How to Make Photo Ornaments with Glass Jar Lids

glass jar lids ornamentsI save used glass jars to store foods or non-food items but there are just so many I can use. So I end up recycling the glass jars but since the lids are not recyclable, I collect them to reuse. One of my favorite ways to reuse them is to make photo frame ornaments. If you think it’s too stupid simple, you are right!

Here is my collection of jar lids that I’m going to use to make the ornaments.

How to make photo ornaments with glass jar lids

First, you’ll need:

  • Glass Jar Lids – any size.
  • Photos that you can cut up
  • Epoxy Glue
  • Acrylic Paint in any color you want to decorate the lids with
  • Paint brush
  • Glitter and/or any holiday decorative embellishments
  • Ribbons, cut to about 4″ long
  • Pencils and Scissors
  • Magnet discs for making refrigerator magnets

supplies needed to make ornaments

1. Paint the lids and decorate with embellishments and glitter.

paint and decorate paint and glitter Paint and add decoration add embellishments

2. Let the paint and the embellishments dry for a few hours.

3. Add ribbons.

add ribbons

4. Outline the lids on the photos by using the pencil and cut out the circle around the photo. You can always trim the excess once you’ve cut out the photo according to the size of the lid.

Crop photos

5. Insert the mug shots, I mean, photos. insert photos6. Voila! you are done. Now drink some eggnog and hang them on the tree.

“Cool hair do Dude!”andrew and his cool hairdo

Write the year on the back so that you’ll remember when that photo was taken. You’ll forget if you don’t. Trust jar lid ornament

Decorated on the outsideDecorated on the outside

Say, “Cheese”"Say Cheese"

Opera practiceLid ornament #4

These make great stocking stuffers, gifts for family members (grandparents LOVE these), and even as gift tags.

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very beautiful Karen now i will sure try in this Christmas.


What a fabulous and eco-friendly idea! These would make a fun holiday project to do with kids AND they would make great gifts!


Yes! The kids would love to paint and decorate them. And choose their pictures. Grandparents would just eat them up if you use them as gift tags, I bet!


karen this is such a fun and "green" way to use all those lids .. they look so cute on the tree and a marvelous tutorial ...happy weekend to you!!


Elaine, Thank you. I hated throwing them out and I thought making them into photo frames were very functional. Then, I decided to hang them on the tree. :)

Jen on the Edge
Jen on the Edge

So cute! So easy! Question: What do you mean, the jar lids are not recyclable? I've been tossing ours in our bin for years.


When I went to my town's recycling center in the spring, the center said the lids are garbage and they get burned. They do not get recycled. Aluminum foil, on the other hand, DO get recycled. Go figure. So I've been separating them ever since.