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princesspatches
True Blue Farmgirl

431 Posts

arttie
iron mountain michigan
USA
431 Posts

Posted - Jul 13 2011 :  05:25:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just pulled a ton of canning jars from my ex-husbands basement (techniquically they are mine....)

Any way. I have a stack of the seals for the jars. But I do not want to re-use them and am planning to buy new ones for canning.

Any ideas on what I can do with the old ones? They are in perfect shape (no rust, still shiny) But i do not want to take the chance when caniing my food. But I also don't want to throw them away if I can re-purpose them...

Thanks
Arttie

CMac
True Blue Farmgirl

1074 Posts

Connie
Ashland City TN
USA
1074 Posts

Posted - Jul 13 2011 :  05:36:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The wide mouth ones make cute coasters. Get the thin cork that comes in sheets or a roll and cut it to fit the bottom, glue it on and you are set. I also use them for storage jars that I will not be canning. Things like dried beans etc. They could be used for freezing in canning jars too. I mark them with a small x I scratch in with a sharp knife tip so I know they are not for canning.
Can't wait to see what the other Sisters recommend!
Connie

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City Chick
True Blue Farmgirl

1194 Posts

Deb
Chicago IL
USA
1194 Posts

Posted - Jul 13 2011 :  06:04:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How about garden makers? Punch a hole in the top for a hanger and write on them. I wonder..... I have some lying around too.

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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

7005 Posts

Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
7005 Posts

Posted - Jul 13 2011 :  07:15:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It would be really neat to make a family tree mobile using them - affix pictures on one side, record memories on the other. Drill small hole in the top of the lid (or use a hammer and small nail to make the hole), and attach to a hanger at different lengths with fishing line.. You can create family "chains" by drilling holes in the tops and bottoms, connecting parents and hanging the line of children beneath them. What a neat conversation piece!


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natesgirl
True Blue Farmgirl

1735 Posts

angela
martinsville indiana
USA
1735 Posts

Posted - Jul 13 2011 :  08:04:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
They make a nice clatter and sparkle to keep birds off your garden. Just punch a hole in the edge of them and tie 3 or 4 about an inch apart on a string, then dangle them from a stake or line row marker or whatever in the garden. My girls like to tie on about 10 of them and drape between 2 stakes so they swing and sway real pretty.

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walkinwalkoutcattle
True Blue Farmgirl

1675 Posts

Megan
Paint Lick KY
USA
1675 Posts

Posted - Jul 13 2011 :  7:07:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice idea, Angela!

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FieldsofThyme
Farmgirl Guide & Schoolmarm / Chapter Leader

4928 Posts



USA
4928 Posts

Posted - Jul 18 2011 :  1:25:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Use them to make homemade Christmas ornaments.

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nancypo
True Blue Farmgirl

362 Posts

nancy
boise idaho
USA
362 Posts

Posted - Jul 18 2011 :  11:31:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
windchimes...

Be the change...

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camiesmommy
True Blue Farmgirl

113 Posts

Anne Jeannette
Stagecoach NV
USA
113 Posts

Posted - Jul 21 2011 :  8:25:08 PM  Show Profile  Send camiesmommy a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Love the windchime and garden ideas. My DH and I are always looking for new ideas to make the garden more farm appealing. I use mine for dry storage and freezing also. (Maybe it's time to replace them)

A.J.

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AuntJamelle
True Blue Farmgirl

542 Posts

Jaime
South Bend Indiana
USA
542 Posts

Posted - Sep 08 2015 :  12:44:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Saw this idea for a Quiet Book made from the old lids!

http://simplykierste.com/2010/05/book-on-a-ring.html

I have a ton of old, unused, canning lids too. Inherited them with the jars but will not use them for actual canning. I've mainly been using for general food storage like noted above, dried beans, rice, bread crumbs, dried fruits, etc. I keep them all in jars because it just looks prettier! lol
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

11518 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal Washington
USA
11518 Posts

Posted - Sep 17 2015 :  8:14:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
oh my,,, what great ideas for repurposing the lids....
I especially like the 'garden plant markers' and the for using to deter the birds from our fruit and nut trees...


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Simply Satisfied
True Blue Farmgirl

427 Posts

Emily
Montana
USA
427 Posts

Posted - Sep 18 2015 :  7:59:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I use mine for garden markers and punch holes in the. With a nail to label my tomato types by initials. I also tape them to boxes of canned goods and write on them which jam, sauce, etc is in the box.

Emily
Farmgirl # 3591
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BevRamsey1227
Farmgirl at Heart

2 Posts

Beverly
Keeling Virginia
2 Posts

Posted - Mar 07 2016 :  05:42:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Have you ever noticed that when you put your boots away or put them next to your shoes that they fall over at the ankle. I like them to stand tall. I've noticed when I see other ladies wearing there boots, they are worn at the ankle. So I decided that I want mine to stand tall and I want them to last. I didn't have the extra money to buy supports. I had some egg cartons and slid one in my boot. It was perfect and didn't cost me anything. My boots stood tall! Just make sure there isn't an egg in the carton!
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

2730 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
2730 Posts

Posted - Mar 08 2016 :  12:01:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Beverly, that is a great idea! That's a good way to repurpose egg cartons. I will keep this in mind when I buy me some boots.

Krista
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Bonnie Ellis
True Blue Farmgirl

2335 Posts

Bonnie
Minneapolis Minnesota
USA
2335 Posts

Posted - Mar 08 2016 :  10:08:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great ideas!

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queenmushroom
True Blue Farmgirl

985 Posts

Lorena
Centerville Me
USA
985 Posts

Posted - Mar 19 2017 :  12:57:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If your homemade pick covers get nasty, use those as a spare. Also use them for covers if you make the new fangled jar meals (salads, etc).

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