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princesspatches Posted - Jul 13 2011 : 05:25:45 AM
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...

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queenmushroom Posted - Mar 19 2017 : 12:57:53 PM
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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Bonnie Ellis Posted - Mar 08 2016 : 10:08:12 PM
Great ideas!

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MaryJanesNiece Posted - Mar 08 2016 : 12:01:15 PM
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.

BevRamsey1227 Posted - Mar 07 2016 : 05:42:42 AM
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!
Simply Satisfied Posted - Sep 18 2015 : 7:59:57 PM
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.

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katmom Posted - Sep 17 2015 : 8:14:05 PM
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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AuntJamelle Posted - Sep 08 2015 : 12:44:25 PM
Saw this idea for a Quiet Book made from the old lids!

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
camiesmommy Posted - Jul 21 2011 : 8:25:08 PM
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)


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nancypo Posted - Jul 18 2011 : 11:31:14 PM

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FieldsofThyme Posted - Jul 18 2011 : 1:25:54 PM
Use them to make homemade Christmas ornaments.

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walkinwalkoutcattle Posted - Jul 13 2011 : 7:07:22 PM
Nice idea, Angela!

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natesgirl Posted - Jul 13 2011 : 08:04:22 AM
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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Ninibini Posted - Jul 13 2011 : 07:15:35 AM
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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City Chick Posted - Jul 13 2011 : 06:04:29 AM
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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CMac Posted - Jul 13 2011 : 05:36:13 AM
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!

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