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15 Easy Things to Do With Gu Pots

Updated on June 26, 2018
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Marianne is from Edinburgh in Scotland. She enjoys travelling and sharing helpful tips with her readers.

I often buy GU desserts. These are small desserts which are sold in little glass ramekins. GU is the main brand available in the United Kingdom, but you can sometimes get similar Supermarket own brand desserts with similar glass ramekins as well.

If you are anything like me you will eat your cheesecake, or chocolate souffle and then think this little glass ramekin seems useful. They are indeed useful, problem is that over time (if you and your partner keep buying the puddings whenever they are on discount at the supermarket) you end up with more GU pots than you know what to do with.

I have brainstormed 15 easy things you can do with a GU pot.

An empty GU pot
An empty GU pot

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Arts and Crafts projects

There are a variety of ways to use your GU pots for arts and crafts projects. You could do these as fun projects with children, or as fun projects with adults.

1. Water and paint pots

GU pots make excellent water pots or paint pots, if you are doing any painting.

2. Decorate with different colours

Using different colours you can create interesting patterns with light.

You could use paint specially designed for glass if you would like. But the easiest and most straightforward least messy way to decorate is to use Sharpie pens. The ink won't wipe off (not by accident anyway). Just draw what you feel like. Great artistic skill is not needed for a nice effect, for example below is one I decorated with green spots. Most Sharpie pens will give a nice see through effect that light will shine through. Although if you want a more solid effect you can use a metallic Sharpie pen.

3. Decorate with stickers

Stickers are a very simple way to decorate a GU pot. For example use clear alphabet stickers to create personalised pots.

4. Decorate with tissue paper

The GU pot below has been decorated using shredded pieces of tissue paper. I mixed some PVA glue with a bit of water and used a paint brush to stick the tissue paper to the side of the GU pot.

I used pva glue and yellow tissue to create this papier machie effect.
I used pva glue and yellow tissue to create this papier machie effect.

What to Do With Your Decorated GU Pot

Once you have decorated your GU pot, you need to find a use for it. For example you could make a candle holder or use them as storage for small bitty objects that you don't know where to put.

5. Brilliant Tealight Holders

GU pots make excellent tealight holders. This is an excellent and inexpensive way to make the most of your decorated GU pots. Just pop your tealight in the middle of the GU pot, light the tealight, dim the lights and enjoy the effect.

My self decorated tealight holders
My self decorated tealight holders

6. Make Actual Candles

If you want to put a bit more effort in you can also use GU pots to make proper candles. For example here is a great tutorial explaining how to make soy wax candles.

Storage For Small Bitty Things

Here are some examples of things that GU pots are useful for storing.

7. Storage for Small Annoying Toys that are Lying Around

GU pots are useful storage for small toys like random lego figures or things you get free in a Kinder-egg.
GU pots are useful storage for small toys like random lego figures or things you get free in a Kinder-egg.

8. Spare Change Storage

We use a GU pot for spare coins we find, and keeping them in one place.

I decorated my spare change ramekin by gluing a piece of ribbon around it.
I decorated my spare change ramekin by gluing a piece of ribbon around it.

9. Sewing Bits and Bobs Storage

Gu pots are exactly the right size to keep odds and ends of sewing stuff together while you are working on a sewing project.

Sewing stuff storage
Sewing stuff storage

10. Storage for Paper Clips

GU pots are also the perfect size for storing paper clips, or staples, or anything else small you have lying around.

Foodie GU Pot Ideas

The other main use of GU pots is for food. Here are some ideas for that.

11. Serve Lovely Homemade Dessert

Gu pots are excellent to serve impressive looking homemade desserts. For example you could make:

  • A mini apple crumble (Look up any simple recipe for apple crumble, but reduce the sizes to fit in some GU pots)
  • Eton mess (All you need to do is mix broken meringue, strawberries and whipped cream together)
  • Creme brulee
  • Chocolate Almond Cakes.

12. Serve Lovely Looking Not So Homemade Food

If the effort of preparing your own food is a bit much, you can use a GU pot to make your food special and romantic.

For example here is a recipe for chocolate mousse with berries.

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate mousse from the supermarket
  • A pack of mixed berries (If berries aren't your thing you could substitute with chocolate chips, hundreds and thousands, pieces of banana, cream or anything else you like)

Preparation

  1. Spoon the chocolate mousse into the GU pots.
  2. Add some berries on top in a way that looks nice.

You should bin all evidence of the origins of the mousse so your partner assumes you lovingly handmade the mousse. However even if your partner knows you well enough to see through this, it will still seem like you made much more effort than you did.

Chocolate mousse ready to serve in GU pots, with the original tub of mousse from Tesco.
Chocolate mousse ready to serve in GU pots, with the original tub of mousse from Tesco.

13. Food Preparation

GU pots are perfect to use as a little container when you need to mix together small amounts of spices for a recipe.

For example:

  1. Take 1 teaspoon of cumin, 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and mix together in the GU pot
  2. Flavour some meat with the mix, and add a bit of lemon or lime
  3. Cook to make a lovely tasty dish with very little effort.

14. Serving Condiments

If you are having a dinner party and want to impress, Gu pots can be useful for condiments.

Use a Gu pot for extra sophistication, when serving sauces, salsa or ketchup.

GU pots are also useful as sugar bowls. Serve alongside the tea so your guests can help themselves.

15. Give them away

There may come a time when you have done all the above things, but you still have too many GU pots taking up space. At that point It's time to let go (of some of them, a few in stock is useful)

I suggest giving away GU pots, either to family and friends, or by offering on a Freecycle or a Facebook group. They will be useful to someone else.

You could also try and sell them. I have noticed GU pots for sale on Ebay and Etsy, but it doesn't look like lots of people are buying them, so personally I wouldn't bother.

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      Cynthia 

      3 months ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Thanks... I love these little mason jars (what I have been calling them). I use them for chia puddings but like the cheat idea you mentioned for using them to make up desserts with store-bought fillers and berries. Attractive photos!

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