Canning Jar Lid {Craft Challenge}

I spent the morning making homemade raspberry jam. While I was washing the empty jam jars I was recycling from last year’s batch, I came up with the idea for this craft challenge.  You see, while you can recycle the canning jars and the rings that go around the top of the jar, you are not supposed to recycle the lid itself.

Canning Jar Lid Craft Challenge

I really hate to throw anything away that I might be able to re-use, so I end up with a big pile of the canning jar lids. Here is where I need your help! What should I make using one or more of these metal circles?

Here is what I have come up with so far:

Please share your fun and unique ideas using as much detail as you can. If you need some inspiration, check out some projects I made to go along with other craft challenges.

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13 comments for “Canning Jar Lid {Craft Challenge}

  1. Beverly
    07/25/2013 at 2:10 pm

    Cover the inside of the used lid with a circle of felt, mount a picture on it put a small amount of glue around the edge and put it inside the ring, photo on the outside, like a picture frame. Add a piece of string and use as a Christmas ornament for the tree,

    When my girls were in school they made them as a gift for us. I still treasure them today.

    You could use wedding photos also.

  2. Lisa Mars
    07/25/2013 at 3:30 pm

    I used these years ago to make a small winchime. I had the kids make a stencil and tape it to lid… hearts were good as it was in February. Using a hammer and small punch the kids hammered small holes where the stencil was. We also made a small hole at the top to use fishing line to attach to the canning screw ring. We spray painted them after holes were made. Be sure to check length of line befroe tying to make sure lids will touch. I used three lids and one screw ring. Mine is still proudly displayed at my kitchen window 20 years later. Hope you have fun! God bless you, Lisa

  3. judy
    07/25/2013 at 4:25 pm

    used Canning lids make great vegetable/flower tags. Just attach a lid to a garden stake using glue, nail or screw and write on the lid what you have planted.

    Lids also make great ornaments. Hot glue or craft glue your choice of trim (glitter works well) and add a ribbon as a hanger. They make cute santa’s, three hooked together make wonderful snowmen. Or you can spray paint the lid and draw or paint a design on it. Or take used christmas cards and cut out designs and glue onto the lid and hang.

    String a group of lids together and decorate and make into a windchime.

  4. Dawn
    07/25/2013 at 5:28 pm

    coasters with a bit of felt?
    pieces of a game such as tic tac toe?
    crochet over them for beautiful coasters?
    use them like the bottle caps and cover them to make trivets….

  5. Deborah Washington
    07/26/2013 at 8:39 am

    Paint them bright colors, then add a small mirror to the center of each side. Punch a hole and string at various heights with fishing line from either a hanger that can be decorated, one of the lids, or any item of your choice. You have a fun sun catcher that can be hung in the garden or on a porch.

    • Cindy
      08/10/2013 at 3:01 pm

      You could also put a candle,especially on the mirrored ones. What a way to save $s and a way to spread light. til next time…oxoxoxo

  6. 07/30/2013 at 4:02 pm

    Loving all of the ideas shared so far! Keep ’em coming. 🙂

  7. 08/03/2013 at 7:58 am


    Paint with acrylics and seal. Alternatively decoupage pictures to them. Glue felt or corkboard to the bottom.

    Seal well will clear acrylic spray.

    • 08/07/2013 at 10:48 am

      Love it! What a fun decoration.

  8. Sandy
    08/13/2013 at 9:00 am

    How about something for Halloween? I visited the link to the eyes craft and those are adorable. Anything else for my favorite holiday?

  9. Scott O.
    08/22/2013 at 10:04 pm

    How about a small musical instrument. Pound holes into them and turn them into little cymbals or use them as part of a tambourine!

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