Altered Art Harvest Canning Jar Lids
The summer of 2006 brought us an incredible garden and fall harvest. I spent a good portion of August and September canning and preserving the yields of our bumper crop gardens. Salsa, tomato stew, pickles, beets, peppers and more! Though I am now finished, it really seemed like it was never going to end.
As most canners, I enjoy giving gifts of homemade salsa, jams and other goodies to our friends and family. I probably spend just as much time decorating the jars and making goodie baskets. However, try as I do, it is often difficult to get those empty jars back, even with threats of no more salsa. This years was no exception, and with my bumper crop I found my self scrounging and scraping the bottom of the jar pile. I did manage to come up with a few jars from a variety of sources, so with some good scrubbing and brand new shiny brass lids I was back into the canning.
During the cleanup of jars, I gathered up all of the old lids and threw them into the recycle box to be sent off to our local recycle. The lids were rusted, dented and most had lost their shine. Though I felt bad to be disposing of them, I do have a standard that I must maintain for my canning.
Later that night in bed, I found myself thinking about those silly jar lids and what could I do with them. Then I found myself telling myself that "I can't recycle everything nor can I save the whole world of garbage so get a grip and leave them for the recycle"!
But in the morning when I woke up I knew exactly what to do with them. So here I was in my pj's hadn't even brushed my teeth and I was digging and clanging in our recycle box to fetch the lids. My husband thought I totally lost it when I came into the room wearing about 30 metal jar rings on my arms in my pj's.
Then armed with a rubber mallet and a hammer I went outside to the sidewalk with my lids and smashed, hammered and rubber mallet the lids flat. I only did 2 lids, but they were the most beautiful dented rustic vintage picture frames I had ever seen! I have now used some of them in my postcard art for you to see, with many plans to use these in my scrapbooks and altered book arts too!
My husband Tom has since flattened some more in his vice. Using a vice does give a "flatter" finish but use whatever tools you have available to make these fun frames for your vintage art projects. I am sure even your car tires on the driveway would work, but you are completely on your own! Have fun!
Below are some samples of projects I have made using the jar lids.