Old Mason brand jar rings and lids are good for more than just sealing jars and keeping foods and beverages fresh. They can be used to create countless craft projects. Some are solely decorative, while others also serve a valuable purpose. In any case, they make unique gifts, surprisingly stylish home decor and more. Instead of giving away, recycling or throwing away your old Mason jar rings and lids, use the extras to create useful and decorative items that cannot be found in ordinary stores.
Make Stylish and Practical Drink Coasters
Fabric drink coasters are essentially useless. The moisture from sweating glasses soaks right through the material and onto wood furnishings. Use old Mason jar lids and rings instead. Begin by spray priming and painting the rings using products especially for metal. The lids do not require paint, but they will require a layer of cork to absorb moisture. Trace around the lids to create circular cork inserts. Glue them to the lids using a thin layer of waterproof adhesive. Use the same adhesive to seal the inside of the rings where they meet the lids after assembly. Create a scratch-proof base by adding a circular piece of felt of the appropriate size to the bottom of each coaster.
The colors and embellishment options are endless, and the drink coasters can be made to match any decorating theme or scheme. If desired, trim the outsides of the old Mason jar rings with small gems, rickrack, ribbon, tiny buttons, little shells or other eye-catching embellishments. Browse a local craft store to look for small decorations. Your homemade coasters will work very well to protect your furnishings, and they will look fantastic too.
Create a Pretty Pincushion
Absolutely anyone can use a pincushion, even those that do not regularly sew. New shirts are often full of pins that keep collars and sleeves in place, and needles are sometimes needed for splinter removal and other unexpected tasks. Instead of keeping pins and needles in a small box or attached to cardboard sheets, create a pretty pincushion using old Mason jar lids and rings. As the first photo shows, it can look highly stylish. Simply attach a stuffed piece of fabric to an old Mason jar lid, and glue it in place using strong adhesive. Decorate around the ring with ribbon, rickrack or decorative cord. Keep it in a handy location. You never know when you might want to use a few pins, needles, or when you might need a safe place to store them.
Make a Unique Metal Pumpkin
Metal tabletop works of art are gaining in popularity. As the third photo shows, you can create a metal pumpkin with a center stem and a single green leaf. Simply string the rings around a painted cardboard tube or roll. Attach a green leaf made from construction paper or cardstock, and add a couple of twisted green chenille stems to complete the project. If desired, spray paint the rings orange before transforming them into a fall pumpkin with modern flair. It can be used to beautifully decorate the center of your fall dining table or a furnishing in your living room or entryway.
Source: Advanced Crafting Experience