Welcome to the 2ndAnnual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!!!
We’ve gathered designers from some of our favorite manufacturers to show you ways to create something from the heart this holiday season. This hop includes over 60 stops with inspiration brimming from every corner. Explore all of the thoughtful and frugal handmade gifts you could create for the holidays, all in one place, during our second annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!
It’s always nice to be invited to festivities over the holidays, and it gives you an opportunity to show how much you appreciate the invitation my making a very personal gift. My favorite gifts to make are these bottles, they can hold Bubble Bath, homemade or store bought… or Bath Salts but you could use smaller bottles and give seasoned oils or spices…you can sure use your imagination here.
I collect bottles from my friends and a local restaurant, all year long and try to keep plenty on hand for any occasion that comes up like Birthdays, Anniversaries or you could give them as a wedding shower gift. So here you go, get inspired and go decorate a bottle…
I clean the bottles by washing them in warm water, sometimes the label comes off but if not I remove the label by soaking it in water, (tip: I put several in a bucket and soak them over night) or if they are really stubborn, I use Goo Gone or WD40, both remove labels really well.
Then I let the bottles dry so the adhesive I use stick really well…Here’s the fun part…I decide on the decoration for each bottle and lay all my materials out.
Tombow’s MONO Multi Adhesive is great for all the embellishments I use. I put it on the back of the embellishment, let it get tacky and it sticks very well, but is movable if it needs to be repositioned. I also like that if I get it on the bottle I can clean it up with a little water and no harm done…The Connie Crystal embellishment was held on with Tombow’s Power Tabs, I cut one of the tabs in half and because they are clear, they don’t show through the crystal. The pearls, the “Friendship” saying and the drawer pull, which I use as a stopper and the ribbon, are from Hobby Lobby, the cork is from Lowe’s and I simply drilled a hole all the way through all the cork and inserted the drawer pull.
Here’s one I did using Connie Crystal embellishments, I’ll probably give this one to the hostess for the next dinner party I attend. Who doesn’t enjoy a bubble bath after a long day…
Since we just had Halloween, I made this for my Granddaughter’s bathroom, but of course Candy Corn, which I found at Hobby Lobby,
is great for all season long, it’s almost good enough to eat! I use the same technique for all the bottles.
This is another of my favorite bottles, I love the shape…I used a label on the back just make it a little different. I think I already have a person picked for this one…
One last bottle, I call it Bubbles…I love the tiny bubbles on the outside of the bottle, the Tombow MONO Multi Adhesive really worked well with these, the saying came from Hobby Lobby and has the cutest saying,
“The only way to live is to accept each minute as a unrepeatable miracle,
which is exactly what it is; a miracle and unrepeatable” —-Storm Jameson
Well here they are all together, you pick, which one do you like best?
These are fun to make and you’ll enjoy seeing the smiles on the face of the receiver when they find out that you have made it just for them…
Happy creating ~ Sharron
Hop over here to see all the wonderful handmade gifts you could create for the holidays…
Clearsnap – http://clearsnap.blogspot.com
Hampton Art – http://blog.hamptonart.com/
Graphic45 – http://g45papers.typepad.com/
Fiskateers – www.fiskateers.com/blog
Donna Salazar Designs – http://donnasalazar.typepad.com/
Tombow USA – http://blog.tombowusa.com/
Authentique Paper http://authentiquepaper.blogspot.com/
The Twinery – http://www.thetwineryblog.com/
Eileen Hull for Sizzix http://eileenhull.blogspot.com/
Globecraft Memories – http://globecraftmemories.blogspot.com
Diana Gonzalez – Clearsnap – http:// www.arteypoemas.com
Melissa Cash – Tombow – http://inkclinations.blogspot.com/2012/10/handmade-holiday-blog-hop.html
Monika Wright – The Twinery –
Linda Neff – Globecraft Memories – http://linda-neff.com
Gretchen McElveen – Hampton Art – http://gretchenmac.blogspot.com/
Megan Aaron – Clearsnap- http://thoughtsoftraveling.blogspot.com/
Tania Willis – Fiskateers- http://throughtrialsiambeingpurified.blogspot.com/
Gloria Stengel – Graphic 45 – http://www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com/
Suzanne Austin – Clearsnap – http://whatsinalousyananut.blogspot.com/
Shellye McDaniel – Authentique Paper – http://paperedcottage.blogspot.com/
Natasha Naranjo Aguirre – Donna Salazar Designs – http://www.moments-of-tranquility.com
Jen Carter – The Twinery – http://jensinkspot.blogspot.com/
Laura Denison – Graphic 45 – www.lauradenisondesigns.com
Candy Spiegel – Globecraft Memories – http://candyspiegel.wordpress.com/
Love the decorted bottles.
Cute idea. Thanks for sharing.
Oh, very nice. Beautiful and useful. Thanks. 🙂
love the idea!
Great decorated bottles and what a wonderful gift. Thanks for sharing!
What a fab idea! Love it! ohhh I’m thinking of the possibilities!
Adorable! Thanks for sharing!
this idea is my favourite so far along the hop! the bottles look so amazing!!! what a fabulous gift idea. 🙂
LOVE THIS IDEA… great use of bottles! Thanks for sharing!
Lovely idea 😉 So smart !!! Tfs !!
Great bottles Sharron. What do you use for the fancy bottle stoppers?
Great gift idea!
Wonderful ways to decorate bottles. I like the one with the black and white polka dot ribbon.
The bottles are beautiful! My sister did something similar for Christmas gifts one year. We even had one bottle with mini M&Ms.
