My three favorite things about this project are: 1) it is adorable, 2) it was SO easy to make, and 3) it did not cost me a dime!
Unbelievably, I still had a collection of canning jar lids & rings even after making my canning jar ring pumpkin. I’ve also had a set of Martha Stewart Adhesive Alphabet Silk Screens sitting untested in my collection of craft supplies for over a year (picked up at Michael’s with a different project in mind, but never put to use).
And yes, in case you are wondering, I DID want to make this garland with burlap at first. But after some experimenting, I found that the intricate design of the silkscreen letters was difficult to achieve in a crisp fashion on burlap. So instead I used some leftover white muslin.
I covered each jar lid with fabric, hot gluing it into place on the back of the lid. Then I used some Habeñero (“spicy” red?) Martha Stewart craft paint (from my paint stash) and a foam pouncer to gently apply each silk screen stencil to the fabric.
Once the paint dried, I secured the lid into the ring with a few dots of hot glue. Then I racked my brain to try to figure out how to hang my pretty jar lid letters in a garland. I did some thinking, got discouraged, ate a spoonful of Nutella right out of the jar (come on, like you haven’t done that?), and voilà, inspiration struck! Oh, the magical powers of Nutella.
I hot glued some silver jingle bells to the top of each ring, and was then able to thread my red & white baker’s twine through the top of the bells to make my garland!
And then there was much rejoicing. And patting myself on the back for being so clever. And asking my husband if he thought I was so very clever. And rewarding myself with, yes, just one more spoonful of Nutella straight from the jar.
Easy, cheap, and cute – just how I like ’em! (My crafts, that is, don’t get fresh). So why don’t you put your spare canning jar lids to use and make your own pretty garland? I think I may hang mine in my kitchen, since its semi food-related and all.