Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Six Insanely Cute Ideas for Reusing a Classico Pesto Jar

While making dinner last week, after I emptied the pesto into the pot, I sat it on the counter and looked at it for the longest time. Such a cute little container. I soaked the label off and created the following cheap and easy gifts and ideas to use this adorable jar!

First off you need to empty it! The following is an easy weekday meal. Only 4 ingredients and super delish!

1 box of Penne Pasta - cook as directed
1 container of Classico jarred Pesto
4 ounces of roasted red peppers diced
1 container of feta cheese

Once the noodles are cooked and they have been drained, place them back into the pot and add the pesto and red peppers. Once thoroughly stirred, add the container of feta. Easy as that. To spread the ingredients out a bit I have been known to split the container of feta so I have enough for two batches.
No one knew the difference.

On to the crafts people!

Idea #1 - The cutest glassware ever!! Perfect for a summer party or an afternoon snack!

By far, this was middle B's favorite idea!:)

Idea #2 - Pencil holder.

Idea #3 - By painting the top with chalkboard paint you can organize a ton of different supplies. I chose to use it as a hardware organizer and put the length of screw on top.

Idea #4 - Teacher gift! Plant a small well, plant:) and attach a bow with a tag reading
"Thank you for helping me grow".

Idea #5 - Cookies in a jar. Such a great last minute gift. Just layer the ingredients, cut a square of fabric, attach a bow and voila! You can find a gazillion cookies in a jar recipes. Most are for a 32 ounce jar. Just quarter the recipe and create a instruction card!

Idea #6 - A candle! You can pick up wax crystals and premade wicks at any craft store. The crystals come in a variety of colors and it really makes a nice handmade gift. I attached a "You light up my life" sticker and hotglued some lace around the lid for a vintage look.

Happy Crafting!