|No Days Groutless Upcycled Mosaic Jar Lid Ornaments|
- No Days Groutless Mosaic Adhesive
- metal jar lids
- hammer & nail (to pierce jar lids)
- sturdy wire (16 or 18 gauge brass, copper, steel)
- round nose pliers / wire cutter (to cut and shape wire)
- scissors (to cut groutless)
- tweezers (helpful for placing tiles)
- warming device (This can be a griddle, toaster oven, oven, candle warmer, heat gun, or heat embossing tool.)
- tiles for mosaicing (or beads, baubles, sparkles, etc.)
- mosaic nippers to cut tiles
- safety glasses
|Create a wire hanger with round nose pliers.|
After bending a length of wire into a U shape, fit the ends through the 2 holes in the lid. Then, using the pliers, bend each leg back on itself to secure it in place and prevent it from falling back out of the lid.
|Insert the wire and bend it to fit inside the lid.|
And here’s a video for you visual learners 🙂
Once you’ve got the lid prepped, you can cut some No Days Groutless Mosaic Adhesive to fit the inside of the jar lid. You don’t need to cut it exactly, and you can use scraps if you have them, too.
|A candle warmer works great for setting the No Days Groutless into the jar lid.|
I find that it’s easiest to prep the adhesive by heating it and then letting it cool before using. That makes it lay flat against your substrate and turns several pieces into just one. If you need to cover any spaces that go bare after heating, you can spread the groutless around the surface of your lid like the video below shows:
|No Days Groutless Starmen:
the star on the top right was laid in liquid Groutless, while
the star on the bottom left was laid on solid Groutless and
then heat set after all tiles were laid.
|Close up shot of No Days Groutless Starman|
This project works great for children’s projects, too. Square tiles can be cut with nippers to fit in the lid in simple designs.
|No Days Groutless Mosaic made with nipped squares.|
Side note: Pixelated images are perfect for mosaics, and my niece is really into Super Mario Bros. (IT”S BACK!!!!) My brother (her father) and I used to play this game for hours when we were kids. I mostly watched him play. I used to design game levels with pencil and paper, but now you can do that with the new Mario Maker game!!! What?!? So, that’s my inspiration for making the Starmen above 🙂