Pirate Mason Jar Lid Compass

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Create a compass craft using mason jar lids for the perfect pirate kid craft.


  • Mason Jar Lids, Pint Size (2) – Dollar Store
  • Natural Jute Twine – Dollar Store
  • Metal Brads (1) – Dollar Store
  • Washable Markers – Dollar Store
  • Craft Paint – Metallic Gold and Black
  • Button – Fancy with a pattern on top
  • Ribbon Scrap – color doesn’t matter
  • Rhinestone – Black (1)
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Wire Cutters
  • Pencil
  • Paper Towels
  • Pirate Compass Pattern

Instructions for DIY Kid Craft Compass:


Round up all of the supplies.  Screw off the lids and cuffs then set mason jars aside for another project on down the road.  Download and print the Pirate Compass Pattern Sheet that you can grab later in the post.  Trace mason jar lid onto compass pattern with pencil and then cut out with scissors.

Secure the lid inside the cuff with a glue gun and glue sticks.  You can also use liquid craft glue, but you will have to wait for the glue to dry.


Color the compass pattern with washable markers.  We used blue and brown.  Open both legs of the metal brad until flat.  

Place a self-adhesive rhinestone in center of compass.  Attach the metal brad to the top of the rhinestone with a glue gun.  Insert compass pattern into one mason jar lid and secure with glue.  


Cut a two-inch section of grosgrain ribbon, fold one half inch over on each end and secure with a glue gun and glue sticks. 

Stack lids on top of each other and glue ribbon to the back center to create a hinge.  

Open the compass and paint top inside lid with black craft paint or cover with a scrap of black paper.


Remove shank (the loop) from the back of the fancy button with wire cutters.  Glue to top center of the compass lid.  Basecoat the entire outside of the compass with gold metallic craft paint.


Once the gold basecoat is dry, apply a messy topcoat of black craft paint and immediately wipe off the excess with a paper towel.

To finish, wrap the top and bottom edges of the compass with natural jute twine, securing with a glue gun and glue sticks.  

Perfect for a fun party craft for a Pirate themed birthday or an afternoon spent getting creative with the kiddos.

Free Printable

Grab the free printable for this craft and get to work.

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Too busy to make this right away?! Pin it for later!  Pin this project to your favorite craft board on Pinterest and it’ll be waiting for you when you’re ready.

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