Chickens can tolerate some pretty cold weather. Of course, it sometimes comes as a shock to the young ones during the first snow. Here are some fun pics of our young birds experiencing their first winter.
There’s a certain type of person out there that loves the simple things in life. I am one of them. Just hearing words like trees, tire swing, sheep, chickens, or mason jars immediately brings a sense of peace to my soul. Since simple things make me happy, it just makes sense to decorate my home with simple, rustic, country decor. Enter mason jar lid pumpkins! What more could a girl ask for other than mason jar rings, burlap, and sticks?
My beautiful girls are no longer satisfied with crafts that consist of scissors, glue, paper, and a bit of glitter. While sometimes we do like to color and make paper crafts, we are sadly past the days of making turkeys from the outline of their hands. Therefore, this year we decided to make fall crafts that enhance the beauty of our home, rather than cluttering it up (don’t get me wrong, I still have lunch bag pilgrims and other paper decorations they’ve made over the years). This is how we found a wonderful little project that was quick, easy, and fun. Here’s a quick and easy tutorial on how to make pumpkins out of canning jar lids.
First, gather your supplies.
Each pumpkin uses between 20 and 24 lid rings. You will need something to form the rings into a round shape. I like to use floral stem wire, but you can use a pipe cleaner or sturdy string. Using wire allows for cute, curly vines on your finished pumpkin. For the stem, let your imagination and creativity lead the way. We used burlap ribbon rolled up for one and we used a stick we found outside for the other. Finally, you’ll need a pencil (if using wire) and a hot glue gun.
Now that you have everything together, begin feeding the rings onto the wire. I find that if all the lids are placed in the same direction they don’t curve the way they should and you will end up with a lumpy pumpkin.
Once all the lids are threaded onto the wire, twist the wire together so the rings form a circle.
Make it as tight as you can and the rings will fall into place pretty easily.
After the wire is twisted and you have a ring of lids, bend the wire into the center of the rings and out the top. Wrap the end of the wire around a pencil, then slide the pencil out.
Now you have a cute curly-cue vine!
For the stem, tightly roll up the burlap ribbon. Place some glue on the inside edge and hold for a few seconds until the glue cools and hardens.
Add some glue around the bottom of the stem and insert it into the center of the pumpkin. Voila! You now have a simple yet rustic mason jar lid pumpkin.