In brainstorming about other ways to re-purpose these jar lids, designers Michael and Cheryl Caston of CAMIC designs created Jar Lid Pulls. Jar Lid Pulls are drawer pulls that reuse the jar lids from spent food jars as well as used wooden spools of thread. Extra-long aluminum binding posts, which are commonly used for creating scrapbooks, keep all the pieces in place. The large size of the jar lids makes them easy for children to use and a great way to add an extra splash of color to your home’s décor. You will find that these drawer pulls add character to old furniture and become the conversation piece of any room. Customize your own sets by choosing the size and color of the jar lid and spool.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
- Used jar lids
- Used spools of thread (wooden or plastic)
- Note: you may want to glue the end of the thread to the spool prior to assembly
- An assortment of metal washers
- Binding Posts or Nuts and Bolts (found at local hardware store)
- If desired: Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Gloss Spray paint. Brush-on paints designed for metal would work well too.
Tools you'll need:
- A precise ruler or tape measure
- Screwdriver or Cresent Wrench
Step 2: Take Measurements
Step 3: Decide on a Color and Sand
Step 4: Drill a Hole in the Center
Note: We used Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Gloss Spray paints for the colors of the lids in our project. If spray painting the lids, prop them up on something that fits inside the rim. This way the rim will not touch (or stick to) any surfaces. A cap from an old spray paint can works well for mid-sized jar lids like the ones shown.
Step 5: Assemble the Pieces
1) Binding post or bolt
3) Jar Lid
7) Binding Post Screw or Nut
Repeat these steps for creating additional Jar Lid Pulls for your entire dresser.
Step 6: Finished!
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