Before you toss out or recycle the next cute little Oui jar, here’s a fun and easy way to repurpose it into a tiny bell cloche instead.
If it’s yogurt, I’m game!
Yogurt is one of my favorites for breakfast, snacks, or for an afternoon shot of energy, topped with a generous pile of homemade granola.
Last year I noticed a new face on the shelves…Oui French style yogurt.
I have to be perfectly honest and admit that those cute little glass jars are what really grabbed my attention.
I’d much rather eat from glass than plastic any day, so I grabbed a few to try.
The kids think so too, so I’ve been reverting to my practice of hiding food so at least ONE jar of vanilla yogurt is left for me.
They’re so much creamier than standard yogurt, but not as tangy as Greek…velvety smooth and perfectly flavored.
It’s been a long time since I’ve written much of anything about food around here. In fact, if you haven’t been hanging with me as recently as about three years ago, you might be surprised to know that there was, in fact, a good bit of food chatter here once upon a time.
If you’d like to take a peek at a few on the yummies that were on the blog way back then, you can find them here: The To Work with My Hands Cookbook
What is a Bell Cloche?
With our new-found addiction to Oui yogurt, it didn’t take long to build a nice little collection of empty jars.
And since we don’t have glass recycling here, I decided I’d better figure out some way to repurpose them before they overtook the kitchen cabinets.
I’ve long admired bell cloches – those delicate glass domes, beautifully covering most any special decor piece.
Of course I don’t have any.
Delicate glass doesn’t blend very well with energetic boys, rambunctious dogs, and curious cats.
But these little yogurt jars are a bit more sturdy, and reminded me so much of a bell cloche, that I decided to make a few smaller versions with some of our jars.
How to make a Bell Cloche
Have you ever tried to get a label from a jar and ended up with a sticky mess that made you wonder if your efforts were even worth the trouble?
I’m happy to tell you that is not the case with the labels on these jars. Simply nick the corner with your fingernail, run it under some hot water, and it will peel right off.
After the labels were off, I washed them with a little dish soap to make sure the glue was completely gone, and that was it!
Bell Cloche with Base
For the second step, I decided to add a wooden base. You can find these at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby and a quick coat of paint is all they need.
A glass dish also makes a good base.
Most bell cloches have a rounded handle on top, and since these jars don’t have that, I had to come up with something that would work as a replacement.
I found these little wooden doll heads in the craft department at Wal-Mart. They work perfectly because the bottoms are flat and glue down smoothly right on the jar.
These little DIY cloches are perfect for displaying small pieces all year long.
There’s really no end to the ways you can use them!
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