Canning Jar Lid Pumpkin Craft

Canning Jar Lid Pumpkin Craft

With Halloween coming soon, I figured making a pumpkin using canning jar lids (as part of this craft challenge) was a great idea.  You can make one or more of these pumpkins and use them to decorate almost anything.  You can decorate a basket you can use to hold Halloween treats or apples, use one to embellish an autumn wreath, or use one as part of a Thanksgiving dinner centerpiece.

While I could have simply painted one canning jar lid orange and called it a pumpkin, I wanted something with a little more depth.  This cute pumpkin is very easy to make using three canning jar lids, a paint stir stick, and a piece of hemp twine or raffia. I think by using three lids it still looks like a pumpkin, but it has a lot more character.  Don’t you think so?

Supplies Needed to Make this Canning Jar Lid Pumpkin

  • 3 Canning Jar Lids
  • Orange Paint
  • Clear Acrylic Sealer (Optional)
  • Paint Stir Stick or a Tongue Depressor
  • Hemp Twine or Raffia
  • Craft Glue and/or Hot Glue Sticks

Tools Needed

  • Paint Brush
  • Hot Glue Gun (Optional)
  • Utility Knife
  • Scissors

paint orange canning jar lids



Start off by painting the bottom side of all three canning jar lids orange.  The bottom side is the side that seals onto the jar. Use as many coats as paint as needed to get good coverage. Let the paint dry. If you would like to give your pumpkin an added layer of protection, spray on a few layers of clear acrylic sealer. Make sure the sealer is complexly dry before you move on to the next step.

glue together orange canning jar lids

Lay two of the painted canning jar lids side by side on your table.  Use a generous amount on the back of the third painted canning jar lid and set it, centered, on top of the two. I like to use both craft glue (the bond usually lasts longer than hot glue) and hot glue (this holds all of the parts together while the craft glue dries). Let the glue dry.

glue the stem on the pumpkin

Use a utility knife to cut off the top of a paint stir stick or tongue depressor.  I did not have to cut all the way through with the utility knife. I simply scored it a few times on both sides and then it was easy to snap the top right off.  Glue this to the back of the pumpkin. You may need to shave down the sides of the stick a little bit to get a nice fit. Let the paint dry.

finish canning jar lid pumpkin

As a finishing touch, cut a piece of hemp twine or raffia that is about 15-inches long. Tie it around the stem of the pumpkin. Your canning jar lid pumpkin is now done.  What will you use it on?

If you like, you can paint a face on the pumpkin to create a jack-o-lantern, or paint on other details. If you make this craft, please share your pumpkin making experiences with us by leaving a comment.

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35 comments for “Canning Jar Lid Pumpkin Craft

  1. 09/05/2013 at 10:52 pm

    Oh that’s cute–never would have guessed it’s lids!

  2. 09/06/2013 at 8:40 am

    I love it and I can’t wait to make it! What a an affordable way to add fall around the house and use up used canning lids!

  3. 09/06/2013 at 12:45 pm

    huh. now that is neat and cute.

  4. 09/07/2013 at 6:58 pm

    Now that is seriously clever…and so cute! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!

  5. 09/08/2013 at 7:51 pm

    This is a really cute idea, and it would be a great way to give second life to used lids.

  6. Lori Patterson
    09/09/2013 at 7:41 am

    i can’t wait to have my daycare kids make this..I may put a magnet on the back and they can put it on the fridge !!!

  7. Ann
    09/09/2013 at 11:44 am

    What a simple darling fall craft. Would be good in so many ways.
    Ann

  8. 09/09/2013 at 12:49 pm

    What a cute, yet simple idea – I always have more of these lids than I need. Pinning this as a Craftastic Pick. Thanks for linking to the Craftastic Monday party at Sew Can Do!

  9. 09/09/2013 at 5:25 pm

    LOVE this craft! I’m going to make it with my kids during homeschool crafts. Thanks!

  10. 09/10/2013 at 3:40 am

    How clever! I never would of thought of using canning lids for pumpkins. Very cute! Thank you for sharing!

  11. 09/10/2013 at 8:11 pm

    So cute and simple. I love these type crafts! visiting thru Bouquet of Talent party ;-)

  12. Kelly
    09/11/2013 at 9:43 pm

    I have tons of those metal tops from frozen juice concentrate. I think they are interchangeable with the canning jar lids. Including this craft. Maybe paint the paint stick/tongue depressor green! :-)

  13. 09/12/2013 at 1:53 pm

    These are soo cute Sherri. What a creative and fun idea! :) Thanks for sharing at Show Stopper Saturday! :) Wanted to let you know I am going to feature you this week too!

    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

  14. 09/12/2013 at 9:45 pm

    So cute!! I always have lids hanging around. I’ll be trying this for sure! Pinned!!

  15. 09/13/2013 at 3:50 pm

    So cute I love this idea! And for the kiddos, maybe they could just use orange circles to do the same thing.

    If you’re interested, I’d love to have you share this at my Show & Tell party going on right now. http://www.gingerlymade.com/2013/09/show-tell-43.html

  16. 09/13/2013 at 4:46 pm

    I wanted to invite you to the Friday Flash Blog Party, the best linky in town! I hope you’ll join us and link up. Who knows. You may just get highlighted!

    The party goes on ALL weekend.

    Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution
    http://www.thejennyevolution.com

  17. 09/13/2013 at 6:29 pm

    So simple and adorable! I love these! Thanks for sharing at Share your Stuff Tuesdays..have a great weekend :)

  18. 09/14/2013 at 5:55 pm

    So cute, pinning! Stop by:)

  19. 09/15/2013 at 9:01 am

    Too. Cute. I love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing at Whip it Up Wednesday!

  20. 09/15/2013 at 2:41 pm

    Oh geez. I had to look at it several times to even see that the pumpkin was made out of lids. This is so clever. Thank you for sharing.

  21. 09/16/2013 at 6:41 am

    This is such a cute idea. I love how festive it makes the basket look. Thank you for linking up to Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in this week’s issue.

  22. 09/16/2013 at 9:42 am

    Oh my goodness… I love this this!! I wish I would have seen this before the weekend. I had made a basket of pumpkin treats and this would have been such a cute embellishment on the basket!! Next time! ;)

  23. 09/16/2013 at 10:23 pm

    I’m featuring this at Terrific Tuesdays.

  24. 09/30/2013 at 2:10 pm

    I love these so much. How simple and cute. Now I know what to do with the lids when I use the bands for pumpkins.

  25. 10/13/2013 at 10:09 pm

    Thanks for the great idea, Can’t wait to share it with the girl scout
    we will make it for the holidays . Thanks

  26. 09/10/2014 at 11:23 am

    I used lids cut from food/dog food cans using the Can Opener that does smooth/no sharp edge. So I can get lids of different sizes..

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