Our 10 Favorite Last Minute Christmas Projects

How did December get here already, wasn’t it just The 4th of July? The Holiday Season seems to sneak up on us every year without notice!   If you didn’t start your Christmas Crafting when all the stores started bringing in the Christmas craft supplies back in July, fear not, you can still make some pretty stellar décor and gifts just in the (Saint) Nick of time.

We’ve made a list (and checked it twice) of our favorite fun and easy Christmas crafts to make for your home or for a great gift. All of these fantastic projects (and many more) can be found on our website, from gifts made with Clear Crafting Blocks to décor made with KraftyBloks , our Creative Corner is your one stop shop for last-minute glass crafting Christmas project tutorials! Just click the title for full instructions for each of the projects listed or hop on over to our Creative Corner for more great projects.

Top Christmas Crafts Décor and Gifts

1.       Mirror Snowflake Holiday Ornament

A mosaic, frame and ornament all in one!This project is great to give or keep.

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2.       Vintage Christmas Ornaments

Where do stained glass, ribbon and decoupage meet? On the Christmas Tree of course! This stained glass project is perfect for beginners and a great way to mix up crafty mediums!

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3.       Snowman Trio Pin

A little bit of dichroic glass goes a long way! Add some sparkle to your blouse or give a fun and frosty gift. Make this project in no time with the Fuseworks Microwave Kiln.

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4.       Mosaic Snowflake Serving Tray

This mosaic project is perfect for snowy nights!

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5.       Peace Love Hope Joy Ornament

Perfect for decking the halls! Create this adorable ornament with a My Tile Kit, ribbon, bails and paint!

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6.       Wreath Bottle Stopper

Perfect for a Holiday Host or Hostess!Make this project in no time with the Fuseworks Microwave Kiln.

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7.       The First Noel

Celebrate the Season with a KraftyBlok display!

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8.       Christmas Tree Luminary

Mosaic a KraftyBlok to make a lovely luminary or nightlight.

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9.       Country Dinner Bell 

Start a Jingle Bell Rock or gather the family for a lovely holiday meal using our G2 Bottle Cutter and wine bottle.

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10.   Christmas Trivet

Add some Christmas flair to the table!

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7 Simple Tips to Help Your Bottles Separate

craftmdIn honor of Earth Day, coming up this Monday, we are bringing you our best advice for using one of the most popular upcycling tools out there, the Generation Green (g2) Bottle Cutter!

There’s not a parent or a pet owner out there that does not understand the term “separation anxiety!”  Well, in my Upcycling quest, I have come across a group of people who have put new meaning to this term – those afraid to score and separate bottles.

Well, fret no more Dr. Lauren (I’m not really a doctor, I just play one in this blog) is in the house. To get over your “bottle separation anxiety” here’s what you must do:

  1. Practice good bottle hygiene. Make sure that you remove the entire label from the bottle you want to cut. Even the smallest amount of sticky residue will interfere with the scoring process. We recommend using rubbing alcohol to get most labels off, but if you have a really stubborn label try nail polish remover with acetone.
  2. Always keep your cutting wheel oiled – this is a big one. The better you oil the wheel, the smoother your cut will be – a lot of theDADBOTTLE-WEB separation issues I hear about are quickly resolved when the wheel is oiled – bonus – the more you oil the wheel the longer the blade will last!
  3. Remove stress. Remember a good cut doesn’t require a lot of pressure. Most people think that the bottle will separate much better with a deep cut, but that is the opposite of what will happen. When you score deeply, the glass will splinter and run up and down the line you actually want. A light score is best when trying to separate a bottle – bonus – the less force you exert on the cutter the longer the tool will last – a lot of crafters break their tools because they are simply using too much force.
  4. Not all bottles are created equally! Keep this in mind when you are cutting. Some bottles, especially recycled ones, have an uneven wall thickness which can really ruin the separation process.
  5. Textured bottles are really cool, but you just have to avoid them. They are really impossible to score and the uneven surface makes for a difficult separation.
  6. When you are first starting out, practice on beer bottles. They are easy to cut and easier to come by.
  7. I use and recommend the hot and cold water shock method to separate our bottles for a good reason- it’s the safest and most efficient way to separate the bottles. Please use this method before any other to get the best separation.

