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Mosaic hanging decorations and jewellery with recycled lids!

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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Mosaic hanging decorations and jewellery with recycled lids!

A recipe for children's jewellery and hanging decorations

Take some lids, the kind you would normally throw away (milk & juice bottle,  jam jar...)

Buy some tile adhesive (white creamy stuff, same consistency as peanut butter - pre-mixed in a tub from Pound / Dollar store or mix your own from powdered tile adhesive from DIY shop - both very cheap)
If you are going for hanging variety (tree decoration or necklace pendant), make two small holes in the lid. Use heated skewer for plastic lids (don't breathe in fumes) or a nail and hammer for metal lids.Then hook some wire through to form a loop.

Fill lid with creame tile adhesive.

Get some sparkly things - glass nuggets, beads, broken mosaic tiles (note, if you think you might get into doing mosaic projects, invest in some cheap tile nippers. They look like this...and it means you can use old bathroom tiles as well as mosaic tiles for lots of making fun!)
Stick your sparkly things into the tile adhesive. Make sure you embed tiles well, so they don't fall out.
Add appropriate hanging mechanism - sticky badge pins for brooches, ribbon for necklaces or string for hanging decorations (I use dental floss!)
Here's our variations on the theme :

A beady brooch - we used a bit of extra PVA/white glue to make sure the piles of beads stay in place
A little face brooch made with glass nugges and some broken tiles (but you can experiment with small beads for the pupils and lips, if you don't have tiles and nippers...)
Our tree hanging decoration, which doubles up as a pretty child's necklace.
Some more tree hangy things made with jam lids.
As you can see, we have done quite a few of these - a great way of recycling! Anyone who has followed this blog may have noticed that I have a thing about hanging pretty things in trees... especially good on bare branches for winter I think! And Christmas tree decor of course...

More tutorials for hanging decorations here and here.

Have fun making :)

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  • I just love this idea. Perfect for a recycle-maniac, mosaic-loving chick like myself. Will definitely change my christmas decoration this year... hope to have time to create tons of those with my leftover lids.

    Now I need to go have a closer look at the wee hearts you made... Inspiration is already coming out of my ears... :)

    By Anonymous Skytimes, at 6 October 2010 at 14:55  

  • There needs to be more lid art in the world I think. I love what you did with them!!! :)

    By Blogger Jen, at 6 October 2010 at 15:00  

  • I think these would make lovely Christmas decorations, and really fancy having a go! Will start saving lids and collecting glittery things now.

    (PS I see from your blog roll, that you must have my old blog address for Artful Adventures, as it hasn't updated for the last 4 months!!)

    By Blogger Jude, at 6 October 2010 at 16:22  

  • Thank you lovely people :) I'm glad you like them cos the photos don't do them justice. Jude, what is your up to date blog so I can update?

    By Blogger Concetta, at 6 October 2010 at 20:45  

  • Jude, just found it. Its brilliant! And it made me laugh as I am in the middle of the same transfer process :)

    By Blogger Concetta, at 6 October 2010 at 20:48  

  • Concetta,
    these are lovely. gifts for the kiddos to make for family/friends. love it.

    By Blogger Dana Barbieri, at 7 October 2010 at 18:20  

  • thank you Concetta, wonderful work and very well explained

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7 October 2010 at 21:45  

  • you are a totally amazing creative force too :)These are fab!


    By Blogger Amelia, at 8 October 2010 at 17:12  

  • awesome! linking to this on my blog sidebar :)

    By Blogger AG Ambroult, at 13 October 2010 at 16:30  

  • Thanks so much Amy - you are so lovely and encouraging ;)

    By Blogger Concetta, at 13 October 2010 at 20:30  

  • What a cute little project and a great way to use up odds and ends.

    By Blogger Suzanne, at 20 October 2010 at 02:54  

  • I love them. Do you think this would also work with plaster of paris?

    By Blogger Ms Muffin, at 11 November 2010 at 20:42  

  • Hello Ms Muffin! I think it might work if you push them in really deeply. The other thought is to mix some white glue into the plaster of paris.Give it a try and let me know. The worst that can happen is that once dry, a piece or two pops out. If so, there will the the indent and you can just glue the tile in!

    By Blogger Concetta, at 12 November 2010 at 09:13  

  • Just wondering how difficult is the tile adhesive to get off little hands? And does it clog sinks? I teach a parent/child art class and I think they would really enjoy this, but those will be the issues that come up!

    By Anonymous Lisa, at 14 November 2010 at 04:48  

  • Hello Lisa. The adhesive will just wipe off with a cloth. And yes, do not put it down the sink as it will clog as its a cement based product. In reality, there's not too much handling of it as you an just push it into the lids with a spreader. Have fun and do send pics to if you get a chance!

    By Blogger Concetta, at 14 November 2010 at 13:24  

  • I love your fabulous ideas! Just featured a few of your mosaic projects.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 16 November 2010 at 19:58  

  • Brilliant idea, we always have loads of lids as they can not be recycled locally, thanks a great idea for the christmas tree!

    By Blogger Lilyshaw, at 20 November 2010 at 22:17  

  • Thank you for the recent lovely comments! Still a few weeks to make some for the Christmas tree eh?!

    By Blogger Concetta, at 21 November 2010 at 21:21  

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