I've seen many inspiring tart tin and Jello mold crafts on Pinterest and other blogs. It's amazing what people think of when it comes to up-cycling! Today it's my turn to show you what to do with aluminum Jello molds and other little food molds. It's easy to find these molds at garage sales and estate sales. Usually, a couple dollars will buy you several. I'm going to combine the molds with some easy-to-find vintage ceramic figures, some fabric, and a few new materials to make some charming pincushions with my own twist. This is a good project to use up cans of spray paint with just a little bit left, too.
Materials and Tools Needed:
Spray paint in various colors
Styrofoam balls in various sizes
Needle and thread
Polyester fiberfill or batting
Dried beans (for weight in the bottom of the mold)
Ric-rac, crochet, or braided trim for embellishment
Select your molds and wash them in hot soapy water to remove any kitchen grease or food residue.
Spray your aluminum molds with primer. I sprayed mine on the outside and inner rim.
Once the primer has dried, coat the molds with your colored spray paints. Again, make sure the inner rims have a coat of paint:
Next, cut the fabric in circles about twice the circumference of the mold openings. Sew a running stitch around the outer edge of the fabric, but don't tie it off yet:
(As you might notice, the fabric I selected for this mold was very sheer, so I layered in with a piece of muslin. This wasn't necessary with the other fabrics I used):
To prevent the mold from being top-heavy, place a handful of dried beans in the bottom of the mold (not shown).
Select a styrofoam ball that will fit into your mold. Cut in half with a knife.
Cover the styrofoam with a layer of polyfill batting:
Next, cover the polyfill covered styrofoam with your fabric, pull the thread to tighten it and tie it off. Run a bead of hot glue around the interior edge of the mold and place the fabric covered styrofoam piece into the mold, pressing down all around.
Use hot glue to add embellishments and the ceramic figures.