Mason Jar Topper

by Dina Kowal

Make a custom canvas topper for a canning jar.


  • Canvas fabric
  • Gesso (clear or white – Liquitex brand used here)
  • Wide paintbrush
  • Heat tool, craft iron
  • Craft sheet
  • Circle dies
  • Cardstock for template
  • Scissors
  • Stamp positioner (MISTI used here)
  • Stamps (Impression Obsession H13603 Poinsettia Corner used here)
  • Ink that can be heat set on fabric (pigment, hybrid, Versafine, or craft ink – Impression Obsession hybrid ink used here)
  • Coloring medium compatible with your ink (possibilities – Copic markers, Inktense pencils, acrylic paint, colored pencils with odorless mineral spirits, Distress/watercolor markers)
  • Felt
  • Two-piece canning jar lid, regular or wide-mouth size
  • Glue gun
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project


  1. Step 1

    Cut canvas into a 4” square. Brush the canvas with at least 2 coats of clear or white gesso, allowing the gesso to dry slightly in between coats. Dry the canvas completely before proceeding.

    Work on a craft sheet, as some gesso may seep through the canvas.

  2. Step 2

    Choose 2 nesting circle dies to fit your jar lid. One should be just smaller than the width of the ring, and one should be just smaller than the opening.

    For a wide mouth lid, the dies should be about 3 1/4" and 2 3/4".

  3. For a regular size lid, the dies should be about 2 1/2" and 2 1/8".

  4. Step 3

    Use the larger die to cut a template from cardstock. Trace inside the smaller die, centered on the cutout.

  5. Use the template to help with stamp placement in your stamp positioner.

  6. Step 4

    Cut the gessoed canvas with the larger circle die once it has dried completely.

  7. If the die does not cut through the fabric, cut along the impression with scissors.

  8. Step 5

    Replace the circle template with the canvas cutout. Tape in place if needed.

  9. Stamp with an ink that will be permanent when heat set.

  10. Step 6

    Heat set the stamped canvas cutouts using a hot, dry iron.

  11. Step 7

    Color the canvas cutout, using a compatible coloring medium. (Several other options are shown in the video.)

    Allow to dry, or heat set if needed.

  12. Step 8

    Cut a felt circle with the smaller die.

  13. Use hot glue to adhere the felt to the inside of the canning jar lid.

  14. Step 9

    Use hot glue to adhere the canvas over the felt, centering it over the lid.

  15. Add a few spots of glue around the edge of the lid to hold the edges of the canvas down.

  16. Step 10

    Line the ring of the lid with hot glue.

  17. Press the canvas-topped lid into the ring.

  18. Step 11

    The finished topper will be slightly raised.

    The topper can be used alone as a jar lid or placed over a sealed lid.

  19. Step 12

    Complete the project, embellishing the jar as desired.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Mason Jar Topper. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

***Please note - Internet Explorer/Edge is not a supported browser, and will not allow you to see the videos. Please use Chrome, Firefox or Safari to view our tutorial videos.

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Could you please let me know why I can't get the videos
Ethel Gray  |  Wed Oct 18, 2017 at 2:51 AM
Nice idea for a gift but Iíve done this topper without a Misti, and with half as many steps. The stamped (or drawn) image is transferred to the canvas fabric with a window or light box. Jar lids and bands used as templates to trace and cut. Color added with acrylics or Inktense pencils and a textile medium. Done!
Kathy  |  Wed Oct 18, 2017 at 4:53 AM
I didn't see the different gessos in the finished project.
maryw  |  Wed Oct 18, 2017 at 6:01 AM
Thanks for the great tutorial and ideas!!
annie*  |  Wed Oct 18, 2017 at 7:21 AM
@maryw - yes, I did forget to mention that again in the video. In step 6 above you can see the contrast in the different gessos - the poinsettia topper is clear, and the others slightly under the paper towel are white. In the gallery, you can see the finished projects - the white gessoed toppers are on the smaller jars.
dina  |  Wed Oct 18, 2017 at 7:43 AM
@Ethel if you are using Internet Explorer that's why. That's an unsupported browser. Switch to Chrome or Firefox or Safari and you'll be able to see all the videos!
Lydia Fiedler  |  Wed Oct 18, 2017 at 9:17 AM
I LOVE this idea and am going to use it for my "little" Christmas gifts this...I bought what I needed but have a question-does the canvas fabric have to be washed before the gesso and stamping?
Joanne  |  Fri Nov 17, 2017 at 7:15 PM
Joanne, I didn't bother to wash mine.
dina  |  Sat Nov 18, 2017 at 6:56 AM

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