Another 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.
Approximate Time: 30 minutes - 1 hour
smooth can lids
acrylic paints: white, bright pink, warm yellow
wooden beads and spools
stick or bamboo garden stake
hot or tacky glue
With large nail and hammer, make a hole in the top of each can lid.
Prime 3-5 lids and dry.
Paint desired background color.
Draw on a design and paint or use desired stamp (We used a simple star).
Seal with varnish.
Cut several lengths of twine, about 18 inches each.
Tie twine to bamboo. Add a touch of glue to hold in place.
String on some beads and spools, knotting afterward.
Tie on can lids at different points on each string.
Finish with more beads and knots.
Attach another piece of twine to edges of bamboo for hanging. Secure with glue.
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!
We use to use the lids to make nail punch designs and decorate with trimming around the edge for Christmas tree ornaments. Just trace a small design on the lid and using hammer and nail, tap around the design evenly. Add a string for hanging. Designs could be a bell, Christmas tree, snowman, etc., the possibilities are endless.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Makeshift Tub Stopper
I use one as a tub stopper. Leaks a little bit, but works just fine for taking a bath.
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.
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.
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!
Make a Memory game by gluing a pair of pictures to the recessed sides of two lids. Make as many pairs as you think the child can handle. Place them face down in whatever configuration the child wants, turn them over two at a time to find matches. Use themes (animals, letters, numbers, colors, shapes, states and capitols, etc.) depending on the age of the child. You could even introduce children to their wider family by using family photos.
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.
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!