These are Caster Cups.
No, I don’t know why they are called that.
Caster Cups are intended to be placed underneath furniture, to prevent your floors from being scratched.
Caster Cups are made out of wood or plastic. Here’s the fun thing about them… they are stained light or dark, and are actually really pretty pieces of pre-shaped wood.
Turning a Caster Cup into a necklace is kind of like turning a plunger into a walking stick.
It’s sounds crazy, I know, You’re just going to have to trust me on this one.
Here’s what you need for this project:
One package of Caster Cups, and one bottle of glue. I like Elmer’s Glue-All because it’s cheaper than Mod Podge and works great for crafting. Both of these are available at Lowe’s. (Just remember to use your MyLowe’s card so you can track your purchases and remember what you bought for your project.) The Caster Cups sell for around $5, and the glue is less than $2.
You will also need something to fill cup with, like a favorite photo or a map.
And lastly, you need something to help you wear it like string, hemp, or a jewelry chain.
Here’s what a Caster Cups look like on both sides:
The first thing you need to do is peel off the rubber piece.
It comes off very easily.
Next you want to drill a hole near the edge.
For the inside of my circle I am using an old map. My family and I used to live in Kennebunk, Maine. I thought it would be a fun momento to center the town inside the necklace.
You can also use a map from a favorite vacation, a photo of one of your kids, a ticket stub, a business card that some creepy guy on a bus gave you (totally talking from experience on that one), or even copy and shrink down a favorite note from a loved one.
To find the size of the inside of the cup, just use tissue paper to create a template.
After cutting your circle, poke a hole through where you previously drilled.
Remove the paper, and brush a thin amount of Elmer’s Glue-All on the bottom of the cup.
Place your paper inside, and give the top a thin coat of glue as well.
You don’t have to put anything on the back side of your necklace, but if you decide that you want to, just use the rubber piece you pulled off as a template.
Follow the same process to attach it.
After glueing both sides, I went ahead and added a chain. Then I hung it up to dry for a few hours.
Voila! That’s it!
Now I have a vintage inspired wood necklace that you never knew started out as a method of floor protection.
Total cost for making four Caster Cup necklaces: $7.46.
Nice! I think I may just make a few more for gifts!
For the meantime, let me know if you try this. Or if you decide to turn a plunger into a walking stick.
You just never know.
Disclaimer: I was provided with the materials in this post by Lowe’s Home Improvement Store. I was not financially compensated for my time, and all opinions are mine. All opinions of the MyLowe’s program, and the totally awesome MyLowe’s card that I cherish and carry with me everywhere I go, are mine as well. I will also admit that I do not share my MyLowe’s card with my husband, and require that he use own and use his own. If he doesn’t need to know what I spend on hair care products, he doesn’t need to know what I spend on home improvement projects either.