Retro Christmas Ornaments from Canning Jar Lids and Christmas Gift Wrap

Retro Christmas Ornaments from Canning Jar Lids and Christmas Gift Wrap

A few years ago, I made these DIY Wreath Ornaments using the bands from canning jars after I bought a set of mason jars to use as drinking glasses. I had no intention of making another ornament craft with them again…but then thrifting fate intervened. Earlier this year, I came across a bag of canning jar lids – in various sizes, colors, and brands…and I couldn’t bear to leave it behind.

Canning jar lids and bands from ball jars at a thrift store for upcycling into shatterproof ornaments

After mulling over different ways to upcycle them, I decided to pair them up with scraps of vintage Christmas wrapping paper. I had plenty left over from this project of mine and it just seemed like a match made in DIY heaven!

Xmas wrapping paper or Christmas gift wrap that is vintage and retro for Christmas craft projects

Unlike the mason jar lid wreaths I made before, this upcycling idea would use both the lid and the band. So, I gathered some crafting materials and went to work on my idea for retro Christmas ornaments.

Lids and bands from canning jars or vintage mason jars for upcycling into retro Christmas ornaments

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Upcycling Canning Jar Lids and Christmas Gift Wrap

To get started, I needed a way to hang the shatterproof ornaments. So I gathered a few canning jar lids and popped holes in the them using an awl.

Drilling a hole in canning jar lids for upcycling into retro Christmas ornaments with Xmas wrapping paper

I set the bands aside to then focus on the vintage Christmas wrapping paper. I needed scraps that had good graphics (size, color, etc.) that would fit inside the canning jar lids.

Once I isolated the image, I cut it out to fit the lid (either by tracing or using a rotary cutter around the ring).

Graphics on Christmas gift wrap that fit inside the canning jar lids to become the shatterproof ornaments

Since the Christmas gift wrap was fragile and easily torn, I wanted to laminate it. I don’t have a machine to do that, but no problem- I just grabbed laminating sheets which are super easy to use.

I cut a laminating sheet into quarters- using one quarter on the front and one on the back of my gift wrap circle.

Laminating sheets on vintage Christmas wrapping paper to place inside the canning jar lids

Make sure you use the flat canning jar lid to smooth out the laminated wrapping paper- rub it like a quarter on a scratch-off lottery ticket all over and in multiple directions- trust me!

Then, I trimmed off the excess laminating sheet and trimmed my gift wrap insert. I wanted to make sure if fit perfectly inside one of the canning jar lids!

Making some retro Christmas ornaments with canning jar lids and Christmas gift wrap

Next, I used a quick-dry glue to attach the laminated wrapping paper graphics to the canning jar lids.

Gluing the Xmas wrapping paper to the canning jar lids to make DIY ornaments

While I forgot to take photos, I also spray painted my canning jar lids (the bands) in Christmas colors that coordinated with each gift wrap circle!

I used more quick-dry glue on the inside of the ring, lined up my graphic with the hole I punched in the ring earlier, and glued it in place.

Vintage Christmas wrapping paper that has been upcycled with lids and bands from Ball jars

Retro Christmas Ornaments with Canning Jar Lids and Christmas Gift Wrap

Lastly, I slipped a knotted loop of embroidery floss through the hole in the band. Now I could hang my retro Christmas ornaments on the tree!

Embroidery floss as an ornament hanger on retro Christmas ornaments from canning jar lids

And that’s it- a whole series of shatterproof ornaments from canning jar lids and vintage Christmas wrapping paper. Such fun craft project to do with the girls, the grands, or solo this holiday season.

Shatterproof ornaments that are made by upcycling the Xmas wrapping paper and lids from ball jars or canning jars

These are ideal for anyone who needs ornaments that won’t break…and they don’t take up much room to store, either.

And you certainly don’t have to use Christmas gift wrap with your canning jar lids. Old Christmas cards, holiday craft paper, or printables from sites like The Graphics Fairy would be perfect as well.

Upcycling the Christmas gift wrap and canning jar lids into retro Christmas ornaments that won't break

I never get tired of DIY Christmas Ornaments – especially when I can upcycle items from my craft stash together!

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  1. girlfromwva says

    love them!

  2. Debra A Wise says

    Love these ornaments! You are so creative. Where did you get the vintage Christmas wrapping paper?

  3. So cute, Sarah. I love mason jar crafts. I’m just getting started on Christmas projects.

  4. Fun! Love the vintage wrapping paper. Makes me think of my grandma. Visiting from Dishing It Digging It party.

  5. Linda Nelson says


  6. Love your projects as usual! Laminating them is genius! I’d leave the metal lid off and let the light shine through them too; I’m a sucker for the stained glass look! These wjould also be great for grands to make for grandparents with their school pictures! I’m waiting to find a bunch of lids–cheap. Did buy a baggie of juice lids that already had Christmas/birthday cards glued to them; someone musta cleaned out their stash. Embellished the edges with lace, some with pearls, a ribbon to hang…to the church fair they went! I’d love to see more of your Christmas ideas.

  7. Love them! I have old Christmas cards that would be cool to use this way. Can’t wait to see what else you come up with. 🙂

  8. Patty Soriano says

    If you can’t find colorful floss, there is that popular striped string (can’t think what it’s called) at Dollar Tree. In Christmas colors! One package of 3 or 4 for $1.00.

  9. Love these, need to dig the my moms LARGE stash of canning supplies!

  10. Diana Gashwiler says

    Very cute idea! I think I would add another cut out circle to the back side of the ornament, in case it turns around while on the tree. I have used this idea for lids on gift in a jar presents!

  11. Oh does that vintage wrapping paper take me down memory lane. Love these ornaments, Sarah and pinned to share.

  12. Peggie Russo-Millard says

    Love the ideas.

  13. Love these, Sarah! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  14. I love mason jar crafts in general and really love these lid ornaments. But it’s the vintage paper that really make these ornaments extra special. Love these!

  15. I love anything vintage, and this idea of your vintage Christmas ornaments are perfect! I wil for sure make this to hang on our tree. Thank you, and Happy Holidays

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