DIY Mason Jar Cocktail Gifts

I stumbled across this cute gift idea on Pinterest, originally posted on the bridal blog “Something Turquoise” and I thought they’d make a fun “Secret Santa” gift, for a co-worker of mine. I made them more Christmas-y themed by using ribbon and holiday themed tags. They are pretty self-explanatory as far as the construction, but I’ll give you a run down of the supplies I used. 😀

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I got these paper straws at Target in the party section. They have every color you can imagine, which would work great for whatever theme you’re going for!

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I used 16 oz. regular mouth Ball mason jars, red & white bakers twine, and shiny ribbon for a little holiday flair. The “mixers” are the small, thin pop cans (7.5 fl oz)…not the normal sized ones (12 fl oz). The normal ones do not fit through the mouth of the mason jars. I also used hot cocoa packets to go with the Baileys. 😀

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The drink combos I used are: Cherry Vodka with Red Bull, Diet Coke with Malibu, Coke with Jack Daniels, and Hot Cocoa with Baileys. YUM!

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Instead of the cute “cheers” tags, I opted for holiday themed tags I had on hand. It would be easy to punch your own tags and customize them for special events or favors.

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So, using a long piece of bakers twine, tie on the straw first. You should have long pieces of twine hanging down – use those to tie on the small bottle next. Tie left over ends into a cute little bow.

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Then tie on the tags with some festive ribbon. I tried doing the whole thing with ribbon, but found it had to be pulled really tight to hold the bottle on, and feared it would snap. That’s why I went back and re-did it with the twine. Here’s the final product.

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Aren’t they cute? Great idea for favors or for fun at parties. I will definitely make these again and know many people who would enjoy them. Anywho, have a great week and Happy Crafting! 🙂

Update: Here’s a few more I made for favors at Christmas dinner! This time I opted for mini bows instead of tags. Also made up some fun new drink combinations like orange pop with whipped cream vodka which makes a “orange creamsicle” cocktail! Yum!!!

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Christmas Crafting Has Begun! More Homespun Candy Canes

Well, I don’t have a new project to share…this is one you’ve seen before. My latest crafting venture was a new batch of “homespun candy canes,” in preparation for this years Christmas season at the co-op. I first posted about these years ago, and here is the “how-to” in case you’re interested: Homespun Candy Canes How-To.

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I made a whole bunch of the standard-sized candy canes, but also made a batch of the miniature candy canes. The mini candy canes are a bit more tedious, but seem to be everyone’s fave!

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These are the mini candy canes I used. I got them at The Dollar Tree. They come as garland, so you get 10 of them for a dollar…score!

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Bunched them up into groups of 5, tied together with twine. I plan on pricing them at $4 for a bunch of large ones, and $3 for a bunch of small ones.

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I also worked on a few of these large bells that I had laying around from years ago. They were $1 each at Michael’s.

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I spray painted them with this metallic brown:

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And made them into hanging ornaments with twine hangers and little fabric accents. They also make nice bowl fillers!

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For displaying the candy canes and other Christmas crafts, I like to put them in old wooden boxes or bowls…

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Or vintage displays like this old red sleigh (both thrift store finds).

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In other news, I am thinking of starting up my Etsy store again. I have all kinds of awesome little antique tins that are beauty/hygiene/medicine themed, with great old graphics on them. I also have tons of skeleton keys and other little items that I would like to sell. It’s a quite a project…photographing a listing everything. Maybe a good winter project for me, we’ll see!

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Aren’t they cool? I just love old tins. The colors and graphics are so fun.

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Have a great weekend and Happy Crafting! 😀

Simple Winter Snowman Signs

Here are some very simple winter signs that I made using some wood plaques I picked up at the thrift store a while back. They were half off, making them a dollar each! Even if you’re not great at painting free-hand, these snowmen are really easy!

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First I painted the plaques black using a basic craft acrylic paint. They weren’t covered completely with one coat, but that’s okay because the next step is to distress them with sandpaper.

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Just take a small piece of sandpaper and give them a good once-over.

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I speckled some white paint to make the “snow” effect, using some slightly watered-down white paint and a firm paint brush. I just pulled the bristles back and flicked it over top of the plaques. I then free-handed the words and painted big white circles for the snowman heads. You could also use foam stamps or stencils for the words.

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Next, paint big orange noses, little pink circles for the cheeks, and black dots for the eyes and mouths.

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Once dry, I did one coat of sparkle mod podge. It acts as a sealer but also give them a little sparkle. This step is not necessary though if you’re going to be keeping them inside.

