Mason jars—long prized for their durability, clean design, and tight-fitting lids—can easily be altered for uses other than food storage. Use to hold sewing notions and add a padded fabric pincushion to keep pins close at hand, or adorn flat lids with paper to showcase dry goods. Purchase a pack—they are cheaper by the dozen—and you’ll have plenty to put to use in every room.
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You Will Need
If you don’t need a pincushion top, omit
Steps 2–4 and follow Steps 5–6 to
decoupage the lid instead. Use the flat lid
to trace a circle onto the pretty paper. Cut
out the marked circle, apply the glue stick to
the reverse of the paper, and affix to the top
of the lid, pressing firmly into place.
Apply a coat of decoupage medium to
the paper and smooth out any bumps.
Let dry and then fill the jar with colorful
collections. Create a tasteful vignette by
decorating canning jars of various sizes and
displaying them together as a group.
TINKER TIP Avoiding getting the
decorated lids wet.
FANCY THIS Wrap jars with a band of
ribbon and tie in a knot or bow. Tuck a
sprig of millinery flowers close to the knot.
Tinker spools of thread for your
pincushion jar by cutting squares of pretty
labels, punching a hole in the center,
sticking to the ends of a spool, and
trimming to fit.