It’s been a while since I’ve posted. All has been pretty quiet on the craft front. I’ve had a few Etsy orders that I needed to finish (this, this, and these) which has put a serious dent in my hobby crafting. Until now.
Every Christmas at my office, everyone gives small gifts to all their co-workers. It’s usually something small: ornaments, candy, cocoa, etc. Last year I made these for everyone.
They were a huge hit and even now I still see them on people’s key rings. However, this means that I have high expectations to fulfill this year. I have been racking my brain since July as to what to make, and last week an idea hit me:
Miniature Redneck Wine Glasses
Before moving to the south, I had no idea what a Redneck Wineglass was. The first time I saw one was at my cousin’s wedding shower last March. For all my fellow Yankees, it is literally a mason jar epoxy-glued onto a dollar-store candlestick
Tada! It doesn’t get much more redneck than that.
The miniature aspect came to me when I noticed the collection of baby food jars I had accumulated in the last several months. While my husband and I mostly used the plastic-wrapped food, we did buy a couple dozen glass jars of baby food , which I carefully cleaned and saved thinking “These will definitely come in handy for… something.”
I started by cleaning all the jars. Getting the baby food out is the easy part
Getting the label off is a bit trickier. I was doing it the “hard way”, as my husband said (my fingernails). He had found a better way (BTW, those are my husband’s hairy arms, not mine):
We used a silicone-based lubricant spray, but WD-40 could work as well. Isn’t WD-40 always the answer?
Just soak the jars in hot, soapy water for about 10 minutes, squirt a little bit of grease onto the jar and rub the glue off. Make sure to clean the jar very well afterward so there is no more grease residue. I washed my jars in the sink and then ran them through the dish washer.
I found these on amazon and I love them for 2 reasons: They are cheap ($6.99 for a dozen, not including shipping) and they are lightweight. Since I am using these as Christmas ornaments, the less weight hanging on the tree the better. True, they are not as high quality as glass ones, but from even medium-close up, they still look pretty good.
I also had some taller baby food jars from the level 3 food. I found some 3″ skinny candlesticks from Target for those. I call them Redneck Champagne Flutes.
I wiped down the bottom of each jar with rubbing alcohol just to get any errant oils off of it. I then applied a thin layer of E-6000 to the rim of the candle holder. Be careful, because the acrylic candle holders I used were open on both ends.
I pressed it down and centered the holder while the glue was still wet. An now we play the waiting game…
E-6000 recommends letting the glue set for 24-72 hours. I think because you won’t be running these through the dish washer, 24 might be enough.
Next, the lids. Believe it or not, the lid is a very important part of the Redneck Wineglass. I decided to make mine into ornaments and use the lids as part of the method to hang them.
We used a 1/8 in drill bit to make the holes in the center of the lid. First, the center was marked with a sharpie
Then, we scored the black dot so that the drill bit wouldn’t slip out of center as we were drilling
Had I been doing this on my own, I would’ve just drilled the holes and been like “Done!” But since husband was controlling the drill and he’s a perfectionist, he insisted on removing all of the metal burrs.
He was thorough. In the end, the holes were completely flush and professional looking. Now they won’t snag on the ribbon. Good Job, Husband!
Next, I glued the lid to the wineglass. With normal Redneck Wineglasses, of course, you wouldn’t do this, but since I had no plans to have anyone drink out of these and I wanted to ensure they wouldn’t fall off of someone’s Christmas tree, I knew glue was necessary. I used the same glue that I had used for the candlestick and the jar.
Note: It is very important that you only put a thin line of glue on the lids. I used a bit too much glue on some of the lids and it began running down the insides of the jars. I didn’t even catch it until it was too late.
The final touch was the tag. I used a scrapbook punch to punch a tag out of a piece of recycled card stock. I then wrote “Merry Christmas, Y’all” on the card and secured it to the glass with a matching piece of ribbon, longer than the first one.