How to Punch Out Holes in Soft Metal Lids


The green movement is in full swing, bringing renewed interest in recycling. It's important to teach children to care for the planet and do their part to reduce waste, and one fun way is with crafts. Empty jars can be recycled for a lot of things and many craft projects require punching holes in a metal lid, which can be done safely and easily with common household materials.

Things You'll Need

  • Hammer
  • Large nail
  • Fine-tip permanent marker
  • Scrap wood
  • Gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Remove the lid from the jar and place it on a piece of scrap wood, rather than an easily scratched surface. Put on gloves and safety goggles.

  • Mark the lid with the permanent marker for placement of the holes. You can create a design, or just spread the dots out evenly across the jar lid.

  • Place the top of a nail against a mark and tap it lightly with the hammer, which should be enough to drive the tip through the lid. If not, gently hit the nail again until it punctures the metal. Repeat until you have punched through all the marks.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always supervise children working with a hammer and nails.

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