When I was doing craft markets, there was inevitably the shopper who’d poke her head into my booth, look around, and ask me where the glue and glitter were. If only I’d thought of making this upcycled necklace back then!
If you’re a regular reader here, you’ve probably noticed that I’m an avid collector of Mason jars. When you craft with a Mason jar, sometimes you’re left with those little lids and rings, and of course they seem way too useful to throw away. I haven’t played with Mason jar rings yet, but one of those flat little lids was just screaming to be covered in glitter and turned into a medallion!
You can hang your medallion on any necklace you like, using either a jump ring or just knotted kitchen twine or embroidery thread to hang it (I went with the latter). If you want yours to look just like mine, you can follow my t-shirt scarf tutorial over at Green Upgrader to make the necklace part.
Mason Jar Medallion
- 1 Mason jar lid
- fabric glue
- glitter in two colors
- hammer, nail, and scrap piece of wood
- paint brush that you don’t care too much about
1. OK, so I actually did this step out of order, and it was annoying but doable. Don’t be like me! Before you put any glue on anything, grab your hammer, nail and wood. Place the wood on a flat surface, put the Mason jar lid down face up, and use the hammer and nail to puncture a small hole at the top. This is the hole you’ll use to hang your pendant.
2. Use your glue to draw a chevron shape on your lid, being careful not to get glue in the hole you just hammered.
3. Dump a bunch of glitter on top (just one color for now). Let that dry for about an hour.
4. Carefully pour off your excess glitter – you can put it right back into its container. You’re all done with that color, so you can put it away.
5. Use your glue again to fill in the empty spaces that your first chevron pattern left on the medallion.
6. Dump a bunch of glitter on there, then ever so gently tap the medallion onto the table a few times to spread the glue out evenly. Wait another hour, then dump off the excess glitter and put that away. Now’s the hard part where you let your medallion dry overnight. In the morning, gently nudge it with your finger, and if it’s still wet, let it dry for a few more hours and check again. Depending how much glue you used, it might take a long time to dry. Wait it out!
7. Pour a little bit of fabric glue onto your pendant, then use your paint brush to paint glue over the whole top of the medallion, adding more glue as necessary to cover it completely. Take your time and make sure you completely cover everything. This will help seal the glitter in, so you’re not hemorrhaging glitter when you wear this necklace. Your shirt, car, and everyone you come in contact with will thank you. The glue goes on white, but it dries clear, so don’t fret!
8. When your pendant is totally dry (you might have to wait overnight again), use a needle to poke a hole through the glue, if it’s clogging the hole you hammered earlier, then hang your medallion on the necklace of your choice!
Have you guys done any Mason jar crafts that use the lid or the ring? I’d love to hear more ideas in the comments!
Hi there! My name is Becky Striepe (pronounced “stree-pee,” like “sleepy”), and I am a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. My life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Check out my new book: 40 Days of Green Smoothies!