Once you’re done canning something, you remove the ring for storage, then what do you do with it? If you’re anything like me, you have a ton of mason jar rings sitting in a box somewhere, not being put to use because you have so many of them!
So I was thrilled to be able to use them for such a fun project. It’s really easy to make too. Painting takes the longest.
If you don’t want a pretty sparkly pumpkin like I made, you could use spray paint (that’s what a lot of the tutorials I have seen recommend). Even though it took longer to use acrylic paints, I am really happy with how my mason jar ring pumpkin turned out!
Whimsical Mason Jar Ring Pumpkin Centerpiece
- Around 20 clean mason jar rings (regular or wide mouth work; more for a tighter pumpkin; less for a looser one)
- Flat orange paint
- Glitter orange paint
- Foam brushes
- Cinnamon sticks (you can get much better prices on Amazon than at the grocery store)
- Fall colored leaves (I used some from the dollar store)
- Paint one side of the mason jar rings with the flat paint, then allow to dry (about an hour).
- Paint the other side of the mason jar rings with the flat paint, then allow to dry (about an hour).
- Paint one side of the mason jar rings with the glitter paint, then allow to dry (about an hour).
- Paint the other side of the mason jar rings with the glitter paint, then allow to dry completely. I let mine dry overnight for this step.
- Cut a piece of twine that is long enough to tie through all of the rings.
- Insert the twine through the rings, making sure they are all facing the same direction, and tie it as tightly as you possibly can. The tighter, the better.
- Fan out and arrange the rings so they form a pumpkin shape.
- Insert cinnamon sticks (or anything that resembles a stem) into the center of the pumpkin.
- Add leaves for decoration, if desired.