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Project

Decorative Jar Lids

Introduction

If you're going to do creative work, your craft supplies should look the part. Here's a way to decorate basic jam jars with lively fabric scraps.

Materials

  • Fabric scraps
  • Jam jar with lid
  • Scissors
  • Spray adhesive

Steps

  1. Step 1

    First, cut out a circle big enough to cover the lid -- including the lip, inside and out. Put the fabric face down, and apply spray adhesive. Center the lid on the fabric.

  2. Step 2

    Fold up a section of the fabric so it adheres to the outside of lid lip. Snip a slit every inch or so on the remaining unadhered fabric (make sure not to cut past the edge of the lid). Press flaps over so they adhere to the interior of the lip.

  3. Step 3

    Fill jar with sewing notions (or other miscellany), screw on the lid, and get inspired for your next project.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, May 2007

Reviews (10)

  • jmpag 26 May, 2010

    Another old recycled idea, Martha, except for the spray adhesive, of course! BTW, make sure you use that in a VERY WELL- VENTILATED AREA. It's quite toxic

  • FabricButcher 26 May, 2010

    To fruity/lynn: Your method to prevent sticky scissors is a good point. But I would need the security of the fabric in place to keep me from cutting too deep. Perhaps next I'll use a brush on glue just on the very top-cut-then glue edges.

  • FruityLynn 26 May, 2010

    Why not just slit the material before spraying on the adhesive? It won't stick to your scissors.

  • jogs 2 Mar, 2010

    I put soap (something fragant ) in the pincushion part, it keeps the needles/pins sharp and the hint of lavender that I use is really nice. :0)

  • evegpt 28 Nov, 2008

    But, you wouldn't be able to screw on the top now, would you?

  • mousehouse 23 May, 2008

    Great idea you may be able to even stuff the lids and make them a little fluffy on the top for more added decoration kind of like a pin cussion anfd fun to do .

  • CookieMum 19 May, 2008

    Great Idea. I love the suggestion of decorating for kitty treats. Family and Friends will love these gifts. Thanks.

  • CookieMum 19 May, 2008

    Great Idea. I love the suggestion of decorating for kitty treats. Family and Friends will love these gifts. Thanks.

  • Jenniepoo 1 Jan, 2008

    I made these using animal print and added doggie or kitty treats to the jars. I gave them as gifts to my friends, everyone loves them!

  • semivirtual 22 Nov, 2007

    I used scrapbook paper and mod podge instead and it came out just as great! My jars look so fun and I use them all over the house!