How to Make Christmas Ornaments Out of Jar Lids
It is time to start planning out those Christmas gift lists. Some people prefer buying expensive gifts, but us creative types like to make things with our own hands. Designing handmade ornaments is a cost-effective way to create gifts for people on your Christmas list, and you can use supplies from around the house to do it.
For the ornaments I created, I simply painted directly on a few lids and drew pictures that I glued on other lids. Follow along with these projects below:
- Making Lids Into Painted Ornaments
- Making a Snowman Ornament
- Making a Southern California-Inspired Palm Tree Ornament
Making Lids Into Painted Ornaments
The first part of this article will illustrate how to make ornaments by painting lids.
Step 1: Prick a Hole in the Lids
- Prick a hole in the lids using a small nail and a hammer, but make sure to wear safety goggles when doing this.
- Make hangers for the lids with jewelry nylon.
Step 2: Paint the Lids
I painted Christmas-themed pictures on the lids, such as snowmen and wreaths. These had to dry on the cardboard box overnight.
Step 3: Paint Glitter Glue on the Ornaments
After allowing the ornaments to dry, I applied a bit of glitter glue to the surface of each ornament with a paint brush.
Making a Snowman Ornament
The snowman ornament below was made with my drawing of a snowman and a canning jar lid.
Step 1: Trace Around the Canning Jar Lid
I trace around the canning jar lid with my pencil to make the cut-out for the top of my ornament. I will be drawing the snowman on this paper circle.
Step 2: Draw the Snowman
The video above shows how I drew the snowman. The final drawing is shown below.
I drew a picture of the snowman inside the circle, which I shaded in with colored pencils.
Step 3: Color in the Snowman
I used colored pencils to color in my snowman drawing.
Step 4: Cut out the Snowman
I quite like how the snowman looked before I cut him out.
Step 5: Apply Glue to the Canning Jar Lid
I applied glue to the canning jar lid with a paint brush. For this project I used Mod Podge glue because it is very substantial when it comes to holding paper and other items.
Step 6: Put the Snowman Cut-out on the Lid
I placed the snowman cut-out on the lid, and pressed down on it to make sure it adhered to the glue.
Step 7: Paint Glitter Glue Over the Snowman
I painted a layer of glitter glue over the snowman to make it sparkle. The ornament dried overnight before I added the hanger made out of jewelry nylon.
In the video above you can see how I have spread a layer of glitter glue over the ornament, which will give it a painted effect once it has dried.
Step 8: Attach the Hanger for the Ornament
I used jewelry nylon to attach a hanger to my snowman ornament. The bit of sparkle reflecting off the ornament is quite cheery around Christmas, and it's much easier and cheaper than having to decorate an entire tree. My preference is just to hang up a few handmade ornaments instead.
Making a Southern California-Inspired Palm Tree Ornament
The ornament is designed with my colored pencil illustration of a Southern California palm tree decorated with Christmas balls, and the San Bernardino Mountains as a backdrop. I glued this drawing to a piece of cardboard covered with tin foil to create this handmade ornament.
Step 1: Draw the Palm Tree Scene
The drawing of the palm tree is based on a photograph I took with the San Bernardino Mountains as a backdrop.
Step 2: Color in the Palm Tree
After I completed my drawing of the palm tree scene, I began coloring in the cute little palm itself. I put Christmas balls on the palm tree to make a Christmas tree with a Southern California vibe.
In this phase of the drawing process I began coloring in the fronds of the palm tree.
The video above demonstrates what the palm tree look like as I finished coloring it in.
Step 3: Coloring in the Background
Once the palm tree was colored in, I began to shade in the San Bernardino Mountains directly behind it. This Christmas palm tree scene is based on a photograph I took here in Southern California.
In the video above I am coloring in the sky behind my little palm tree. The vibrant blue is a beautiful contrast with the blue-violet color of the San Bernardino Mountains, which actually appear to be that hue from a distance.
Above I am coloring in the sky for the palm tree ornament.
Here is the palm tree scene completely colored in.
Step 4: Glue the Palm Tree Scene on the Cardboard
I glued the palm tree scene to a cardboard cut-out covered with tin foil, and I painted glitter glue over the ornament to make it sparkle.
In this video I am attaching the palm tree drawing to the cardboard base, and painting on the glitter glue.
Step 5: Attach a Ribbon
Use a large tapestry needle to poke a hole in the palm tree ornament to attach the green ribbon. The green ribbon was tied off the make a hanger for the twinkling palm tree.
Make Something Beautiful at Home
Hopefully my handmade ornaments will inspire you to create some of your own, and to keep in mind not all holiday gifts have to be purchased at the store. You can make something beautiful at home.