Decorating a home for the holidays can be a fun affair, but it can also be a very expensive one if you intend to buy all your decorations from the store. Rather than skip decorating altogether, there is another option—make your own DIY decorations!
For those who love celebrating Halloween above other holidays, this arts and crafts project is perfect for you, especially if you or someone you know has a bunch of old canning lid bands they are not using anymore or intend to throw away. These pumpkins—made right from canning bands—can be as holiday-themed as you prefer, or they can be designed to invoke more general fall themes. Requiring little more than a few pipe cleaners, some hot glue, and a paint color of your choice, it’s not hard to imagine knocking out a dozen of these in one afternoon. So, if you want to try to be more frugal in your decorating endeavors, let’s get started on these mason jar lid pumpkins!
Materials and Supplies
- Around 25 canning bands
- 4 sticks of cinnamon
- 2 pipe cleaners or string/yarn
- Hot glue and gun
- Spray paint (optional)
- Ribbon, string, raffia, or twine (optional)
- Silk berries, flowers, etc. (optional)
Directions for Mason Jar Lid Pumpkins
- Before you begin, you must decide if you would prefer the pumpkin to have color. If so, choose a spray paint with a color of your choosing and spray every canning band, making sure to apply two coats to each side and letting them dry for 20 minutes in between coats.
- Before assembling your pumpkin, ensure every canning band is facing one direction and that they are all the same size—regular or wide mouth.
- Twist the pipe cleaners together to turn them into one longer pipe cleaner. Make sure they are secured together tightly.
- With the canning bands ready to go, run your long pipe cleaner in through the bands, connecting all of them together and securing the pipe cleaner as tightly as possible.
- If needed, fan the bands out, so they take on the proper shape of a pumpkin, but it should naturally take on the shape of one.
- Finally, to make the pumpkin’s stem, hot glue the sticks of cinnamon together (pairs of two should work). On the bottom side of the cinnamon bundle, add a little hot glue to provide stability and then insert the bundle into the pumpkin’s center.
- Enjoy your mason jar lid pumpkin!
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