A very short post to show you one of the gifts I made for my family this Christmas – felt coasters. I came across a blog post about geometric coasters by Ciera Design on Pinterest that inspired me. However, cutting all of the individual hexagons she uses became overwhelming right away so I created my own larger designs.
I used my paper cutter to cut 4″ x 4″ squares out of a stiff felt fabric. I then created paper patterns that I traced with marker onto the softer contrasting felt pieces so that I could cut them out by hand. I used a fabric glue to glue down the contrasting pieces on the stiff coaster bottom. Below you can see a sampling of the coasters I made. I created 6 sets in all. Still have to make myself a set!
Wine bottle lights are a gift that can be given any time of year really. Especially if you want to give yourself the gift of drinking a few bottles of wine so that you have some nice looking bottles to start with.
I saw this idea in a number of places and can’t even really point to a source.
- Empty wine bottle (colored ones are nicer than clear)
- Indoor/outdoor christmas lights. I used a clear strand with 20 bulbs and a plug only on one end
- Corded drill (cordless will run out of batteries)
- 1/2″ Glass drill bit (like this one at home depot)
- Wire and beads if you want to make a “necklace” for the bottle
- Wear safety glasses and gloves while drilling through the bottles. None of mine broke during drilling, but make sure to be safe.
- I used a piece of styrofoam to cradle the bottle while drilling it
- Use the label to start the hole. If the bottle doesn’t have a label, put a piece of masking tape on the bottle.
- Start drilling. The whole process takes 20 – 30 minutes. I would start and stop quite often because my hand got tired.
- Drill until the drill bit fits through the hole
- Soak the bottle in hot water with a bit of oxyclean until the label is easy to get off. A razor blade will help. I also used a brillo pad to take off the glue. After that was done, I used a bottle brush to clean out the glass dust left in the bottle.
- Feed the lights one by one through the hole
- Using some wire and vintage beads from Etsy I made a necklace for the bottle
I’d like to think I’ll make a whole army of these to decorate my yard, perhaps under the bottle tree but we’ll see how that goes. For now though, the bottles have been a hit with the recipients!
I have a HUGE collection of beer caps because not only do we drink a lot of beer in our house, our friends also save their caps and give them to me. Because we have a beer theme going on in our house, I got the idea to make Christmas ornaments with beer caps. Here’s how I did it – make some of your own!
- Ornament hooks (I found some fancy ones at World Market last year)
- Beer caps (preferably holiday themed or colored)
- A drill
- Some easy to bend wire
- Small pliers (I have some jewelry pliers)
First, I sorted my caps. I made each ornament from 3 matching caps. Here you can see my supplies:
Next, I drilled holes in the caps. For each set of three caps, I drilled two holes in two caps and one hole in the third cap. The third cap is the bottom cap so it only needs one hole.
Then I used the wire to attach the caps together. I just twisted the wire together on the back side of the caps and cut off any excess. I made sure to point the wire ends toward the cap so it wouldn’t scratch anyone. For the top cap, I used a longer piece of wire so that I could make a few twists before attaching the ornament hook. That way, the directions that the caps faced could also be adjusted relative to the hook direction.
The finished product!