Very pretty bottles and great gift Ideas too. Thanks for sharing them.
Such a cool idea! The bottles look fantastic!
This is very clever! What a unique idea! All of these bottles are divine. Thank you for sharing your creativity.
Love all of them, but I think the Connie Crystal, the rectangular bottles and my favs! Thanks for sharing!
What a cute craft!! Thanks for sharing!!!
Those are very pretty! I am tempted to save bottles, but I think my husband would turn me in to hoarders anonymous!
Great idea! I usually buy bottles but think I’ll start having friends save them for me – now if I can only find another hiding space in the garage for them!
Thanks for sharing how you make the stoppers!
Very cute idea!! I love the different shapes too. I think Bubbles is my fave!!
All for are beautiful, but I really love the odd shaped bottle. Gorgeous
Wow…these are beautiful. What lovely gifts these make.
Oh, I love these! Decorative bottles make me so happy! I’ll have to try out some of your techniques.
All of your bottles are great! I especially love the square one – it is so different and fun!
Beautiful gifts. Thanks for sharing!
I love this idea and my fave is the Friendship one. Very nice as a hostess gift for sure!
I have decorated bottles also, so this project is near and dear to me. Thanks for sharing your projects.
Oh boy, I would love to get one as a gift! They would pretty up any space. The square bottle and the Friendship one with the silver ribbon are my favorites.
I love these bottles, they look so elegant. I did something similar a few years ago but painted them with holiday art.
I love Tombow multiglue. I didn’t know about the powertabs. I need some of those. Great tutorial. I like the black polka dot bottle the best. But they all looked really good. Thanks
Giveawayjean AKA Jean#8889
Thanks for the idea of creating bottle decorations! I love it!
love this idea. I buy shaped and different bottles at Flea Markets/Yard Sales and place them in windows around the house, was thinking of getting rid of them, now I know how too make gifts. thanks for the inspiration.
I love the shape of the last bottle also but the Friendship bottle really speaks to me, that’s my fav!
Fantastic bottles! I like the candy corn one best.
The bottles are very cute
Your decorated bottles are so pretty! They would make a wonderful gift.
Lovely idea ! I have a bunch of bottles I could do this with. Thanks for the idea.
I LOVE all of these bottles but I think my favorite is the one that says friendship. This is such a wonderful idea. Thanks for the inspiration.
Fabulous idea for great gifts!
The decorated bottles are great and as you’ve shown you can collect all sorts of shapes
The idea is really cool! Lvoe it!
Another awesome idea. Just wish I new someone who had access to bottles. LOl. TFS
ALL the bottles look beautiful, especially with your fabulous bows!!!
… my favourite is definitely the unusual rectangular shaped bottle with the offset neck – LOVE IT 🙂
Love love love these bottles .. Great gift idea .. Do you have a tutorial TFS
what lovely suggestions for making presents look more personal – thanks for sharing
I am loving these bottles!! I especially love that ‘wonky’ shaped one! Have never altered a bottle…looks fabulous and fun!!
Beautiful altered bottles – what a great gift idea!
LOVE it! Must try it!
I always lean towards Halloween and need more uses for candy corn.
How lucky you are to have a restaurant source for bottles,
Fabulous!! The bottles will make great gifts!!
Well I think this is one of the most unique gifts I have seen. And I think these bottles would make a fabulous gift. I love them and thank you for the directions.
These bottles are beautiful! What a wonderful gift idea! I want to make one!
Lovely idea for upcycling those wine bottles. My fav is the halloween so whimsical.
This is a marvelous idea! Great inspiration!!
Wonderful idea. Very nice!
Love them! Thank you for the inspiration!
great ideas. Love the decorated bottles
Love these bottles!
I like the one with the black and white polkadot ribbon the best!
this is day 3 and it looks like there isn’t a new project for today. So I guess I will just comment again. My favorite bottle is the Relax one with the polka dot bow. I’ll come back later to see if there is another one.
Fiskateer Jean#8889 AKA giveawayjean
Great project! Thanks for sponsoring this blog hop!
Love these bottles! I make bath salts etc, and decorating the bottles is a nice added touch 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!
I absolutely LOVE these bottles! Going to start saving some of my own so I can make these for gifts next year! Thanks for the idea!
huge fan of bubbles here!!! thanks for the tutorial and chance to win!
Your bottles are beautiful, and I love the idea of using them for hostess gifts. I can imagine putting lots of different things in each one appropriate for the recipient.
i could use this style for my gifts this christmas…
thank you for sharing.. <3 <3 <3
What a lovely idea! TFS your creativity…awesome, I love the decorated bottles…very pretty!
WOW! Just WOW!!!!
What fantastic upcycling! Love it!
Love the idea and how beautiful they are after you are finished.
Oh these are so pretty 🙂
that’s a great hostess gift idea or for any other occasion. Great idea and so cute. Loved the “Relax” bottle the best.
This hop has been so inspiring!!
love it! thanks for sharing.
Fabulous gift idea-I love them all, but especially the one with the big silvery bow!
These are fabulous Sharron! My favorites are the fancy ones – love that quote on the Bubbles bottle! Thanks for this great idea!
Well, I’d have to pick the Friendship bottle. That is so amazingly elegant. Would love to receive it!!
What amazng bottle decorating.
what a nice gift idea
These bottles are beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!
This should be a necessity for every woman on our lists! I so love this idea ~ cute and inexpensive too! I love the unusual, rectangular bottle but I think my fav is the bubbles! So very cute!
Thanks for the inspiring ideas!
Thanks for sharing all of your great ideas.
So nice that you have friends that give you bottles. Very nice decorations.