Crafts Using Frozen Juice Concentrate Lids

Before tossing these sturdy lids in the recycle bin, consider using them for craft projects. This guide contains crafts using frozen juice concentrate lids.

Crafts Using FrozenJuice Concentrate Lids
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Can Lid ChimesAnother use for those smooth can lids from the Pampered Chef Can Opener or from frozen juice concentrate. You can paint on a design of your own or use stamps. Just make sure the stamps are small enough to fit in the center of the lid where there are no ridges. Can Lid Chimes

Approximate Time: 30 minutes - 1 hour


  • smooth can lids
  • paint primer
  • acrylic paints: white, bright pink, warm yellow
  • twine
  • wooden beads and spools
  • stamps, optional
  • stick or bamboo garden stake
  • hot or tacky glue


  1. With large nail and hammer, make a hole in the top of each can lid.

  2. Prime 3-5 lids and dry.

  3. Paint desired background color.

  4. Draw on a design and paint or use desired stamp (We used a simple star). Juice Can Lid Chimes

  5. Seal with varnish.

  6. Cut several lengths of twine, about 18 inches each.

  7. Tie twine to bamboo. Add a touch of glue to hold in place.

  8. String on some beads and spools, knotting afterward.

  9. Tie on can lids at different points on each string.

  10. Finish with more beads and knots.

  11. Attach another piece of twine to edges of bamboo for hanging. Secure with glue.

  12. Add large bead to each end of bamboo and secure with glue.
This would be a cheap craft for kids. Stamps may be best for them.

Prepare lids with holes and primer ahead of time so the kids can go right to it! Juice Can Lid Chimes

By CinDy from Waynesburg, PA

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An ornament made from a juice can lid.Thrifty, easy, and lovely to behold! Let your kids or students help decorate the tree and house this year. :)

Approximate Time: 10 minutes plus drying time


  • Elmer's Glue
  • embellishments (sequins, beads, etc.)
  • hot glue gun
  • hot glue
  • stringing material (5 inches per ornament)
  • 2 juice can lids per ornament


1. Spread Elmer's glue on both juice can lids, ridge-side up.

2. Place embellishments onto glue until desired design is achieved.

3. Let dry overnight.

4. Cut stringing material to 5 inches in length.

5. Double and hot-glue ends to back of one juice lid about halfway down.

6. Hot-glue other lid's back side to the first's so they match up.

7. Decorate Christmas tree or give to grandparents as lovely and thoughtful gifts!

By Brianna from Dutch Harbor, AK

An ornament made from a juice can lid.

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Is there a way to buy frozen juice concentrate lids without buying a ton of juice? I want to use them for crafts. Thank you.

By Sherry from Portland, ME

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Perhaps try contacting your favorite concentrated juice manufacturer and ask, they may have reject lids they could sell u at a reduced cost.

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I've collected at least 100 metal caps from the frozen juice cans. What can I do with them?

By Fila P.

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Using pliers, bend the lids into bell shapes, and hang with pretty ribbon for a nice wind chime.

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Juice Lid Jack-O-LanternTransform a handful of beads and two frozen juice can lids into this grinning little guy just in time for Halloween!

Approximate Time: 25 minutes


  • blow dryer
  • 1 Tbsp. peach seed beads
  • 17 black millefiori disc beads
  • orange tempera paint
  • hot glue gun
  • hot glue sticks
  • 1 ft. green ribbon
  • clear school glue


  1. Paint one of the juice lids orange until opaque.
  2. Use blow dryer to dry paint.
  3. Pour enough clear school glue onto the orange juice lid to thickly coat it.
  4. Sprinkle the peach seed beads on the lid and the glue, pressing gently down until surface is completely beaded.
  5. Dry with blow dryer or leave to dry overnight.
  6. Insert glue stick into glue gun and turn on.
  7. While waiting for glue gun to heat up, cut 4 pieces of green ribbon approximately 1 1/2 inches long each.
  8. Cut another piece of green ribbon approximately 6 inches long.
  9. Line up the four shorter pieces of green ribbon and glue to the back side of the beaded orange lid at the top to make your Jack-O-Lantern's stem.
  10. Double the longer piece of ribbon and hot glue that onto the back as well, to make yourself a loop from which you will be able to hang your Jack-O-Lantern.
  11. Take the other juice can lid and hot glue it to the orange one, sandwiching the ribbons on the back of the orange lid, thereby hiding what was glued onto the back.
  12. Take 3 black beads for each eye, and hot glue them in a triangle formation on the face where you want them to be.
  13. Do the same with another 3 beads for the nose.
  14. Hot glue the remaining beads in the shape of a smile onto your Jack-O-Lantern, which finishes it.


