You can make free Christmas ornaments and other year round decorations with lids you've taken off the tops and bottoms of soup, tuna, juice, and other cans with the can opener. Just use a permanent marker to draw out a flower (or whatever) and then cut it out with tin snips. You can color the metal with permanent markers. Use care, wear work gloves because the metal can cut you. Keep away from children!
Lids cut from food cans using a side-cutting type can opener can be made into charming low-cost unique ornaments for the tree or wall hangings.
Approximate Time: 10-15 minutes
Side-cutting can opener
Christmas fabric with desire motifs
Quilt batting or other padding material
Cool melt glue gun
Metal lids cut using a side-cutting can opener
Felt in matching color
Narrow ribbon in matching color
Pre-gathered lace or other trim to compliment fabric
Remove lids from cans of various sizes using a side-cutting type can opener. Check for sharp edges, and wash lids.
Use the lid as a template to mark the various materials needed. For each ornament, mark:
One motif fabric circle on the back of the fabric. Make sure there is at least a 1/2 inch margin around it. (This piece needs to be cut larger than the lid
Two pieces of thin, or one piece of thick quilt batting
one piece of felt
Cut out the motif fabric at least 1/2 inch larger than the marked line, and cut the rest of the pieces on the marked line.
Place the batting inside the lid rim on the outside of the lid. It can be tacked down with a small dot of glue to keep it in place.
Lay the lid with the batting face-down on the motif fabric, checking to be sure the motif on the fabric is centered on the lid. Use the glue gun and tack down the fabric edges to the back of the lid, pulling the fabric slightly tight, alternating side to side with your glue spots to keep it centered.
Tack down the lace to the back of the ornament. Make sure it is gathered enough to lie flat, and plan on overlapping on a side or bottom of the ornament.
Attach a loop of ribbon for a hanger to the back of the ornament at the top.
Glue the piece of felt to the back all the way around.
I bought a Pampered Chef can opener and my husband and I had a time figuring out how to use it! When we did, I found a new source of craft materials - can lids! With this can opener, the edges are smooth. You could also use lids from frozen fruit juice concentrate.
Approximate Time: 15 minutes
Smooth-edged Can Lids
Ribbon for Ornaments
Magnet for Memo Holders
Prime the lids and allow to dry. Cut photo to fit lid and attach.
Attach trims such as tinsel pipe cleaner for Christmas Ornament (shown) or coordinating rick rack for memo holder, as well as beads or tiny flowers, etc.
Attach ribbon to top for ornament. Attach magnet to back for memo holder.
Create unique Christmas tree ornaments using metal lids with pull-tabs!
Approximate Time: 20-30 minutes or less
button, ric-rac, or other embellishment
metal lid with pull-tab
Wash and dry the metal lid with pull-tab. Be careful not to cut yourself on any sharp edges.
Cut a fabric circle approximately 4 inches larger in diameter than the lid size. In my sample, the lid had a diameter of 3 inches. I cut a fabric circle with a 7 inch diameter.
Cut a circle from quilt batting approximately 1 inch wider in diameter than the metal lid. Place the lid on top of the batting as shown and mark the location of the pull-tab. Cut the batting on the marked lines and remove this small piece. Next, place the lid back on the top of the batting and glue the batting onto the lid. The batting edges should wrap around the edges of the lid. Unless you have lots of time to wait for the glue to dry, you might want to use hot glue which dries almost instantly.
Thread a needle with a long length of thread and knot the ends. Place a running stitch around the outer edge of the fabric. (When making the fabric "yo yo." Some people turn the raw edges of the fabric to the wrong side of the fabric as they stitch; others simply do a running stitch leaving the edge flat and the raw edge exposed.)
Once you've stitched all the way around the circle, insert the metal lid. It will be necessary to cut a slit in the fabric to allow the tab to poke through. On the sample ornament, I made a slit 1 1/4 inch in from the edge of the fabric and wide enough to allow the tab to pass through. Be sure to place the batting- covered side of the lid up so that the batting is facing you. Once the lid is safely positioned inside the fabric circle, pull the thread taut and secure with 2-3 whip stitches. (There are many online sites which can explain in detail exactly how to sew a yo yo in case my directions are unclear.) Click here: Making Fabric Yo Yos
The last thing to do is hot glue a button on the front of the ornament. Simply position it over the hole of the yoyo. You could also glue ric-rac around the ornament edges or decorate the fabric with dots of glitter. The exposed pull-tab can be painted or wrapped with yarn if you do not care for the bare metal look.
Use your imagination to create truly unique ornaments that can adorn your tree for years to come. These cute ornaments can also be placed on presents.