Three Christmases ago, while shopping the quaint stores of downtown Troy, Ohio with my sister-in-law Greta, I came across these wish bottles.
I fell in love. Yet couldn’t help but think that I could make my own version for less than $12.00. So snapped a picture for inspiration then ran to Hobby Lobby when I got home to buy wish bottle supplies. And then I put my bag of goodies away and didn’t think about wish bottles again until the following Christmas, and then the following Christmas and finally the following Christmas, which is this year. Hunted up that bag of wish bottle ingredients and decided this was the year I would get them made. And I did!
New Year’s Wish Bottles
The original bottles were something like Mercury glass, if I a remembering correctly. Knew those would be tough to find. But at the time, I was actually most concerned about finding similar bottle brush trees. That turned out to be easy!
I started with these cute Hobby Lobby bottles. Wanted different sizes and shapes, and I liked the variety of types of lids. Thinking I found the bottle brush trees at Target. Picked up some fine crystal glitter and spool of pearl-adorned lace. To complete my project, I wound up buying a few additional items. All told, here is my supply list.
- Small glass (or plastic?) bottles
- Small bottle brush trees, 1 per bottle
- Lace or ribbon to wrap at the neck of the bottles
- Glitter, any color, enough to fill each bottle slightly more than half way (combined a larger grain glitter with fine glitter)
- Charms, 1 per bottle (used keys for my bottles, found a package of 5 keys at Hobby Lobby)
- Twine or thin ribbon for attaching the charm
- Bead or pearl, 1 per bottle for the tip of the trees
- Tags (found a package of 2 sheets of tags on the clearance rack at Hobby Lobby), could be cut from scrapbook paper
- Hot glue gun
- Fine-tip marker or calligraphy pen
- Fill the bottles about half-way with glitter. I liked the contrast of the two sizes of glitter; used an iridescent which just seems more magical to me.
- Wrap the lace or ribbon around the neck of the bottles to determine how much you will need for each one. Cut lace and attach with your favorite adhesive. Mine is hot glue, for the win!
- Measure ribbon or twine for charm also around the neck of each bottle, allowing extra length to tie in a bow. I cut one too short and had to knot it.
- Attach charm (in my case, a key) to the twine or ribbon then tie it around the bottle.
- Write “wish bottle” on tags with marker or calligraphy pen and attach to the same twine as the charm. Positioned my charms so they would hang in front of the tags.
- Hot glue trees to the bottle lids.
- Add bead to the top of the tree with hot glue.
I experimented with adding little self-adhesive rhinestones on the bottle but my 59-year-old fingers struggled with getting them where I wanted them. So I gave up on that idea. Also thought it might be cute to spray glitter on the trees or add little decorations in the form of beads or sequins. Could also use scrapbooking embellishments like self-adhesive pearls and gemstones to bling up the bottles even more.
That’s it. Simple, huh? I made 5 bottles but would like to make a few more and have plenty of supplies to do so. Have given 2 of them away telling the recipient in both cases that I hoped all of their wishes would come true in the new year. Wouldn’t these would make cute New Year’s Eve party favors or table decorations? You could make them in varying heights and sizes to use as a centerpiece. I just think they are so pretty, even if I do say so myself!! And wouldn’t they be fun attached to next year’s Christmas gifts? Might just do that! Maybe with a lighter weight plastic bottle?
I found several similar ideas on Etsy. Two of these feature dandelion fluff in place of the glitter. Perfect filling for a wish bottle. Saved those ideas on my Pinterest “DIYs, DIMs and Honey-Dos” board.
Now I am thinking these would even work for inexpensive birthday gifts. Might need to make some more to have on hand through the year!! Wonder where I can get dandelion fluff? We’ve been paying TruGreen good money to rid our yard of the pesky weeds. Dad gum it. Been killing off wishes left and right over here.
Years ago, I used to send out annual family updates with my Christmas cards. These days I don’t even send Christmas cards. Do you? I did receive several thoughtful cards from friends and family, and felt instantly guilty for not having sent cards out. Last year, I sent guardian angel note cards at the first of the new year. You can check them out here. Thinking I will try to do something similar this year after the dust settles from these busy holidays.
My friend Sue at Sizzling Toward Sixty selects a word of the year and creates posts and entire series around her word. Her word for last year was simplify…a word I need to adopt. Sue’s word for 2018 is thrive. She will be featuring guest authors to write about their thoughts on “Over 50 & Thriving”. I was honored when Sue asked me to write a post for this meaningful series. Stay-tuned for more info.
In the meantime, I have selected a word of the year, too. My word is peace. Over the past month, I have begun experiencing a lot of pain in my right jaw, very likely emporomandibular joint disorder. Probably stress-related (can you say POOL) and made worse by my frequent teeth grinding and clenching (to keep from screaming and banging my head against the wall). I have become aware of how tense I am – even as I try to go to sleep. So in 2018, I am going to work toward becoming more peaceful, more content, less stressed (I hope!). Play along, won’t you? What is your word of the year?
Thank you, ole chums, for spending a few moments here with me today. Wishing you a bright and safe new year celebration. And looking forward to being here with you in 2018. May all your wishes come true this year.
Hugs and kisses,