4 Crafty Ways to Repurpose a Lid

Monday, May 6, 2013
Most people usually don't think much about jar lids.  They are usually just tossed in the trash or put in the recycling bin.  I have a few ideas for this lid that could be considered "creative" repurposing. The ideas below would be great for mixed media art or for crafting with kids.  So, the next time you throw that lid away, you may want to give it a second thought. Turns out you may be able to add it to your creative art explorations!

 1. Use the lid fo make repetitive or random circles on a canvas or in your journal.  The lid would also come in handy for making a perfect circle for making a pattern! 
 2.  Use the lid to cut shapes in dough or clay.  I could imagine a bucketful of lids ready to go for playing with during recess.  Smaller lids would also be perfect for making circles for jewelrymaking (pendants) and ceramic projects (holiday ornaments)!
 3. Use some Puffy Paint to add shapes on top of the lid to make cool personalized stamps!  Make sure that the paint is thick enough that it will make a nice stamp that stands out from the base. The thicker you apply the paint, the longer it will take to dry, so wait a couple days after you apply a heavy application before you load your stamp for use!
4. Lastly, lids make the perfect little palette for small painting or decoupage projects. This is a great solution for when you are hosting a painting party with kids and each person gets just a small portion of paint.  The lid isn't too deep and it doesn't really matter if the paint or glue dries inside it!  It could be reused time and time again!

Hope you find these little tips helpful for your next art project. Repurposing a lid for arts and crafts projects isn't rocket science, but it's always nice to have simple supplies that go the extra mile (and don't cost anything)! 

What other crafty uses can you think of for a basic lid?