If you consider yourself a crafter or maker, THIS I KNOW TO BE TRUE… you’ve spotted the glass yogurt jars at your favorite grocery store and thought, I could make something cute with those.
Yea, me too. So, today I’m sharing a little project inspiration with you and I’ve created a free gift tag printable to go with. Keep reading for all the details on this repurposed yogurt jar votive gift idea.
When my oldest child was little, baby food was primarily sold in jars. He’s 14 now and I don’t think that is the case anymore. Admittedly, I’m happy to be far removed from that phase of life.
But, being the crafter I was born to be, I diligently saved nearly every baby food jar we purchased back then. I’m all about recycling, but I love to repurpose even more. My sister is a teacher so she used some of them to make mini snow globes with her students around the holidays. I used some for random craft projects and one fall I even turned several jars into these Martha Stewart jar ‘o lanterns – an oldie but goodie craft project.
I think we still have a box of them left in the basement. The only downside to using baby food jars were the threads around the top, meant for securing a lid. I wasn’t as earnest at saving lids.
And, that’s one of the reasons I think these Yoplait Oui Yogurt jars are perfect for crafting. The top rim is perfect for securing string and tags.
Let me be honest with you. I bought these yogurts because I wanted to try making a craft with the jar… I can’t help it. #makersgonnamake
BUT… I soon discovered that this French style yogurt is seriously divine. I had no idea how delicious it would be. And eating it from a jar feels so fancy. Plus, packing these in my lunch for work is fun and feels a little less like brown-bagging-it.
Once you have eaten this delectable yogurt, you’ll want to wash your jars. #obvi
How to Repurpose Yogurt Jars into a Votive Gift Idea
Toss them in the dishwasher. These labels are affixed pretty tightly so you’ll need more than a little soapy water to remove them. Here’s how they look after they were dishwashed and the label was peeled away by hand.
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My go-to product for sticky residue is Goo Gone so I used that and a cotton cloth to scrub off the residue. Then I cleaned them up with some window cleaner.
One of my children is a giver. And by that I mean, he’s always wanting to bring his teachers, friends, neighbors, and sometimes other random adults little gifts. If I make cupcakes, he suggests we deliver them to neighbors and grandparents. If I make a school spirit shirt, he insists that his teacher would love one just like it.
God love his giving spirit. So, I decided that I would turn these jars into small handmade tokens that could be shared with others. There are times when a thank you or a smile doesn’t seem adequate, or when you want to brighten someone’s day. It’s for these moments that I love to have simple gifts – like this repurposed yogurt jar votive gift idea – at the ready.
I purchased a set of votive candles (tealights would also work). Then, I created a set of labels to anticipate some the reasons we might need a quick gift. I like to be prepared. You can download my labels below. Note, I think they look best printed on brown kraft paper or cardstock.
Equally important, I love adding natural elements in my handmade gifts. It helps add a rustic or farmhouse touch that also feels mindful.
I happened to have some herbs (Rosemary and Thyme) in my kitchen leftover from a Burgundy Beef Stew recipe that my husband made. So, I simply used some twine to attach my label and herbs to the glass jars.
This simple combination is the perfect setting for a handmade candle votive. If you don’t have any fresh or dried herbs on hand, snag some fresh pine branches or leaves from your backyard instead. That’s it! Now your votive is ready for gifting.
Maybe you don’t need a little gift right now. That’s okay. Feel free to decorate your table with these little votives too. Grouped together and displayed on a rustic slice of wood creates an instant farmhouse feel.
Or, try one by itself with a few repurposed deer antlers for your holiday table. This repurposed yogurt jar votive gift idea is easy for both sharing and decorating.
With this in mind, there are likely gobs more craft projects meant for these jars… and that’s why I’ve teamed up with a few of my blogging friends to share even more upcycle ideas with you. Be sure to visit them now!
More Ways to Upcycle Oui Yogurt Jars:
I’m anxious to hear what other ideas you have for repurposing these clever yogurt jars. Please comment below. By the way, have you tried this French style yogurt – what did you think?