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For hanging, I simply used two small nails to tack down a strip of torn homespun.

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Here they are, all finished. You can’t really appreciate the sparkle in this pic, but they look quite festive in person.

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And here’s a pic of them hanging up in my booth along with some of the Christmas crafts I made in the last few posts!

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Hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving!

Winter Jar Scenes

The holiday craft bug has bit me and I just finished up another project; a big batch of winter jar scenes using mason jars and bottle brush trees. I have seen them on Pinterest, so here is my version. 🙂

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I started by gathering some jars. I used some mason jars I had on hand, and found these ones at Target. I also got a few jars of different shapes, at the Goodwill for super cheap.

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The two small jars on the right are salt & pepper shakers I got from Walmart. I love these cause they are like mini snow globes!

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I used various bottle brush trees; all of which I found at A.C. Moore in either the doll house/miniature section, or the seasonal Christmas section. I also found some cute mini gold reindeer, perfect for this project.

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The ones with the wooden bases were easy to glue in place. I used hot glue and they seem to be holding pretty firm on the glass. Some people who do this project don’t even glue them down. They will simply add their “snow” and then stick the trees down in. I like them glued in place so they don’t keep falling over.

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The ones without wooden bases posed a bit of a challenge. I created a ball of hot glue on the ends to use as a base. Looking back it would have been easier to use some clay or floral foam, but too late now!

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I then added the “snow.” I started out using coarse sea salt and when I ran out, I got Epsom salt. They both work great as snow. The Epsom salt had a peppermint smell too, which is perfect for Christmas crafts! 🙂

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I used tweezers to place the small deer in the snow and big tongs for the deeper jars. I must say this part was a challenge. I did not glue the deer in place because they’d be almost completely covered with the snow. I did push them down in pretty good, and because they are light weight, I am hoping they won’t move around too much.

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I picked up this wad of tin garland at the thrift store last year and stashed it away because I knew I could cut them apart and use them to accent winter crafts. I used the snowflakes to tie around the tops of the jars to give them a little extra country Christmas look!

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Here is one of the completed jars with the snowflake tied around the neck of the jar. I love how they came out!

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For the smaller jars, I left out the deer and just did a little tree scene, and accented it with a raffia bow.

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Here are a few more!

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For these larger jars, I thought I’d make them into candle holders. I put a small glass tea light holder right into the mouth of the jar. You can get these small glass tea light holders at the Dollar Tree.

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And remember these from last year?? I had some smaller trees left over and decided to use them up on these cute car ornaments! I got the cars last year after Christmas at Walmart. I am selling them for about $5.50-$6 each. Honestly, I will probably break even on the car ornaments, but I don’t care because they were really fun to make and a fun item to sell around the holidays!

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I’m selling the winter jar scenes are ranging from $4-$8 at my co-op, so we’ll see how they go. Hope everyone has a Happy Turkey Day! 🙂

Snowman Wine Bottle Toppers

I was out doing some shopping and came across these cute little hat ornaments and “DING”…a light bulb went off and I thought I could use them for snowman hats. Yes, Christmas displays are in full swing at all the big box stores; I got these at Walmart, next to all the tree ornaments. If you can’t find these particular hats, there are other options out there. Look in the ornament section for different types of hats, and check the doll-making section of the craft stores. You can also click here for a link to some hats you could use instead.

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I had these little terra cotta pots in my craft stash of supplies. I think you can get them at any craft store.

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I painted them white using my heavy artists’ while acrylic paint, since I was out of regular white craft paint. Warning: it takes a gazillion coats to cover the terra cotta. You’ll probably have to do 4-5 coats with the regular craft acrylic. Spray painting might have been an easier option.

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Then I painted on some faces. I love making snowman stuff, because the faces are so easy to paint. You can make the noses all different shapes and sizes.

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I then used a hot glue gun to adhere the hats to the top of the snowman pots. At this point, I thought I was done. But they seemed plain, like they were missing something…

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So I decided to add some little homespun fabric scarfs. I just tore little strips and tied them on.

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They fit perfect on top of a wine bottle. They would make fun stocking stuffers or a nice complement to that bottle of wine you’re giving as a Christmas gift.

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They also make cute little “shelf sitters” and can go anywhere, not just on top of a wine bottle! I think I will try selling them for $3.50-$4.00 a piece at my co-op.

