My youngest has expensive taste in raspberry jam. She can pick it out of a blind taste test. So I have a lot of Bonne Maman empty jam jars in the cupboard. I’m always looking for ways to give them away or upcycle them. I made some Christmas candle holders for the school fair so I had a pile of lids. As I was clearing up a vintage Flower fairies book I cut up a few years ago, I had an idea. Here’s my how to upcycle jam jar lids into Flower fairy decorations. You will need:
- Jam jar lids – clean*
- Decorative paper for the insert – I used a vintage Flower fairies book
- A compass, pencil, scissors and glue
- Paint – these lids are metal so you need metal paint – and paint brush
- Glue gun
- Ribbon or twine
*I clean my jars by first sitting them in a bowl of boiling water and if some glue remains, I use a glue remover like De-Solv-It Sticky Stuff Remover
I started by preparing the decorative paper inserts. Using a compass I picked out the details in the images which I wanted to insert into the lids. I then cut them out.
The paint I picked for this project was goodhome furniture paint from B&Q . I wanted to try it out as it’s reasonably priced and has some nice colours. It’s low VOC, describes itself as self-priming and suitable for metal. I picked autumnal colours: chueca and santa fe in flat matt. I would say that the paint is very thick and I wouldn’t use it on furniture. It worked well on metal though. Weirdly the yellow needed a 3rd coat to cover the red but I didn’t prime and it went on well with a nice matt finish. I love the colours.
I picked up these small brass ring and plates at B&Q too. They came in a pack of 6 – this was the most expensive part of the project so you could look around to see if you could find something similar but cheaper. I glue gunned them on, taking care to avoid the lip on the lid.
I photographed them here with my Flower fairy book from the 1980s. I think they would make a stunning Christmas decoration but also a beautiful keep sake.
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Happy Christmas making!