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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

How to Make Canning Jar Lid Wreaths

Updated August 29, 2019
How to Make Canning Jar Lid Wreaths
How to Make Canning Jar Lid Wreaths

Spruce up your holiday decor (and put those canned lids to work) with these adorable Canning Jar Lid Wreaths.  Perfect for hanging from the tree or tying onto a gift, these recycled Christmas ornaments are classic and contemporary.  You can make them with ease by watching this tutorial on How to Make Canning Jar Lid Wreaths from craft designer, Bernadette Fox.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

MaterialsRecycled Materials

Primary TechniqueGreen Crafting

Easy

SeasonWinter

HolidayChristmas

Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Canning jar lids or rings
  • Mesh bag from the grocery market (often found holding oranges and onions)
  • 26 gauge wire
  • Sprigs of greenery
  • A small ornament (I used miniature pine cones I found in the woods)
  • A meaningful word written on a wooden craft piece or a plastic lid ("Joy", "Peace", "Merry Christmas", "Love")

How to Make Canning Jar Lid Wreaths

Instructions:

  1. Drill two holes close together on the side of the canning jar lid.  You will use these holes for the hanger made from the wire. The same wire will also be used to attach the meaningful word.

  2. Drill two more holes close together at about 5 o'clock from the hanger holes, but this time on the top of the lid. These holes will be used to attach the bow you make from the mesh bag, greenery, and small ornament.

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My mom made these with photos each year for unique Christmas gifts for people that we loved. She would put a photo on the back and use cotton balls to place around the frame for a festive look. Sometimes, we added glitter to the cotton balls to make them sparkle. You can add any color ribbon to make them hang from the tree or fit into any color scheme. With digital printers and simple photo paper, you can make a ton of these for family and friends.

Always looking for cool things to do for Christmas and also reuse the stuff I already have around the house! It would be really cute to put the persons name on the ornament instead of just the words and use them as gift tags!

Love this project.

Very nice and easy project.

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