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I had a lot of fun working on this project. It has helped motivate me a bit and I have some other cool little Christmas-themed projects in the works. Hope to share them with you soon!!! 🙂

Fun & Easy DIY Ornament: Vintage Toy Car & Christmas Tree

Another Pinterest inspired craft has taken over my kitchen counter, this time in the form of cute toy cars toting Christmas trees! Some are table top decorations and some are hanging ornaments for the tree; it is up to you which kind to make. They are fun and super-duper easy. Here’s my version!

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First I went to the Christmas section of A.C. Moore to get some bottle-brush trees, but being so close to Christmas, they were sold out! Luckily, I was able to find some in the dollhouse section where there is a variety of miniature items. I found a package with different sized trees and snow-covered branches…perfect!

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I got the vintage themed cars at Walmart. You could use any cars you want, but I just love the vintage look of the VW’s and old Chevy’s!

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To tie them atop the cars, I used red & white baker’s twine and thin hemp that I had on hand. This particular type of hemp is found in the jewelry-making section of the craft store.

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Then, simply tie them on top! Some tutorials said glue the tree in place, but I didn’t find that necessary.

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With the Chevy’s, I was able to slide the hemp through the windows. For the buses, I had to tie them all the way around. Both look pretty cute!

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Great for stocking stuffers, craft shows, small gifts, or for decorating the house! I just love these and can’t wait to make more!!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my friends, family, and blog buddies! 🙂

Salt Dough Snowman Pops

Hope everyone is having a great holiday season so far! All of the festivities lately have gotten me in the mood for some Christmas crafting so I decided to try my hand at recreating the “snowman pop.” I bought a snowman pop ornament at a craft show years ago, and used it as my guide for this project. Here’s the how-to!

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Start with your standard salt dough recipe. I used 1/2 cup salt, 1/2 cup flour and 1 cup water (which you’ll add slowly – you may not need the full cup). It made a small batch, so double it for larger quantities! Mix the ingredients til your dough is firm but not too sticky.

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Treat them like sugar cookies! Use flour if the dough sticks, and roll them out to the thickness you want. Mine ended up being about 1/3 inch thick. I would suggest making them on the thicker side if you plan on inserting the lollipop stick; otherwise they crack or bulge.

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I did not have any round cookie cutters on hand so I improvised with this wine glass. It was the perfect size!

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These are the lollipop sticks I used. They can be found in the baking/candy making section of any craft store.

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Don’t forget to pre-poke your lollipop holes before baking!

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I also made some chunky little noses. I made them after I was all done with the snowman faces. When I went to stick them on, the faces had already dried a bit, and they would not stick. I decided to glue them on after baking. If you want to stick them on, do it while the dough is still a little sticky.

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Bake at a VERY low setting (100-150 degrees) for 3 hours. Flip them and bake for another hour. Too hot and they will burn, so be careful! Once dried, I used some artist acrylic paints. These will also help seal the ornaments.

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For the faces I did a white wash (watered down white paint), as these acrylics are really thick. It soaked into the porous surface quite nicely. I then glued on the noses with regular craft tacky glue. I’d recommend doing this BEFORE painting the faces white, as they did not stick well with the layer of white paint…oops. Now I know!

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I decided to stick with rosy cheeks and little dotted eyes, and that’s it. These are the more “prim” looking snowmen that I love!

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Next, insert the sticks. Put a dab of craft glue on the end of the stick, and carefully stick them in the pre-made holes. Use a gentle twisting motion to stick them in; be careful not to crack the thin walls of the snowman head.

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For the tags, I used heavy stock kraft paper from A.C. Moore. I used our regular ink jet printed and Microsoft Word to write “Snow Pop, 5 cents.” You could write any holiday wish you’d like, or even put someone’s name on the tag!

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I hand cut them into little tag shapes and punched a small hole.

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For the wrapping, I used pretzel baggies, which are also found in the baking/candy making isle at the craft store. They are actually made to package chocolate covered pretzels, but my snowman pops fit in them perfectly!!! They are tied up with homespun and twine, and each have their own little tag. I also made some candy swirl ones where I just free-handed a red swirl. I like the snowmen better but I guess they’re kinda cute too.

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The other lady had inserted a string through the top plastic wrapping to hang them up. I decided to leave them as is and just prop them up in a jar of buttons or marbles. They’d made great favors for a Christmas dinner with all of the guests names on the tags!

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So what do you think? There are many directions to take these. Try different faces, use other types of tags or ties, or try gingerbread men or Santa faces!

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I will probably sell them in my Etsy store, for around $3-4 each. If you give these a try, please send me a pic and I will post it here! Thanks and hope to be back soon!!! 🙂

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