Hi! Today, an ornament tutorial. Vintage, cut-crystal ornaments, to be precise. And of course - they're upcycled.
Aren't they nice? And crazy simple to make. Here is the DIY.
Dig up a crystal salt or pepper shaker. Got one stashed among the family china? If not, they're easy to find at thrift stores or yard sales.
The only other supply you need: a basic ornament hanger. (A hundred for a buck at the dollar store. Or make your own from any old craft wire.) Grab a hanger and straighten out one side.
Thread the straight end through the shaker top, and make a U-bend as in this photo:
Now thread the bent end up through the opposite hole in the shaker top. Crisscross the two wires. And twist them together. Here's the progression:
Snip off the extra wire, and presto! You're done!
For extra cuteness, bend some squiggles in the wire, like so:
Hang them on a tree of some kind...
Now here's one more idea. Fill the shakers with lightweight plastic beads or Mardi Gras necklaces, and voila - custom colored crystal ornaments.
After the holidays, you could always convert them back into salt and pepper shakers...but I think I'm leaving mine like this.
That's it for now. Later, gators!
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