How to Recycle Jar Lids

Recycle your jar lids with these easy steps!

Cut biscuits
Yum, homemade biscuits! Lids with deep rims or canning jar bands (the part with the cut-out center) make impromptu biscuit cutters. Use different-sized lids for Papa, Mama, and Baby biscuits. Dip the bottom edge of the lid in flour to keep it from sticking when you press it into the dough. Avoid lids whose rims are rolled inward; the dough can get stuck inside and be hard to extract.

Create a spoon rest
Place a jar lid on the stove or the countertop next to the stove while cooking. After stirring a pot, rest the spoon on the lid, and there’ll be less to clean up later.

Drip catcher under honey jar
Honey is delicious, but it can be a sticky mess. At the table, place the honey jar on a plastic lid to stop drips from getting on the tabletop. Store it that way, too, and your cabinet shelf will stay cleaner.

Make coasters to protect furniture
Wet drinking glasses and hot coffee mugs can really do a number on furniture finishes. The simple solution is to keep plenty of coasters on hand. Glue rounds of felt or cork to both sides of a jar lid (especially flat canning jar lids, which shouldn’t be reused for canning, anyhow), and keep a stack wherever cups and glasses accumulate in your house. Your furniture will thank you!

Saucers for potted plants
Lids with a rim are perfect for catching excess water under small potted plants, and unlike your ceramic saucers, if they get encrusted with minerals, you won’t mind throwing them out.

Organize your desk
Corral those paper clips and other small office items that clutter up your desk, by putting them in jar lids with deep rims. Works great to hold loose change or earrings on your dresser or bureau too. A quick coat of matte spray paint and an acrylic sealant will make them more attractive and water-resistant. These are the most recyclable materials on the planet.

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