Hi! It’s Shannon from Madigan Made again! I’m back this month to share a simple and sparkly recycled ornament craft with you today!
Raise your hand if you have your hubby or significant other trained to ask you before throwing stuff out? My husband knows better than to toss old jars and bottles in the recycle bin. He usually gives me a chance to look them over for crafty potential. He also knows that I’ve been collecting metallic jar lids lately.
What he didn’t know is that I was going to make these gem-covered ornaments with the lids for our Christmas tree! Aren’t they pretty? I think they kind of look like the inside of a geode rock. You know, those big rocks that are filled with encrusted gems when cracked open? Maybe?
Regardless of what they look like, these ornaments are sooo easy to make. Let me show you how to make a rhinestone geode ornament from a lid:
Step One: Drill a very small hole into the edges of each canning lid with your power drill. (not pictured)
Step Two: Brush a thick layer of Mod Podge onto the inside area of the lid. Start placing your rhinestones down into the glue. Continue to fill in with more stones and use more glue as you fill in the gaps. It is OK to overlap the pieces with each other. Some of the stones may flip upside down . . . but don’t worry if they do! The mirrored bottoms of the gems will add more shine and texture to your ornament. Once the inside of the lid is completely covered with gems, allow the glue to dry.
Step Three: Take your bottle of Dimensional Magic and carefully pour the material in and around the gemstones until the jewels are almost covered in the glue. Allow the DM to dry overnight. When the thick glue is dry, it will be crystal clear! It will look like your gems are embedded in resin.
Step Four: Thread a length of thin ribbon through the pre-drill holes and tie the ends to create a ribbon loop. Hang your pretty, recycled holiday ornament on your tree this year!
I love how these ornaments bounce the light around. They are going to be the perfect addition to our Christmas tree this year. In my opinion, the holidays should be filled with lots of sparkle and shine!
About the Podger: You might call Shannon the Clark Kent of craft blogging. By day, she is a pharmacist and by night she shares simple ideas for crafts, décor and much more with her readers. She also craves chocolate, loves a thrifty find and tries (often unsuccessfully) to avoid glue gun burns. You can find Shannon on her blog, Madigan Made, and on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest, too.