Button Lid Jars





Introduction: Button Lid Jars

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Recycle your old jars and make a cute set of button lidded jars to organize your supplies.

Step 1: Watch the Video Tutorial Here!

Step 2: You'll Need


Scrap wood


Jars with metal lids

Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Black (Carbon)

Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in colors you like

Sanding block or sandpaper


Black cord


Step 3: Age Your Lid

Hit your lids with a hammer to give them an aged/beat up look

*Not too much, they still need to fit on your jars

Mark your holes and drill them

Paint the lids with black chalky finish paint

Step 4: Paint and Thread

After the black paint is dry, rub wax along the edges and dents on the lid

Paint the lids again in different colors

Lightly sand the lids to expose the black paint on the dents and edges

Thread with the black cord

Tie a knot on the underside of the lid and you're done.



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    Cool exactly what i needed for my spare-buttons jar, i was overthinking how i could achieve the same effect you created here. Thank you for sharing this idea with us. It is a very clear and good instructable you wrote.

    Oh man I have a button jar, and this getting done to the lid as soon as I can! That effect is awesome!

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    Thanks MsSweet! I'm also a HUGE Dr. Who fan........HUGE!

    Thanks Emily! It was a great way to make some cabinet space and use up all of the jars I've been saving. I can't seem to toss a jar.....ever!