Jingles Bell Ornaments
BY: Lauren DiSanza
SKILL LEVEL: 2 (1 being the easiest, 5 being most difficult)
TIME TO COMPLETE: 2 hours (does not include drying time)
• Generation Green (g2)™ Bottle Cutter
• 3 Discarded Miniature Bottles (single serve wine bottles or hot sauce bottles work great)
• Assorted Ribbon – Approximately 60” for 3 Bottles
• Assorted 1/2 - 1” in Diameter Glass Beads (small enough to fit through the opening of your bottle)
• Assorted Buttons (we chose white, cream, gold and blue buttons)
• 3 Small Corks
• 6 - 5/16” Screws
• Craft Knife
• Always, wear safety goggles when using glass-crafting tools. Everyday eyeglasses have only impact resistant lenses.
•To ensure top performance keep your bottle cutter blade oiled.
Read and carefully following the instructions contained within the Generation Green (g2)™ bottle cutter manual.
1. Cover the work area with craft or newspaper.
2. For our bells we used a vanilla extract bottle and two single serving wine bottles. Measure up from the bottom of each 1” and mark with a Sharpie®.
3. Using the bottle cutter, follow the instructions for scoring and separating bottles. Separate jar where indicated.
4. Smooth the rough edges as instructed in the bottle cutter manual.
5. Clean your bottle inside and out with a window cleaner or for a more natural cleaner use a mixture of 1 cup of water to 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Dry glass surface.
6. Using the craft knife, shave off the sides of old wine corks until they fit the top openings in each bottle. Once you have cut the corks to fit, set the bottles aside. \
7. Cut a 12” length of ribbon, using a 5/16” screw; secure the ribbon to the center bottom of the cork. Insert the cork with the ribbon into the mouth of the bottle. Allow the ribbon to hang down, slide a glass bead onto the ribbon and push the bead up inside of the bottle so it sits about mid-way down the bottle, secure in place with a knot and glue the tail end of the ribbon together.
8. Cut a 6” piece of ribbon, using a 5/16” screw; secure both ends of the ribbon to the top portion of the cork to form a loop.
9. Repeat this process for the remaining two bottles.
10. Embellish glass bells by gluing assorted buttons and additional ribbon on each bottle (see image for embellishment suggestions).
11. Add additional details by gluing on assorted buttons and ribbons. For the blue bottle, we made a bow and placed two buttons on it, then for some added winter charm, we selected 3 different sized and similarly colored buttons and glued them to the tail of the ribbon to form a snowman!
12. Hang these festive bells on the Christmas tree or anywhere in your home for some holiday charm.
CREATIVE TIP: Avoid placing any embellishments on the body of the bell, the less you have the louder your bell will clang!