Ball Jar Lid Fall Mini Wreath

As I sat on the garage floor painting Ball Jars for tomorrow’s post, I noticed the heap of Ball Jar lids to my right, and immediately started thinking of what I could do with them.  I was instantly reminded of when I was in college, and had to give a “How-To” speech in Speech class.

I wanted to do something different, something no one would ever think of.

That night, while emptying ketchup bottles for the local restaurant where I worked, I hesitated before tossing those glass ketchup bottles into the trash.

I stared at it, and then I had it!  I would keep all of those empty bottles that night and I would turn them into something amazing for my “How-To” speech.

So, looking at all of those lids, I had to think of something, and of course, that something had to tie into my Fall decorating.

Then I had it…

…Fall Mini Wreaths!

Ball Jar Lid Mini Fall Wreaths

Here’s what I did…

Ball Jar Lid Mini Fall Wreaths


Fall Colored Ribbon

Jute String

Fall Embellishments 

Hot Glue Gun and Glue

Burlap Flowers

Ball Jar Lids

Ball Jar Lid Mini Fall WreathsStep One:  Use hot glue to glue down your ribbon inside the lid.  

Next, twist the ribbon as you wrap it around the lid.

Ball Jar Lid Mini Fall Wreaths

Step Two:  Glue the end of the ribbon to the back of the lid.

Ball Jar Lid Mini Fall Wreaths

Step Three:  Add your favorite Fall embellishments. 

Ball Jar Lid Mini Fall Wreaths

Step Four:  Repeat this process with other colors of ribbon and materials.  One of my favorite mini wreaths was the one I did out of jute string.

Ball Jar Lid Mini Fall Wreaths

Step Five:  Glue or tie a string to the top of your mini wreath.

Ball Jar Lid Mini Fall Wreaths

Step Six:  Tie or Clip your mini wreaths to a fun Fall garland!

Ball Jar Lid Mini Fall Wreaths

Ball Jar Lid Mini Fall Wreaths

Since this buffet is the first thing people see when they walk into our house, I made it a “Welcome” Fall garland.

Ball Jar Lid Mini Fall Wreaths

So, those ketchup bottles… 

At the time, it was near Valentine’s Day, so I filled the bottles with Red Hot candies, added googly eyes and painted on a face.  I painted the lid to the bottle black so it became a hat, and hot glued on pipe cleaners to the sides for arms.  In his hand, he held a little Valentine card that read.. “I think you’re Red Hot!”  

Then, I nervously gave my speech, almost puked, and walked out with a 100.  Little did I know, that years, and years, and years later…I would still be creating things out of what others might think of as trash.

One day, I’ll have to recreate that ketchup bottle man.  He was hot!  🙂

What about you?  Are you doing something now, that you did as a child or teenager?

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My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!


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  1. What a pretty idea, Claire! I love the color of the burlap you used. 😉
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  2. Claire,
    Now that garland is just too cute! I have tons of old lids, what a great idea!
    Loved reading about your ketchup man, I bet he was “Hot”!
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  3. I love the mini wreaths idea! I make the buntings all the time and this would be a great addition to them.
    Ketchup bottle valentines were genius!
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  4. Oh Wow, that is such a great idea! So pretty, love it!
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  5. I adore it, Claire! Pinning and sharing on my fb page.
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  6. Very pretty! Love it.
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  7. Claire, that is adorable, I love the creativity! keep up the great ideas!!!
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  8. Claire I am loving this and how very clever!! I really like the colors chosen and the embellishments. Great job!!


  9. This is so darling!! Very clever. Great job!
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  10. Margaret Garcia says:

    How cute is this, I love it!!! I need a baby wreath made for our new little bundle of joy can you offer any tips? By the way, where did you find the stencil pattern? Love everything you do….so much creativity!!!

  11. I love this idea.It looks really nice too. It’s a great way to use up the rings. It sounds like your ketchup bottle guy was cute!
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  12. Great article, Thanks for your great information, the content is quiet interesting. I will be waiting for your next post.


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