Thursday, December 13, 2012

Pine cone topped jar lids

Good morning!

There is a fresh skiff of snow on the ground this morning and the kids were taking guesses as to what made the tracks up the sidewalk. Was it rabbit or a raccoon? Or?

Today I'd like to share a little project that I've featured in our shop: pine cone topped jar lids. Mason or canning jars are really great for storing things and they can hold so many different kids of gifts.

I have three old blue pint jars on my kitchen counter filled with different flavored and colored baking chips (butterscotch, white chocolate, and cherry (found those at Fleet Farm)) simply because they remind me of my grandma, who always had some old blue jars full of chips on her counter. I only wish I could find the miniature purple chips or the mix of white, red, and purple (blue?) chips she used to have. Also, my jars don't have the zinc lids she had, and so I think they look much better and more fitting with my "up north" house in the woods with pine cone topped lids.

What you'll need:

wide or narrow mouth canning jar rings
pine cones
hot glue or other craft glue of your choice


Mark and cut a 6" diameter circle out of your fabric with pinking shears or deckle edge rotary cutter for narrow or regular mouth jar lids. For wide or large mouth jar lids, cut your circle at 7 1/2" diameter.

Run a bead of glue around the top of the jar ring and press onto the back side of your fabric in the center. Run a bead of glue around the side of the ring and quickly press the fabric down around it, allowing it to gather a bit in a few places. Hold it until the glue sets enough to hold the fabric on it's own. Hot glue sets quickly and that's why I use it instead of craft glue.

Tip: I found a plastic cap from a small jar of a very popular hazelnut chocolate spread is the perfect size to hold a narrow mouth ring, so I simply center the fabric over that cap, glue around the ring and quickly smash it down into the plastic cap. Viola! Much faster.

Next, cut three or four strands of raffia long enough to go around the ring and tie in a knot. Put a dab of glue on the fabric in one spot on the ring and press the raffia strands into it. Do this again 1/4 turn around the ring either side of the first spot. Tie the raffia together in a knot in the front, pulling it tight. Slide the knot up slightly, add a dab of glue and push the knot down over it.

Finish by placing your pine cone on top and when you have it just so, put a good dab of glue on the part of the pine cone that you want to rest on the lid and press it gently onto the lid.

Ta-da! Enjoy. I only have pictures of the completed project, but if will try to provide additional photos of the process in a future post if requested.
This year's canning adventure: crab apple pickles.

The really great thing about making the decorated rings this way is they can be used over and over and they don't involve the lid so they can go right onto your own home canned goods.

Have a great day!