Welcome to our 12 Days of Wonderstrange Ornament Exstravaganza! This is Ann, and that’s my son, Orie, modeling our Day 11 ornament, an altered glass bottle project that is crazy easy, super fun, and totally customizable. What you see in the picture is a vintage bottle of Elf Tears that says “You made Santa cry.” With my dark sense of humor, I also considered “Krampus Drool: He’s Coming for You” and “Elf Juice, 180 Proof,” but you can go cute if you prefer. Heck, you could do “elf snot” and fill your bottle with green dish soap. Whatever makes you happy!
Once you have your materials, I estimate that you can make a complete ornament or table decoration in 15-20 minutes with no hot glue, swearing, or crying. It’s kind of a Christmas miracle!
- Glass bottle or bottles (I picked up two old medicine bottles at the local antique mall for $2 and $3, respectively)
- Vintage images (I’ll give you some web sites to check)
- Printer paper or card stock
- Small corks or other stoppers, available at any craft or hardware store
- Adhesive (glue stick, gel medium – whatever you’ve got)
- Cup hook or eye hook
- Embellishments, as desired
Chances are good you’ll have to start with a bit of cleaning – but only a bit.
Grab some white vinegar, soak the bottle(s) for a few minutes, and wash them with water and dish soap. A Q-tip can help with stubborn spots.
Once your bottles are clean, you can start designing your labels. First, measure the height and width of the area where the label will go.
Now, use the method that appeals to you. If you stamp, track down your favorite Christmas stamps. If you draw, draw. If you like the computer, go on-line to vintageprintable or Graphics Fairy and find a free image (you can search for Santa, Elf, or Christmas and find several options). You can design your label(s) in a graphics program or even a basic Word doc.
When you’ve finished with your label, cut it out and glue it onto your bottle.
If you like a vintage look, age your label using paints, watercolors, inks, or sprays.
If you want to fill the bottle, there are plenty of options in the kitchen – or your craft tub.
Man, I am dangerously low on glitter! I think that’s the crafting equivalent of Defcon 5!
Anyway, with your bottled filled (or not), screw your eye hook into your cork(s), shut the bottle tightly, then embellish it with a ribbon, a tiny ball, or nothing at all!
How easy was that?!