I’m back with another mason-jar inspired project for you this week, this time using a different part of the mason jar you may not have expected…the lid rings!
When I first saw this idea, it was done with old rusty canning rings, and I was hooked. I love me some rusty junk decor! But I know it’s just not everybody’s thing. So I thought about a way I could make these and have them still be somewhat vintage-y (that’s totally a word, right?) and yet, also pretty and colorful for spring/summer.
I made a few different versions of these wreaths to bring to my recent Craft Show and they were a big hit. I still have some left here in my online shop if you’d like to have one in your own home.
These are super cute and better yet, super easy to make!
Here’s what you’ll need to create them:
- mason jar lid rings (I used about 37 rings for each wreath)
- chalk paint
- bendable rubber coated wire
- wire cutters
- twine or ribbon
- hot glue gun & glue sticks
- sandpaper and/or palm sander
- any decorative embellishments you wish to add
I started with a whole bunch of mason jar lid rings that I had either lying around the house leftover from jar projects or ones I picked up from the thrift store. (hint: they often sell bags of them there for only $1)
I wanted my wreaths to each have a pop of color, so I used some chalk paint in light blue, lavender and green and painted each set of rings. There were about 37 rings in each wreath.
After they had been painted and had time to fully dry, I went back over them with my palm sander and lightly distressed each ring. (I told you I heart chippy paint!)
Then it was time to bundle the rings together to form a wreath. To do this, I used some bendable rubber-coated wire – you can usually find it in the garden department this time of year – and strung each ring through the wire until they were all in a row. Then you form a circle with the wire, to create the shape of a wreath, and tie the ends of the wire together at the top.
You will want to make sure you pull it tight. You don’t want there to be excess slack in your wreath. And it’s ok if your rings overlap a bit and touch each other. You will have a way to secure them in the back with the last step.
Don’t forget to add some ribbon or twine to the top of your wreath so it has a way to hang. I added some raffia-twine to mine, and attached it to the top of my green wire, then pulled it through and tied a knot at the ends to form the hanger.
Last you need to secure the rings a bit more so they don’t go all lopsided once you hang it. To do this, I flipped the wreath over to its backside and used a hot glue gun to trace all around the circumference of the wreath. I layered the hot glue around a few times pretty thickly, so that when it dried, it would act as a solid base and the rings would stay in place nicely.
Don’t worry if this side doesn’t look all that attractive. You won’t see it at all once it is hung on the wall or a door.
Now you’ve got an adorable mason jar ring wreath to carry you from spring right into summer! You can add any embellishments you like to give it a bit more personality….dried flowers, painted wooden decorations, mini chalkboard, buttons, etc. (again, using hot glue to attach them.)
I had a lot of fun creating these unique wreaths. If you would like one of these for your own home, you can purchase one for $15 in my Etsy Shop.
Or maybe you’re feeling inspired to DIY and make one yourself!
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