Believe it or not, Christmas is fast approaching. Gasp! Christmas? Already? You must be joking!
For realz. No joke. I can't believe it either. But it has come to that time of year again, when some people are starting to get all fancied up for Christmas, and then others...are not. Because they are wailing in disbelief. That's what I am doing, in the innermost parts of my brain, but not out loud, or even in my thoughts, really. I simply haven't been thinking about it too much. Those times I have thought about it, it blows my mind almost out my ears. Not quite, but almost.
I heard Christmas music on the radio the other day, for the first time this season. I was in complete denial. I am of the opinion that Christmas music SHOULD NOT be played on the radio before Thanksgiving, and actually, not until after Thanksgiving. Well, that was two days before Thanksgiving! Uh, not cool, mahn.
My sister has been calling me a scrooge because I don't like Christmas music before Thanksgiving, but the fact is, in our house, we've always been against Christmas music before Thanksgiving! For realz, why do you need it that early anyway? I don't get it. Can't we just get one holiday over with before going on to the next? Talk about a problem with going-on-to-the-next-thing-before-finishing-the-first-thing syndrome! (It's gots to be a thing, but I don't know the fancy name for it. I have it bad.) Just so you know, I am not a scrooge, but everything in it's own time, right?
Anywho, the point eeyis, Christmas is quickly coming upon us, whether or not we like it (I do love Christmas, but WOWWIE WOO, this year went by fast!). If you're like me, you'll wait until the last possible minute to get your gifts all ready, because you are a major procrastinator, or, you love Christmas and gift giving so much that you'll get your stuff done right away, except the problem is, you don't know ezackly what to give people, so you'll sit there, waiting to dig in, but you just don't know what to dig in to!
Well, I just may have a solution to both of those problemos. Enter, fabric covered jar lids! Not just the lids by themselves, obvs. A jar with a pretty lid can be a great gift. Fill it up with hot chocolate mix, or cinnamon sticks (just thought of that off the top of my head!), or simply give empty as a pretty storage jar! These are so easy and fun and quick, that you could make a bunch to give together. I recommend using either a variety of jars with matching fabric, or a variety of fabric with matching jars.
I am doing a new thing now, which is called, "naming the supplies in list form." I've never done that. Not sure why. But it's probably a good habit to pick up. Don't hold me accountable to do it every single time though.
Jar lid and jar to go under it (I used a salsa jar/lid)
Pretty fabric (not too thick, but thick enough to hide any pattern that might be on the lid)
First thing is to select your jar/lid of course. I suppose anything will work; just don't use canning lids. Make sure to wash the lid before working with it. This may seem way too obvious, but apparently not to me, because I was thinking at first I would only rinse out the lid. However, I didn't want it to forever smell like salsa...so I done warshed it. Even if it doesn't smell like whatever it was used for before, you should still wash it, since it may not be a good idea to wash it after it's covered with fabric. The jar is not as important to wash now, but when you do wash it before gifting away, make sure to get the sticky stuff from the label off. I got it off with very hot water and lots of scrubbing.
After selecting which jar and lid you'll use, you'll need to pick a pretty fabric. If you're using this as a Christmas gift, maybe something red or green. I didn't purposely use a Christmas-y green for mine, but how convenient that I did!
After that, it's all truly fun, quick, and easy! Gently lay the lid down in the center. Don't worry if it's not exactly in the middle, just make sure there's enough room all around to wrap around the edge, and then inside. Which is the next step! Start by sticking the fabric up on the edge on two opposite sides (east and west), and then do it again on another two opposite sides (north and south). Do that until it's stuck on the sides in eight or more spots. Then stick down the fabric on the inside in two opposite spots, and eventually all around, in the same fashion as you stuck it up on the edge. Or, you could go clockwise around in this part. Whatever you do, make sure you stick the fabric down in every spot in a way so that there's stickiness in every spot, so it'll actually stick there. (Did that make sense? Heehee, try saying that ten times fast.) The lid should still be able to screw onto the jar.
This was before tying on a pretty ribbon. The lid reminds me of a beret!
What would you fill the jar with? How could you personalize this?