I have a small obsession with mason jars, as evidenced by this list of 25 Uses for Mason Jars or these glass luminaries that I tried out and adore and of course my new favorite, chalkboard paint labels on mason jars – you can do so many things with these!
And since I am constantly finding new uses for them, I thought I would share a great holiday craft using the mason jar lids – a gift tag that doubles as an ornament! It makes a very unique item to add to your gifts this Christmas.
DIY Gift Tag Ornaments
- Mason jar lids – the ring and the flat canning lid
- Ribbon or twine
- Scissors or fancy circle cutting thing (also know as a Circle Cutter – I know, I know, boring name)
- Craft glue
- Scrapbook paper – christmas and plain brown OR Paint swatches – (You may have some left over from your Yarn Turkey or your Thankful Thanksgiving Place Settings)
- Drill and drill bit – and if you have a vice, it makes the job of drilling a hole in the metal ring part of the lid much easier.
Assemble all of your supplies and make sure you have everything you need – I always mention how much of a pain it is to run out for something you have forgotten, but that is especially true during the holiday season. Most of the items needed, I bet you already have on hand.
Drill a hole (for the ribbon) in the metal ring of the lid. You will want the hole to be closer to the edge so there’s room to glue in your paper-covered lid. Please be careful, and do NOT drill a hole through your finger or hand.
Cut out the circles for the front and back of the tags – however many you need, based on how many mason jar lids you found lying around the house. I decided to try and be all fancy and use the Circle Cutter found in the scrapbooking section of the craft store – I was slightly underwhelmed, but it still cuts a better circle than I do by hand. You could also use the jar lid itself to trace the circle onto the paper.
If you already know which presents you are using these gift tags for, then go ahead and fill the “To:” and “From:” in on all of the backs of the tags, if not, you can do this later.
Now, take the circles that will be the back of your tag and using *just enough* craft glue, glue them to the canning lid. Let this set for just a minute.
Then, flip the canning lid over and apply just a bit of glue to the raised outer edge, and place the circles that you won’t to be the front of your labels there.
Now, apply glue to the inside of the metal ring and press the canning lid, with the glued circles already on it, into place. let all of this dry before you start fiddling with ribbon.
Once everything is dry, pick a coordinating ribbon or twine and start tying.
These Mason Jar Lid Tags not only work great as gift tags and ornaments, but you could also hang them on the back of a chair or place them in the center of a place setting as a name card for your holiday meal.