Ideas to Decorate Jar Lids

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Ideas to Decorate Jar Lids
Affix labels to screw-top jars or cover them with fabric and ribbon. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

If you want to dress up your preserve jars to sell at markets, give as gifts or even to enhance the attractiveness of your pantry shelf, try decorating the jars' lids. A few scraps of fabric, ribbon or even découpage can go a long way toward making those jars of peaches and jams something you will be proud to call your own.

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Cut a circle of fabric slightly larger than the circumference of your jar lid. It should be large enough to fold the fabric edges down over the sides of the lid and secure it with a rubber band. Once the fabric is secure, cover the elastic with a decorative ribbon. Consider buying fabric in small amounts from a quilting or craft store. You can also purchase fabric bolt ends, called remnants, at a fabric store.

String and Brown Paper

Cut a circle of uncreased brown paper, such as package wrapping paper or meat wrapping paper, slightly larger than the size of the jar lid. Center the paper on the top of the lid and hold in place with one hand; with the other hand, fold down the edge of the paper around the edges of the lid. Secure the paper with white butcher's twine or plain string. This gives the jar a particularly old-fashioned look.

Knit or Crochet

Knit or crochet a circle to use as a jar lid. You can also use paper doilies or recycle cloth, knit or crocheted drink coasters if they are large enough to cover the top of the jar. Secure with an elastic band or a sturdy piece of string.


Create a découpage effect on the jar lid. Remove the lid from the jar. Paste recycled pieces of tissue paper, magazine pages or thin cereal box cardboard onto the outer lid surface only, using a mixture of craft glue diluted with water. Allow to dry. Try a mixture of two parts craft glue to one part warm water; the mixture may have to be further diluted depending on your surface to ensure that it dries clear.


Buy commercial labels or create your own using your home computer. Print a circle-shaped label that is slightly smaller than your jar lid and place it neatly on the jar lid top. Include a distinctive design and font, especially if you wish to sell your product. The label can include the name of the product, for example, "Blueberry jam," as well as your company name, for example, "Sally's Home Goodies."

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