How to Recycle Mason Jar Lids to Make an Altered Sign

by Arlene Butterflykisses

In this tutorial, I will show you how to incorporate those left over mason jar lids into a home decor project!


  • Graphic 45's Botanical Tea paper collection
  • 1 Staples Shabby Chic Metal Door Pull
  • 2 Staples Shabby Chic Metal Keyholes
  • 1 Raw Wood sign (from Michael's)
  • Gesso
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Paint Dish
  • Sanding block
  • Glossy Accents
  • Hot Glue
  • Flowers
  • Paper Distresser
  • Twine and other Embellishments
  • Butterfly Punch (EK Success)
  • Sticky Tape or ScorTape
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Here is a photo of some of the supplies you'll need, but be sure to check my supply list included with this tutorial...

    Step 2

    First up... you'll need Gesso, a paint dish, paint bush and your raw wood sign (be sure to sand the sign first to smooth out any rough edges). Gesso will prime/prep the surface for the acrylic paint.

    Step 3

    Use the paint brush to cover the edges and sides of the wood sign with Gesso. Do 2 coats and allow to air dry.

    Step 4

    While you have the Gesso going... take your mason jar lids, pop the centers out and gesso the rings as shown...

    Step 5

    Then use acrylic paint to cover over the gesso on both the sign and the mason jar lid "rings". 1-2 coats, and allow to air dry.

    Step 6

    Once the paint has completely dried, use a sanding block to distress the mason jar lid "rings". Be gentle! You only want to distress slightly and don't want to remove all the paint. :-)

    Step 7

    After distressing with a sanding block, your mason jar lid "rings" should look something like this.

    Step 8

    Here is a closer look at the distressed lids...

    Step 9

    Take some G45 Botanical Tea paper and the center of the mason jar lid and use a pencil to trace it onto the design paper. We'll be cutting these circles out and inserting them back into the lids.

    Step 10

    Now we want to cover the background of the sign with design paper. Measure and distress the edges with a distress tool.

    Step 11

    Use a strong adhesive to apply the design paper to the wood sign. I'm using ScorTape.

    Step 12

    I am adding 2 layers of medium chipboard behind the 2nd layer of design paper for my sign. This will add dimension and stability to the section I will be adhering the mason jar lids to.

    Step 13

    You can see the back side here and the dimension the chipboard will create...

    Step 14

    Here is a closer look at how the chipboard "bumped up" the layer of design paper...

    Step 15

    Now I want to create the dimensional butterflies for my sign. I want to make them look as if they are "fluttering". I'm using an EK success punch. Each butterfly will be 2 layers...

    Step 16

    Add a strip of sticky redline tape (or ScorTape if you have it) to the center (backside) of 3 butterflies as shown above.

    Step 17

    Adhere the layers together as shown and pull up the wings gently on the top layer. Add pearls to the center for the butterfly's body to accent.

    Step 18

    Add dimensional squares to the backside of the butterflies before you adhere them to your project.

    Step 19

    ... and here is the final altered sign once I've finished embellishing it ...

    Step 20

    I incorporated some white doilies and Graphic 45 metal staples...

    Step 21

    Use Glossy Accents to adhere the metal Staples to your sign...

    Step 22

    The recycled mason jar lids are such a fun touch to this sign...

    Step 23

    Accent with flowers and twine...

    Step 24

    Thanks so much for joining me for this tutorial. For more information, visit the Graphic 45 blog at You can find me at Arlene Butterflykisses on Facebook. :-)