Crafts Using Jar Lids

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April 13, 2011

It amazes me how many food and drink products I use on a daily basis that have lids on them. I have found ways to use them in craft projects, but they also make a great little dish for those little gluing or mod-podge moments. I save all my caps and lids now in a ziploc bag and use them on a regular basis.

By Mary from Palm Coast, FL

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May 15, 2019

I know from experience that jar lids get used just once, unless it's for a craft.

How to Reuse Your Canning Jar Lids for Crafts - butter knife on edge of canning jar lid and lid opener end of can opener in place

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July 7, 2019

I have inherited the white porcelain inserts for vintage ball zinc Mason canning jar lids. Does anyone have any craft ideas for the porcelain lid inserts?


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Coasters! Put cork backing on.

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July 8, 20190 found this helpful

The porcelain inserts may be more difficult to work with because you may not want to cover up the porcelain/milk-glass.

most people go to Pinterest for ideas and they do have some but the majority of the listings/ideas are for the ring top and liner so you may have to sort through to find ideas for just the inserts.


I did see several ideas for holiday/Christmas decorations/ornaments.

The problem may be with finding a way to hang these or you may have to glue them to a 'ring or something'.

Check out this site to see if you have any of these:

Here is an article that should be read by anyone thinking of using the 'hard plastic w/rubber' inserts. Older/vintage ones can be unsafe to use.
Older article but updated so if interested you need to read the complete article.

Of course, you may want to think about selling a few. Not a lot of money but still??

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April 26, 2013

I am a caring clown and go to senior's care facilities. You mentioned making tap shoes from plastic lids. I have Mason jar lids and want to make them for the seniors. I also have elastics. We will put them onto their own shoes and then have fun toe tapping to old songs like twinkle twinkle and old McDonald. Anyway you get the gist I hope.

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July 9, 20130 found this helpful

I would love to see a photo of this as I can't quite envisage it. It would be very useful for me in my job as an activity co-ordinator for dementia patients.

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October 22, 2015

This is a page about crafts using jar lids. Recycled or new jar lids can be used in a variety of craft projects or to decorate a special jar.

beaded lid

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May 17, 2017

Add pretty beads to the lid of a jar and create an lovely gift jar. This is a page about beaded lid upcycled gift jars.

Two jars with finished lids, motifs, and beads.

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May 17, 2017

Once used for canning, lids can not be used again, but they have lots of alternative uses. This is a page about uses for used canning lids.

Canning Lids

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January 16, 2020

The lids from Mason style jars can be reused in lots of crafts. This page offers a Christmas ornament project.

Mason Jar Lid Christmas Ornament - ready to hang on the tree or gift

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December 12, 2016

This is a page about making a small sandy beach display. Bring the beach home with a display of your sand and shells.

display of beach sand, sea glass, and tiny sea stars

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November 3, 2015

This is a page about making a jar lid photo magnet. Reuse the metal lids from empty jars to make decorative photo magnets.

Making a Jar Lid Photo Magnet

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