I’m so glad that you all love the Canning Lid Pumpkin as much as I do! Lately, I have received a TON of emails asking for tips and advice–everything from where to find canning rings to issues with the paint. So, I thought your questions deserved their own post. Here are the questions that have come up the most.
Where can I find the cheapest canning rings?
I found all of mine at thrift stores and yard sales. Usually, I find them in big bags for $1-$3 there. Definitely cheaper than buying them full price at the store. If you’re not concerned about the price, you can find canning rings at Walmart with the other canning supplies.
Where can I find cinnamon sticks?
Any craft store–I know Michael’s and Hobby Lobby have cinnamon sticks in their fall section right now.
How do I make the rings stay in the shape of a pumpkin?
If your pumpkin is collapsing and won’t keep its shape, try re-tying the string. Usually it is too loose. Then, be sure to place the cinnamon sticks in the middle before spacing out your rings so that the rings can form a circle around them.
Why won’t the paint dry?
This is a problem I didn’t run into so I’ll share with you what I did. I painted one coat at a time and let each coat dry completely before painting the next coat. I also painted them when it was not humid and let them finish drying out in the sun.
How do I keep the paint from peeling?
Make sure you are using clean rings with no rust. Also, primer will help prevent peeling. I skipped this step because I wanted the edges to look a little worn.
Can I use the rings for canning after painting them?
No. Once painted, they should not be used for canning.
What size rings did you use?
I used regular mouth rings.
I hope that helped! If you have other questions, feel free to leave a comment.