Canning Jar Lid Upcycle
If you can your garden’s harvest every year you have this problem: a sizable stack of jar lids. You know what I mean. The lids can only be used once for canning. I always felt bad about tossing the lids once I used them.
Sure, I keep them around to use on jars of things that do not require a vacuum seal. But, eventually you get a pretty good collection of the lids and need to figure out something to do with them .
I’ve seen several crafts on Pinterest involving these lids and decided to tackle one on my own. Let’s bring these lids full circle–they were used to seal your garden harvest, let’s make them into labels for your next year’s harvest.
You will need:
- Small Mouth Mason Jar Lids
- Mod Podge ** Update–There’s an Outdoor Mod Podge!
- Acrylic Sealer (only if you plan to use the labels outdoors)
- Foam Brush
- Scissors or a 2 in Craft Puncher
- Hole Puncher
- Jar Lid Labels Print Out (below) *check back soon, I am working on some new ones
**New** I’ve added 2 more label sheets. See my new post featuring my Hometalk DIY Plant Labels board.
- Print out the labels on an 8.5 X 11 piece of cardstock. I used a brown craft paper. Regular paper works fine too.
- Cut out around the dotted lines for each plant label you want to use. A 2 in craft punch works great for this part.
- With your foam brush, apply a generous amount of Mod Podge to the front of a jar lid.
- Lay one of the cut out labels on top of the glue slathered surface.
- Press down gently to ensure the entire surface is stuck to the label.
- Apply another generous layer of Mod Podge on top of the paper label.
- Wipe the excess glue off with a paper towel.
- Let the lids dry for about half an hour. The glue will dry clear.
- Once dried, lightly spray with an acrylic sealer.
Take your hole puncher and punch a hole in the center top of the lid.
You can do several variations on this step. I was initially going to use floral wire and tie the label onto a popsicle stick or a twig. But I came across these floral picks in my massive craft supply stash (I have no idea when and why I purchased them) and thought they were perfect for the task!
- Line up the top of the floral pick to the hole in the lid.
- Insert the end of the wire through the hole a few times to secure.
- Wrap the end of the wire securely around the green stick in the back.
- Continue assembling the other labels.
These labels are versatile. I am considering gluing a magnet to the back of the lids and turning them into a garden themed magnet set for the fridge. They can be used as label tops for seed storage. Or, what the heck, tie a piece of ribbon at the top and put these little darlings on your Christmas Tree! Make a set for yourself and another for a quick, DIY gift for a gardener.
I’m working on new veggie graphics right now. Comment below on what types of vegetables you would like to see and if you’d like them on wide mouth lids as well. Sign up for our newsletter or join of Facebook fan page so I can let you know when they are ready for download!