Monday, November 15, 2010

Upcycled Jar Lids

The Green Phone Booth welcomes Kathie from Two Frog Home for today's Meaningful Memories post.

I love the act of homecanning. I enjoy seeing my homegrown veggies in jars or turned into salsa. I enjoy eating canned locally grown peaches during a blizzard in January. I, however; hate single-use disposable lids. I am slowly making the switch to re-usable lids but I have lots of the disposable kind around. I re-use the old lids to seal jars of dehydrated goods or dried beans, but still I have lots of lids around awaiting some kind of purpose. I imagine, many of us homecanners, have lots of lids sitting in drawers dreaming of a higher purpose. Why not re-use those lids for gift tags? It’s a simple and fun craft project that’s pretty too.

Gather your supplies:
  • Old Canning Lids
  • Glitter and/or Confetti
  • White Glue
  • Awl
  • Permanent Markers
  • Ribbon/Yarn/String

Punch holes into your lids with an awl. Please be careful to not punch through your hands. The best way I found to do this is: to place the lid on your table/cutting board and lift up one end. While the lid is angled, push the awl through the end on the table slowly. Be careful not to push too fast or you’ll bend the lid.

Run a bead of glue around the rubber rim of your lids and sprinkle the glue with glitter or confetti. The best way to do this is to simply sprinkle it on, let it dry for a bit, then shake of the excess.

Use string, yarn, or ribbon to hang your tag from your gift. The opportunities for personalization are endless – add bows, pretty labels, even photos glued to the center to make your gifts just that much more beautiful.

Kathie lives with her soul-mate, Jeff, in northwest Montana. She’s a writer and teacher who enjoys living a simple, creative life centered around love. She writes about her gardening, cooking, and voluntary simplicity adventures at


concretenprimroses said...

This is a cute idea for one brief reuse. I wonder how they would hold up in the garden as plant labels? I think I'll try next spring.

Kathie said...


I did exactly that this past summer. The lids work marveously as plant labels, you can see a photo of them in action here:

The Gingerbread House said...

That's a great and worthy green idea! I hated throwing away used lids, and felt guilty every time I did, Thanks for that great idea. Ginny

Carmen said...

What a great idea! I could see these as ornaments too...

Anonymous said...

Great idea - I'll do that this year. =)

Green Bean said...

Very clever!! I hate throwing away these lids.

christina d said...

What an amazing idea! I am going to use it for all my edible holiday gifts- love love love!

Sweet Tea and Scuppernongs said...

I'm thinking they would make great Christmas ornaments, too!

Vegetable Garden Cook said...

Great idea!


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