Making a Pendant Necklace Using Recycled Plastic Lids

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March 16, 2017

Statement Pendant Necklace - finished pendantCollect a pile of colourful plastic lids from food tubs and you can easily make this bold and bright pendant. Make sure the plastic is not brittle. You need the flexible type that can easily be cut with scissors.



  • a selection of coloured plastic lids
  • strong scissors
  • hole punch
  • ribbon or neck chain
  • large key ring
  • small key ring
Statement Pendant Necklace - container with green lid
Statement Pendant Necklace - assortment of plastic lids
Statement Pendant Necklace - ribbon and key ring
Statement Pendant Necklace - scissors and hole punch


  1. Your lids should be made of soft pliable plastic. If they are brittle they will be difficult to cut. Take one of the lids and trim off the rim to make it easier to cut your shapes.
  2. Statement Pendant Necklace - trim rim off of the lid
  3. Cut random shapes from the lid. You can make them curvy or pointy.
  4. Statement Pendant Necklace - cut random shapes
  5. Make a hole in each shape.
  6. Statement Pendant Necklace - make hole in each shape

  7. Attach the shapes to the large key ring.
  8. Statement Pendant Necklace - attach shapes to large key ring
    Statement Pendant Necklace key ring with shapes attached
  9. Attach the small key ring or a large strong jump ring to the large key ring. This is optional, but it helps the pendant to hang better.
  10. Statement Pendant Necklace - attach large key ring to small key ring or a large jump ring
  11. If you are using ribbon, tie it to the key ring and either sew or knot the ends together.
  12. Statement Pendant Necklace - if using ribbon tie to key ring and finish ends
  13. Alternatively you can use a long strong neck chain.
  14. Statement Pendant Necklace - or suspend from a strong neck chain

  15. You can of course just thread your ribbon or chain through the ring, but as it is a large and relatively heavy pendant, tying makes it more stable as you move around
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