Put those old canning lids to work!
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The Perfect Plant Markers From Re-Purposed Canning Lids

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We’re full swing into winter now, with blizzards and low temps!  That also means that the canning cupboard is emptying pretty quickly.  The canning lids are piling up again, and are really getting on my nerves.

I keep a box of them in the pantry and they were spilling out over the top, screaming to be organized!  So, I humbly obeyed this week.  I went through and realized that quite a few of them were just not up to par to be used again next season.

But that frugal girl in me just couldn’t throw them out!

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Well,  I got the crafty bug.  This was perfect timing because I had gotten my seed order in last week and had onions and herbs to get started.

Last year I had found a box of 1,000 popsicle sticks for $4 and tried writing on them with Sharpie.  This turned into a huge fail!  When the sticks got wet the ink ran and I had no idea what was what!  When you think you’re planting 10 Beefsteak Tomato plants and two Cherry Tomato Plants and you end up with the opposite, it can be more than a little frustrating.

So I got out my paints, glue gun and those popsicle sticks and got to work!

Put those old canning lids to work!!

The Process

Materials:

 

Put those old canning lids to work!!

 

Start by painting your canning lids white.  This process was a little frustrating to me because I was extremely impatient that day.  But I take that as a blessing because clearly I need practice in waiting!  It took about three coats to fully cover the metal.

The next step was the fun part!  Painting (or drawing with paint pens) the plant itself and the name on your blank canvas.

All that’s left is gluing on your sticks!  I played around a bit with this and figured out that if I added the glue to the lid it always ended up crooked!  (Insert angry face!)  But adding to the stick instead made it much easier!

 

Put those old canning lids to work!!!

 

Add the markers to your seed flats and you’ll get a little smile every time you check in on your seedlings, I promise!

 

What do you do with your old canning lids?  Let me know in the comments!

  • https://plus.google.com/103307093092768322815

    These are adorable, Staci! I’ve been using old canning lids as plant markers for a few years now, but I never thought to paint them white first. This TOTALLY takes it up a notch! Can’t wait to do this with the kids. = )

    • Thanks so much Anna! They were a lot of fun and made me feel so much better putting them to work haha!

  • https://plus.google.com/117094647978416042657

    These are so beautiful. I need to do something like this, we had a couple of surprises last spring when I forgot what I planted! Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop!

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