{create this} oh happy day banner made with canning jar lids

I have been trying to reign in my crazy compulsion to buy random things (usually on clearance) with the thought, “I can totally make something with that!”    This same affliction occasionally manifests itself in the inability to throw anything away.  Can anyone relate?

I will admit that I failed miserably during a recent trip to Walmart for goggles for The Bugs and laundry detergent.  Case in point:  the .35 packages of canning jar lids in the clearance aisle.  

But aren’t they so cute … all gingham checked and red-n-white?!  And for $1.05 for three packages, at least I didn’t break the bank.  AND I made something fun to celebrate a great summer day or just any perfectly lovely day … let’s {create this}!   

Here is what I used:

  • 9 canning jar lids (if you can only find the silver lids, mod podge some pretty paper on!)
  • chipboard scrapbook letters, washi tape (!), various embellishments, paper, paper punches, ribbons, felt, buttons, bakers twine, etc. – get creative with whatever fun stuff you have on hand
  • adhesive/craft glue
  • Crop-o-Dile (or something that can punch holes through the metal lids) 
Here are the close ups and embellishment details for each lid :)

  • oh:  ruler paper chain link (East India Paper Co.), washi tape, white chipboard letters
  • button spacer:  white scallop paper punch (inked of course), 3 buttons, bakers twine
  • h:  kraft scallop paper punch, yellow velvet scallop ribbon,white chipboard letter
  • a:  kraft scallop paper punch, washi tape, white chipboard letter
  • p:  kraft scallop paper punch, torn piece of handwriting paper, white chipboard letter, small knot of gingham ribbon
  • p:  kraft scallop paper punch, K & Co. label, washi tape, white chipboard letter
  • y:  kraft scallop punch, Pink Paislee summer punch outs, white chipboard letter
  • heart spacer:  white scallop paper punch, blue felt heart, yellow paper flower, pin
  • day:   ruler paper chain link (East India Paper Co.), washi tape, white chipboard letters 

I punched holes in the lids with my Crop-o-Dile … she’s such a crafty beast!!  I tied the lids together with simple white twine (so I didn’t distract from the letters and embellishments) and added colorful ribbons and baking twine to the end of the banner to hang it with.

The bold primary colors and crafty hodge podge just make me smile!  Use magnets to hang it on your fridge, add it to a summer mantel or punch the holes so it hangs vertically if you have less space!  If you can’t find canning jar lids, try chipboard circles or up-cycle round chipboard restaurant coasters.

Boy did it feel good to get back in my craft room … I have a feeling you might just see a few more {create this} posts in your future … after all, I have .70 of canning lids left to craft with!!

This project or recipe was shared at the blogs on my Link page!


  1. This is so darling!!! Love the idea!

  2. That is too cute! Would have never thought of doing this although I’ve seen those cute lids around!

    Also, I nominated you for The One Lovely Blog Award and The Very Inspiring Blogger Award! You were one of the first blogs to feature me and I was so excited! You’ve inspired me in so many ways with awesome tutorials like this one and great link parties =)


  3. Adorable !!!! I have always asked myself what can I do with these lids. Love it !!

  4. Oh fun! I am going to swing by our Walmart here tomorrow to see if the lids are on clearance here too. I’d love for those to brighten up the strawberry jam I hope to make soon!

  5. So very sweet. Great use of the canning jar lids. Love it!


  6. Beautiful banner!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  7. What a fabulous idea. You did such a good job with this. Jodi @ http://www.meaningfulmama.com

  8. I absolutely adore this idea! It turned out so cute, makes me want to make something pretty with my canning lids. Oh, and I agree that the Crop-o-dile tool totally rocks. Great job!!

  9. Great idea and looks adorable! Liz

  10. How darn cute is this!? Way to go. I love those jar lids every time I see them at Wal Mart but hadn’t thought of using them in this way. Great job.


