Baker's Clay Jar Lids
This is a unique way to decorate jars containing your
own preserves, candy, nuts, potpourri or other "gifts
in a jar. Do not halve or double recipe.
- 4 cups unsifted flour
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 cup salt
- Mix ingredients together thoroughly and knead for 5
minutes. Use your hands or kitchen utensils to shape and
form figures. Aluminum foil over the table makes a good
- Roll out dough about 1/4 inch thick.
Place jar lid on dough and cut out a circle about 1 inch
wider than the lid. Gently shape dough over the lid. For
the excess dough around the edges, pinch dough between your
thumb and forefinger all the way around the lid to form
a scallop. If you want more of a solid edge, take a sharp
knife and very gently cut the dough from the top of the
lid to the bottom of the dough. Take one side of the cut
and fold over the other. Seal by painting with water and
pressing edges together.
- Bake the
lid and all at 300 degrees F for 1/2 hour to 1 hour, until
dough is golden and dry but not brittle. Paint before baking
with beaten egg for a more golden-bread appearance.
- You can make interesting
fruit or flower decorations for your jar lids, forming them
and attaching to lid before baking, or baking them separately
and attaching to finished lids with glue.
- Or, if you want colored lids, wait until lids have cooled, and
then paint with acrylic. Shellac or varnish to seal.