Have you ever wondered if those jar lids from pickle or pasta sauce jars are recyclable? That plastic coating on the inside of the lid makes you wonder if it can go with the rest of your recyclables each week. Well, the answer is yes; most cities will accept the jar lids in their recycling programs, but the plastic coating on the inside is still a problem. It doesn’t get recycled along with the steel in the lid. The plastic seal actually burns off early in the recycling process, creating a harmful gas.
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
What you'll need to begin:
- 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
Measure the width of the drawer, spool of thread, and washer together to find the length required for the binding post or bolt. In the illustration, the measurement shows 2 inches. If you select a binding post or bolt that is too long, you can use washers on the inside of the drawer to make a tight fit.
Step 3: Decide on a Color and Sand
Decide if you like the existing color of the jar lid. If you prefer a different color, sand the jar lid and washers first to ensure adhesion when painting.
Step 4: Drill a Hole in the Center
Drill a hole in the center of the jar lid. You can use a hammer and nail to help get it started. After drilling the hole, you can then paint the jar lid to the desired color.
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
Assemble the parts on your dresser drawer in the following order (outside to inside):
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!
You are finished! Pat yourself on the back for reusing materials and creating an attractive and functional piece of artwork for your home.
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