  11. totally cute. I would love if you linked them up to Show Off Monday @ Kampenlane.com



  12. Awesome idea! Glad to hear I’m not the only craft supply hoarder ;)

  13. Keri,

    So cute. So clever. And I love the use of the washi tape too! And, yes, I’m guilty of buying things with the idea of somewhere sometime in the future it will be made into something …



  14. Keri,
    These are just so adorable! Thanks for sharing!
    What Meegan Makes

  15. Your banner is too cute. If you couldn’t find the gingham lids, you could spray paint the plain ones. I would love it if you shared this on Tout It Tuesday. http://www.claimingourspace.com/2012/07/tout-it-tuesday-13.html

  16. So cute! I have a package of these same lids that I bought last year on clearance. I thought I might use them when I canned strawberry jam but I think this is a much better idea!

  17. This is so cute! I’m a new follower from the Sugar & Dots Free Add Space party, and I’m so glad I clicked on you! I absolutely love your blog and I consider myself a geek who possibly watches some reality tv :) Please stop by to check out my stuff if you have time: http://www.redheadedmommy.com
    Jacki O.

  18. Super cute!!!

  19. what a cute idea! I saved a bunch of baby food jars that I could do this with too!

  20. This is sooo stinkin adorable.. I am going to feature it on next week’s Pink Hippo Party! Thanks for sharing with the pInk Hippo!
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  21. So creative and cute! What a great clearance find, that’s my favorite section!

  22. So freakin’ adorable!!!! Love them!

  23. Super cute.. Love it! Thanks for linking up at Friday Fun Party.. Have a nice weekend :)

  24. this is cuter than cuteness…love it! ♥

  25. So sweet and cheerful! What a fun project, and I love your unique use of materials. It’s a win!!
    : )

  26. Keri these are wonderful! I am going to go grab some of these at the store.

    We would LOVE it if you stopped in and shared it in the Crafty Showcase. We also put out a challenge for people to link up Christmas for our Christmas in July Party!

    Hope you can join the fun!

    Susie @Bowdabra

  27. Very, very cute! So fun!

  28. Absolutely awesome! I love it! -Marci

  29. Oh my goodness! This is too stinkin’ cute! I love it. Thanks for sharing.

  30. I absolutely love this! I totally pinned it!

  31. That’s such a cute idea! Don’t think I’ve seen a banner made from those before. I love how it turned out!

  32. What a super cute idea! I have the perfect place to hang it and some extra lids I bought last year. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!
    ~ Terrie (your new follower)

  33. This is soo cute!!! LOVE this idea!! :) :) Happy day to you!! xx Holly

  34. Love this! I’m going to Walmart tomorrow and you can bet I’ll be looking for some of these!

  35. The epitome of summer–very clever! :)

    Erin @ Carolina Country Living
    (visiting from Free Pretty Things for You)

  36. Keri,

    This is so stinkin’ cute I can’t stand it! Like you, I suffer from the “compulsion to buy random things that I am sure I can make other things out of, as well as the inability to throw things out”. It is quite possible we were separated at birth, as I live in NY, you in FL, and we all know that at some point all NYers MUST move to FL!

    I found you blog post through your feature at A Diamond in the Stuff, and I am definitely following you from now on! Great stuff here, particularly great writing!

  37. Visiting from Positively Splendid. Cute idea and pinned it to Garlands, Banners and Buntings pinboard.

  38. Love the canning jars and red gingham is just so summery! Thank you for sharing it at A Crafty Soiree, I’ve featured your project in this week’s new post. Up tonight at midnight, come check it out when you get a chance :)

  39. Love those lids…love you banner,,you are too clever (you do realize I could feature all of your projects every week!)

  40. Cute, cute, cute! I would have never guessed they were canning jar lids. What a fun project!

    Thank you so much for linking up to the Pinworthy Projects Party.

  41. Super Super Super cute! I really love this banner you made out of canning jars. Please come share this at our link party – “Home is Where the Heart is” http://www.homesteadsimple.com/home-is-where-the-heart-is-link-it-up-wednesdays-2/
    Please feel free to link any other posts you’d like to share!

  42. This is awesome! How did I miss this before? thanks for linking up to the Summer Inspiration Party!

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