I saw the cutest picture of a canning ring pumpkin on a blog which I then pinned for later use. That blogger had gotten the idea of the pumpkin when she saw a wreath made of canning rings.
If you do a lot of canning, you have a ton of rings. It is always said that you do not store your canned goods with the rings on. This is a good tip for many reasons, mostly because the foods leak a little when waterbathing and the rings get sticky and gross. I’ve taken to removing the rings before the jars are stored so that I can wash any stickiness off the jar. However, this leaves me with boxes and buckets of rings that just take up space. I used to store my rings on a really long shoelace and hang them on a hook. That worked but it wasn’t pretty.
I liked the pumpkin look so I made up two. The original post used cinnamon sticks and squares of burlap to make the stem and leaves. I used two empty green prescription bottles and some paper. I am in love with these pumpkins. The best part is they are appropriate decorations for two months. After that I can hang them on the wall with some green and red ribbon to make them into Christmas decorations. I can turn the pumpins over and have a place to set candy canes or potpourri if I so desire. The options are endless. This one simple techinique has turned storing my canning rings into decorating possibilities. When I need them, I can easily take apart a set of rings and use them.
As for securing the rings – I used strips of leather. You can use yarn, ribbon, shoelaces – to make them easy to untie, don’t tie them with a knot. Use a loopy knot like you would tie your shoes with.