How to Create Sterling Silver Ornaments on the Cheap

December 16th, 2009 in blog, projects     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
19 users recommend

It just does not get any easier than this!!Two lids, Gorilla Epoxy, and some ribbon. Bippity, Bobbity, Boop....Its an ornament!
Lids without their sugar bowls, Gorilla Epoxy, ribbon, and some greens if you like is truly all you need to make this project. Oh...some clamps might come in handy for th drying process.
After picking two lids that fit together nicely, bottom to bottom...prepare your Gorilla Epoxy. Squirt into a plastic container and mix well with a wooden stir stick.
Apply epoxy to the inside rim of one of the sugar bowl lids, put lids together, clamp if neccessary, and allow to dry.
I love the detail on some of the lids. Some are ornate, some simple, and some have initials. Oooo look I found a W.
These would be delightful on a tree, but I opted to hang them from my fireplace mantel with crystals...of course!
The cheese stands alone! Ah,hahaha! Im not a shiny silver girl. I like the character that tarnish brings. If you like your silver to be shiny bright just clean the lids with some silver polish for a whole different look.
It just does not get any easier than this!!Two lids, Gorilla Epoxy, and some ribbon. Bippity, Bobbity, Boop....Its an ornament!

It just does not get any easier than this!!Two lids, Gorilla Epoxy, and some ribbon. Bippity, Bobbity, Boop....It's an ornament!

As we get closer and closer to the holidays time gets tighter and tighter. I'm sure you are all feeling the squeeze. That is why I like simple projects such as this. It takes about a half hour to make a bunch of these. Let them cure overnight and you're set. Sterling silver might seem spendy, but when you find lids without their mates the price becomes more affordable. If you buy in we're talking.

Did you make this?
After you make it, show it off to other members in the Member Junk area.
Post your project photos

posted in: blog, projects, seasonal, ornaments

Comments (27)

JunkArchitect writes:
Sue, what spectacular ornaments! I agree with Georgia, how about “Junk Market Style Holidays”. Hit all the big ones…Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, etc. Between all of us we could fill a book…I’ll help too.

Posted: 5:47 pm on December 19th
fellowjunker writes: Hey Sue,
ONLY YOU!!!! You know 2 weeks ago I went through a drawer that I had SEVERAL silver teapot lids in---I am so UNHAPPY to report that I threw them ALL out in the garbage. Why, oh why didn't I think of something like this? Absolutely fabulous!!
xojanis Posted: 3:43 pm on December 19th
LynLae writes: Absolutely beautiful! What a great idea. Posted: 9:37 am on December 19th
frstyfrolk writes: I better go look through my box of metals to paint, Hey, you have given me a new idea if any match. Thanks Sue!

Smiles, Cyndi Posted: 10:56 pm on December 18th
DumpsterDecorators writes: For all the lids adorned with crystals which is still a fave...never thought of putting two of them together. They look lovely. Posted: 3:18 pm on December 18th
greencolleen writes: sooooo sue dont you think a pattern for the pop can star would be great in that holiday book??? ;).you could do all the holidays or maybe just christmas and thanksgiving together , just a thought. and i agree with geo id help but geez im so far away. Posted: 9:18 am on December 18th
alicemom writes: Suzie-Q.........This is really my very favorite of all my very favorites!!!!!!
Smiles, alice Posted: 2:05 pm on December 17th
georgiamoon writes: Hey I Love the idea of another book...Holiday Decorating JunkMarket Style!!!! Wow a best seller for sure. Think about setting up huge campers in the rain, luggin' heavy furniture around in the snow. All nice and neat and warm inside. You probably have enough pictures and projects already shot to get you started! These could be on the cover!! Truly think this is a fantastic idea!!! Georgia
PS I'll help. Posted: 12:49 pm on December 17th
WhitePineLane writes: Hi Sue--
This has to be my favorite thing you've ever done! I adore these ornaments! They're so elegant looking. (I like the slightly tarnished look better, too!) I'll be on the lookout for orphaned lids from now on! Merry Christmas!

Posted: 11:25 am on December 17th
shabbychick writes: I LOVE THESE - and would definitely find a use forthem year-round!! (Another thing to add to my "shopping list"!)

Thanks Sue!!!

Kathy Posted: 8:44 am on December 17th
chippingcharm writes: happy that those little lids found a good home with you Sue :) Amazing idea...Laurel Posted: 8:17 am on December 17th
bluebucket writes: Sue, your projects continue to amaze me! These lids will be rare now because everyone on this site will be buying them up to make these fabulous ornaments.
yours in junking, doreen Posted: 10:12 pm on December 16th
junkermidge writes: These are SOOOO cool! Simple but oh so elegant. I'm going to have to raid my silver box and see if I have any orphaned lids (if they weren't before, they might be real soon). Thanks for another great project.
Midge Posted: 10:02 pm on December 16th
Cocalotta writes:
These are so simple but so elegant with the crystals.
This is another great project for me to work towards
the next holidays. Oh what fun I have looking after
seeing your beautiful art work. Thanks for sharing! Posted: 9:45 pm on December 16th
suewhitney writes: You're thinking, Green Colleen. They would be beautiful with glass lids. The combo of both on a tree would be stunning. Good thought!!!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 6:26 pm on December 16th
greencolleen writes: ya know you could maybe do this with glass lids as well ;) Posted: 6:12 pm on December 16th
snowyowl writes: Stunning, beautiful - love it - great idea!!! You find lids at the thrift stores all the time with no bottoms too. I cant wait to do this!!! Posted: 2:49 pm on December 16th
greencolleen writes: sue only you could envision this. im really seeing another book ;) Posted: 2:27 pm on December 16th
54girl writes: Another new fun project. Love it! Went thrift store shopping yesterday and I now want to go again. mary Posted: 1:36 pm on December 16th
SnowmanHill writes: These are wonderful, another thing to add to my junking list. Thanks for the idea, I love it! Posted: 11:51 am on December 16th
MimiToria writes: These are awesome, and I just love that extra bling with the crystal. :-)
Will definitely be on the look out for orphaned lids after this post. Love it!
Gretchen Posted: 11:19 am on December 16th
byabpryor writes: Simply ingenious! Posted: 11:09 am on December 16th
RustyDiva writes: Absolutely gorgeous lids! I would have touched them, wanted them and then totally left them behind because I wouldn't have a clue what to do with them. This is a great idea and after Christmas ~ they would look beautiful gathered in a big glass bowl for everyday admiration. Love it Sue!

Kenda Posted: 10:38 am on December 16th
berton718 writes: Sue,
I love it!! You are correct time is tight and these are beautiful!! Thanks for the GREAT idea!! Happy Holidays!! Posted: 9:56 am on December 16th
oldnews writes: These are so pretty and look SO expensive! I love them! Marie Posted: 9:40 am on December 16th
JunkinLindsey writes: Love it! Posted: 9:33 am on December 16th
monakent writes: These ornaments are adorable!!! I could see them being used over and over again, depending on the color of the ribbons (bridal showers, baby showers, Easter, etc).

Once again, that noggin of yours came up with a winner!!! Do you EVER sleep??? gailmarie Posted: 9:22 am on December 16th
You must be logged in to post comments. Click here to login.