jars are easily transformed into bug-catching jars for just $13.
Upcycle Your Baby Food Jars Into Colorful Shakers
Babies love toys that make noise, so why not go basic and create a colorful rattle  for them? All you need is some dyed rice and some clean baby food jars.
Source: Modern Parents Messy Kids 
Upcycle Your Baby Food Jars Into Fabric Tea Lights
You can never have too many votives laying around the house, and by adding some beautiful fabric  to the outside of the jar, those jars are instantly converted into beautiful candleholders.
Source: Pretty Prudent 
Upcycle Your Baby Food Jars Into Jar Oil Lamps
Keep the night lit up for hours with oil lamps  made out of baby food jars. The process couldn't be any easier. All you need is oil, a wick, and a jar cover to make it work!
Source: Raised in Cotton 
Upcycle Your Baby Food Jars Into Home Spa Gifts
Plan to make some homemade spa treatments for your friends this holiday season? Baby food jars are the perfect size for packaging the treatments , and they look perfect with an added label and colored lid.
Source: Domestic Charm 
Upcycle Your Baby Food Jars Into a Glass Chandelier
Hanging chandeliers are a beautiful addition to the backyard barbecue. With these instructions , you can easily convert your empty baby food jars into a piece of backyard art.
Source: Ecologue 
Upcycle Your Baby Food Jars Into Play-Doh Holders
Kids love playing with Play-Doh, and they love playing with multiple colors at once. Making several small batches in a rainbow of colors and placing them in the jars will keep them fresh .
Source: LilyGene 
Upcycle Your Baby Food Jars Into Terrariums
Tots love studying nature. With these pint-sized terrariums , they can get up close and personal with plants and dirt.
Source: Our Big Earth 
Upcycle Your Baby Food Jars Into Paint Jars
For arts and crafts projects, you can never have enough containers to house your paint. Baby food jars allow you to pour just the right amount, so tots don't waste an entire bottle when they inevitably mix the colors.
Source: How We Montessori 
Upcycle Your Baby Food Jars Into Snow Globes
Snow globes always seem to invoke thoughts of Winter, but there's no reason they can't be used year round! Over on Design Mom, Gabrielle Blair has a fabulous (and easy-to-follow) tutorial  for creating these pint-sized snow globes!
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Upcycle Your Baby Food Jars Into Baby Shower Crafts
These baby shower babies , filled with sweet treats for guests to take home, are a unique way to pay it forward once your baby food jars are empty!
Source: New Life on a Homestead 
Upcycle Your Crib Into a Grown-Up Desk
Add a glass top, turn one side rail into a shelf, and you're set. Wow, right?
Source: Achados de Decoracao 
Upcycle Your Crib Into a Magnet Board
The Frosted Gardner  repurposed the end of an old crib as a magnet board. Get the DIY  instructions here .
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Upcycle Your Crib Into an Antique-esque Bench
Courtney of A Diamond in the Stuff  enlisted the help of her uncle to create a bench out of an old crib.
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Jamie of DIY Home Sweet Home  made this bookshelf using the front and back panels of an old crib and painted pillow cases.
Upcycle Your Crib Into an Easel Board
Katie of The Red Kitchen  repurposed her old crib as a chalkboard easel. Genius! Get the DIY  instructions here .
Source: The Red Kitchen 
Upcycle Your Crib Into a Kids' Desk
Caz of A Little Learning For Two  created this adorable kids activity desk using a crib, particleboard, and chalkboard paint. Get the instructions here .
Source: A Little Learning For Two 
Upcycle Your Crib Into a Craft Station
Monica of Crafty Nest  created this craft organizer after she found a crib rail on the street. Get the instructions here .
Source: Crafty Nest 
Creating by Cami  made this adorable little blue pull wagon with her old crib and provides instructions here .
Source: Creating by Cami 
Upcycle Your Crib Into a Porch Bench
Melanie of The Old White Cottage  actually created this adorable outdoor bench from two cribs.
Source: The Old White Cottage Blog 
Upcycle Your Crib Mattress Into a Wicker Love Seat
Breathe new life into a piece of outdoor furniture with this wicker love seat tutorial  — comfy and chic front-porch seating!
Source: Diddle Dumpling 
Upcycle Your Crib Mattress Into a Cozy Reading Fort
Just because your little one is too big to sleep on his crib mattress doesn't mean he can't hang on it. Carla at Small + Friendly transformed her little boy's old mattress into this reading fort  that feels super special and is made just for him!