By Brianna from Dutch Harbor, Alaska

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Frozen juice can and lid.Hate to throw out the metal disks that come from the ends of frozen juice concentrate "tubes"? They're such a nice heavy-duty metal with no sharp edges. Here are some recycling ideas from our creative ThriftyFun community. Post your own ideas below.


You could make a windchime with those can tops. Let your imagination run wild.

By Toni K.

Candle Holders or Coasters

They would be good to place small pillar candles on to catch the wax, or you could have your children paint them and use them as coasters, wonderful as a gift to a family member.

By sammylew

Christmas Ornaments

I have taken small simple holiday designs, drawn on paper, and double-stick tape to front of the disk. Then with a hammer and awl, punch holes around the design, completing with large hole at top, and adding a decorative cord or fishline to hang. Or glue child's picture or old Christmas card design to center and hang for unique ornaments. Add trims: boas, feathers, stickers, etc.

By Kass1967

Educational Ideas

For a preschooler, buy two sets of identical stickers, put them on the metal disks and make a matching game. You can use these to play a form of the game of "concentration." Or put letters on one side and a sticker of something that starts with that letter on the other side. For younger children, put colored dots on them to teach colors. Cut a slit in the top of a coffee can that's been covered with pretty contact paper and all the rough edges filed and let your toddler put them in the can and then dump them out.

By Jewels955

Photo Magnet

A few years ago, one of my kids' teachers took pictures of each of her students individually and cut a circle around their face and attached them inside the rim of one side of the juice can lid. On the other side, she glued a magnet and these hung on her classroom door that was metal. As each kid came into class, they took their magnet picture and placed it on her magnetized chalk board as a form of roll call and gave them responsibility lesson as well.

You could do the same at home with a picture from each year for your child. Maybe each birthday, take a picture and do that and add to it each year. Use on refrigerator as magnet collection.

By Tawnda

Homemade Tap Dancing

Take a piece of wide elastic and attach it to the lids and let kids use them as taps on their shoes. What kid doesn't like to make noise, outdoors of course! LOL

By Owenmohrbucks

Makeshift Tub Stopper

I use one as a tub stopper. Leaks a little bit, but works just fine for taking a bath.

By Jayne

Knights Costume Material

If you had a lot of them you could make your own "chain mail" vest or tabard for a knight's costume. Drill holes in 2 or 4 sides (as needed) and use jump rings or fishing line to link them in a simple over-the-head pullover.

By Heather

Garden Row Markers

We used the ends of cans for row markers in the garden. We poked 2 holes in them and pushed a bent wire (cut from clothes hanger) through them so the lid sat at the top of the wire and was easily readable while walking through the garden.

By Sheryl

Giant Checkers

Make a giant checker board on canvas, floor, patio and paint these red and black. Or glue on a magnet and decorate them with a photo, seashell or dried flower arrangement or whatever you like. Ask your child for ideas, he might come up with very creative uses!

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Uses for the metal lids that come off concentrated juice containers. Post your ideas.

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The juice cans can have old X-mas cards glued to them to make ornaments. They can have felt glued to them to make coasters or if you glue both sides to put under furniture to save floors from damage.

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Where can I get templates for frozen juice tops made with a hammer and nails? You pound holes in the top.

By Debbie G

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Google free printable clip art. You will just have to make sure the designs are small enough to fit on the lids. Also if you see a larger design that you like you could cut the part that you like off and just use that.

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Juice Can Lid Christmas MagnetsCute, quick and frugal gifts or decorations!

The magnets are used canning jar lids and smaller ones are from frozen OJ concentrate can ends. Base coat white or brown and paint faces. I used blush for the cheeks and had some wood plugs I used for the noses. For the gingers, I used fabric yoyos or strips of fabric tied into bows, hot glued onto the heads. The snow men I used pipe cleaners and little pom poms for ear muffs and a sock cut into 2 inch sections, sewn across one end, to make little hats and hot glued on.

The ginger and snow balls are from old softballs, base coated and glued onto canning jar rings. The snowball hats are from socks, cut into about 4 inch pieces, sewn across the end. I then took white "scribble" dimensional paint and did the "frosting" lines on the ginger and snowflakes on the snowballs hats. Had everything on hand!

I've sold a bunch of the ginger and snow balls for $7.50 each and the magnets for $2.50. I've "gifted" many of them already this season! I get the softballs from my son and DIL, who play on a softball team :0) Sometimes I find them at thrift stores for about $.50 each. Have fun!

By Maggie from Bloomington, MN

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