4 Ways to Top Your Jars for Drinks

fabric toppers

Even though it’s August I’d say there’s still a good 2 months of outdoor entertaining left to do before it gets cold again. One of the main concerns here in the South is bugs and keeping them at bay, especially from our drinks!

You know I love to use the 8 oz canning jars for drinks when hosting casual parties, right? Well here are 4 ways to top your jars so you don’t have to worry about the critters getting inside. Plus, they just plain look cute!

These are some of the ideas I’ve used in previous photo shoots. Click on the pics to see the original design post.
paper topper

  • PAPER – One of the simplest toppers for your canning jars is scrapbook paper, and with the variety of colors and patterns out there you can match any party you host. All you do is trace the circle from the lid incert onto the back of the paper, cut it out, and use a hole punch to create a hole for the straw to go through. Easy Peasy!


fabric topper

  • FABRIC – Using fabric is another way to top your canning jars and can lend a home-spun feel to the decor. Just as with the scrapbook paper option, there’s an unlimited variety of patterns to use. Start by cutting out a square of fabric using pinking shears. Make sure it’s big enough to cover the mouth of the jar plus extra to hang over the sides. Next, cut a small “x” for the straw to fit through, lay it on top of the jar, and tie it down with ribbon or twine. Alternately you can just use the threaded part of the lid to secure the fabric.


doily topper

  • DOILIES – I love the idea of using small crocheted doilies to cover the jars. It adds a shabby chic or vintage look to any party design, and they can be found in most fabric or craft stores. Also great, is that they have the opening already in the design so you can slip the straw right in.

cutout lid topper

  • CUTOUT LIDS – No DIY here but still just as cute, these cutout lid toppers are perfect for any party. You can find them online, or Hobby Lobby or other craft stores. They have a hole built right in for the straw too!

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Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to Homes.com, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. Cute ideas! I had seen and used some of these, but I had never thought of, or seen the scrapbook paper idea. I love that! There are so many great scrapbook papers you could theme to go along with your party, I love that!

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