Source: Small + Friendly 
Upcycle Your Crib Mattress Into a Kitchen Storage Bench
Just because your kitchen doesn't have built-in seating doesn't mean you can't get the look (and functionality) on your own. Check out Apartment Therapy's kitchen storage bench  upgrade using Ikea cabinets and an old crib mattress.
Source: Apartment Therapy 
Upcycle Your Crib Mattress Into a Custom Reading Nook (or Baby Guest Bed!)
When the Natos renovated their attic, this dormer was transformed into a light-filled reading nook . It could also do double duty as a guest bed for a little visitor (with the addition of a gate, of course)!
Source: Hello From the Natos 
Upcycle Your Crib Mattress Frame Into a Shabby-Chic Bulletin Board
You probably never considered a second life for your crib mattress's wire frame, but this crafty bulletin board  would be perfect in a vintage-y, shabby-chic space.
Source: Lolly Jane 
Upcycle Your Crib Mattress Into a DIY Pallet Bench
This pallet bench  gets a glamorous upgrade thanks to its stylish pillows and furry blanket.
Source: Lottas Himmelrom 
Upcycle Your Crib Mattress Into a DIY Dog Bed
A simple, stylish dog bed  would fit into any decor scheme.
Source: Baby Rabies For Red Barn Blog 
Upcycle Your Crib Mattress Into a Kids' Daybed
If you have a little extra space but not enough for a full daybed or couch, consider converting your crib mattress into an adorable kiddie-sized daybed . It makes a great little nook for reading, relaxing, or resting!
Source: Fab Rehab Creations 
Upcycle Your Crib Mattress Into a Pallet-Board Sofa
The rustic vibe of this pallet-board sofa  would be right at home on the patio or in the foyer/entryway of a casual home.
Source: Funky Junk Interiors 
Upcycle Your Crib Mattress Into an Upholstered Toddler Bed
Upgrade your tot to a toddler bed  with this tutorial from the supercrafty Ana White.
Source: Ana White Homemaker 
Reuse Your Gear For Baby Number Two
If you've got baby number two (or three, or four . . . ) on board, the last thing you want to do is start from scratch when it comes to stocking up on all of the requisite gear. Strollers, car seats, high chairs, and even clothes are expensive, and they're only used for such a brief window of time. Scroll through for our comprehensive guide to the smart, safe, and savvy way to upcycle your own baby gear .
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Find a Second Home For All Your Old Gear
You're probably already familiar with eBay and Craigslist, but if you're hoping to make a little money off your old gear, consider targeting a mom-specific audience. Here, three sites that are geared specifically toward buying and selling baby supplies and clothing:
- StorkBrokers : An online marketplace where you can buy and sell everything from cribs and strollers to baby clothes and toys.
- Swap Baby Goods : This site not only allows you to buy and sell used items, but you can also swap — a great option if you're making the move from infant to toddler gear.
- Thredup : With a focus on used kids' clothes, Thredup allows users to buy, sell, or turn in apparel in exchange for a donation to the charity of their choice.
Upcycle Your Changing Table Into a Bar Cart
Design Indulgences  shared this stylish changing-table-turned-bar-cart.
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Upcycle Your Changing Table Into a Beverage Cart
Better Homes and Gardens  suggested adding wheels to make the beverage cart, which could house cocktail ingredients or family-friendly fare.
Source: Better Homes and Gardens 
Upcycle Your Changing Table Into a Minidesk
Weiya of Enjoyer of Grace  purchased an Ikea changing table and immediately turned it into a minidesk for quick email checks. Get her DIY  instructions here .
Source: Enjoyer of Grace 
Upcycle Your Changing Table Into a Stokke Desk
If DIY  isn't your thing, the Stokke Care  changing table ($500) is designed to be turned into a large or small desk with a conversion kit  ($210).
Ice Cream Parlor
The sisters behind My Sister's Suitcase  turned a yard sale changing table into a kids' ice cream parlor. See the before and after (left), and get the DIY  instructions here .
Source: My Sister's Suitcase 
Upcycle Your Changing Table Into a Play Kitchen
Hannah of Bonne Nouvelle  created this play kitchen for her daughter from an old changing table. So cute! Get the very labor-intensive instructions here .
Source: Bonne Nouvelle