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How to Make Classy Christmas Decor on the Cheap

Updated November 15, 2019
frosted votives
Hey yogurt-lovers! We all adore those little glass jars that Oui™ yogurt comes in, but there’s only so many ways you can reuse them, right? Wrong! We’ve come up with three new ways to Christmas-a-fy your jars so they don’t go to waste, and so that you end up with a little more holiday spirit around the house.

All of these holiday projects start with at least one Oui™ yogurt jar. We’re using both the regular-sized jars and the new petite-sized jars. To remove the labels, soak the empty jars in warm water for about five minutes. Once thoroughly soaked, the labels should easily peel away! It’s almost like they designed these jars knowing we would want to reuse them or something. Smart thinking, Yoplait™.

Mini Snow Globes

mini snow globes

It’s snowing! Well, it’s snowing inside these waterless mini snow globes. We recommend using the regular-sized jars for this project. To create this winter wonderland, you’ll also need:

glue gun attaching trees in little jars

Step 1: Place a yogurt jar upside-down on the white foam. Using a pencil, trace around the jar, drawing a circle. Cut the circle out using scissors. This foam circle will be the base for you winter scene.

Step 2: Glue a few mini trees to your foam circle. Once the glue has dried, lower the trees and their foam base into the bottom of a jar.

Step 3: Now all that’s left to do is let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Fill the bottom of the jar with white glitter.

Spiced Potpourri Pots

spiced potpurri pots

Not only will these potpourri jars look attractive sitting on your bookshelf or nightstand, but they’ll smell amazing, too. We used the large Oui™ jars so we had plenty of room to pack in the scents. Here’s what else you’ll need:

  • Dried fruit, like oranges, grapefruit or cranberries
  • Whole cinnamon sticks
  • Other spices, such as star anise, cloves, whole nutmeg or black peppercorns
  • Mini pinecones

assembling potpurri pots

Assembling your potpourri jars is pretty straightforward—just stuff and sniff away! The more spices you add, the stronger your potpourri jars will smell. To finish, tie ribbon or twine around the neck of the jar.

Frosted Votives

frosted votives

for a cozy, frosted look. We used both small and large-sized Oui™ jars to make these votives for a variation of heights. You’ll also need:

items to make frosted votive jars

Step 1: Wipe your glass jars clean and place them in a well-ventilated area (i.e. outside) that you don’t mind getting paint on (pro tip: a large cardboard box works great for this!). Using the frosted spray paint, paint each jar. Allow them to fully dry before handling.

Step 2: When the jars are dry, tie a small piece of cut eucalyptus around the neck of each jar, keeping the greenery outside of the jar (if it sticks inside, it could catch on fire from the candle!). Then fill the jars halfway with white sand and place a small candle in each. Done!

For more hassle-free holiday ideas, check out our series: 24 Holiday Hacks to Keep You Sane.