Bottle Art KitsI prescribe a healthy dose of practice, practice, practice as often as you can. This should alleviate any further “bottle separation anxiety” symptoms!

P.S. I don’t make house calls!

Are you in need of a g2 Bottle Cutter, find one at any of these fabulous retailers or win one along with our four fabulous Bottle Art Kits by entering our Earth Day Contest, check out this post for all of the details!

Win 1 of 3 G2 Bottle Cutters at Craftbits!

G2-Package-LeftWho doesn’t love winning? Crazy question right…

This month you can win and help save the Earth! In addition to the contest we are running here on our blog, Diamond Tech has partnered with Craftbits to give away 3 Generation Green (g2) Bottle Cutters! The Craftbits contest runs from today, April 15th until May 15th.

With the G2 Bottle Cutter you can create awesome upcycled home décor like vases, sculptures, terrariums and fun and functional glassware too! The g2 bottle cutter is made from recycled aluminum, so you are keeping more than just glass bottles out of the landfill!

What are you waiting for… enter the Craftbits competition here and don’t forget about our contest ending April 21, enter here!

Create Glass Cloches with Wine Bottles!

Glass ClochesApril is the perfect month for green crafting! Earth Day is near, so we decided to share a project that makes use of three bottles that would otherwise be headed to the landfill!

Glass cloches are perfect for parties; display your hors d’oeuvres without letting the bugs get to them before your guests have a chance to snack.

Make this pretty green project using the g2 Bottle Cutter, some old wine bottles, etching cream, twine and buttons! Download instructions for this great upcycling project here. Check out our Creative Corner for more fun upcycling projects and to find the G2 Bottle Cutter in store near you, visit our dealer locator.

P.S. Don’t forget to enter by April 21st  to win your very own G2 Bottle Cutter here. 

Win a Generation Green (g2) Bottle Cutter and All Four Bottle Art Kits

Bottle Art KitsEarth Day is right around the corner, how will you celebrate? We are celebrating by giving you a chance to win a Generation Green (g2) Bottle Cutter and all four Generation Green Bottle Cutter Kits!

Whoever said it isn’t easy being green? Stop tossing those glass bottles in the trash and start your Earth Day Crafting by upcycling! It’s simple with the Generation Green (g2) Bottle Cutter. Made from recycled aluminum (making it Earth friendly too), the g2 is lightweight and allows you to easily score and separate discarded bottles and wide-mouth jars in 3 steps. Using the g2 Bottle Cutter you can celebrate Earth Day all year round by turning old glass bottles and jars into glass sculptures, vases, lamps shades, drinking glasses or votive holders.

Create the ideal environment for growing and watering any type of plant with the 3-in-1 Plant Keeper, for all the keepsakes you treasure – a special photo, a dried flower, concert or theatre tickets, vacation trinkets, cards and letters keep them close at hand and inside a unique Keepsake Bottle, add a dancing glow and a warm ambience to any room or outdoorG2 Bottle Cutter space with a Glass Luminary or create colorful and whimsical Wind Chimes from recycled bottles and jars.

Enter our Earth Day Contest from now until April 21, 2013 by leaving us a comment on this blog post telling us what you plan to create with the g2 Bottle Cutter, go to our Pinterest page and check out our Creative Corner to find some great ideas! We will pick a winner at random on Earth Day, April 22, 2013! Exciting news like this is hard to keep to yourself, so feel free to pass this contest on to your friends.

Cut Out Waste with the Precision 2000 Band Saw

Upcycled Mixed Media Using Paint, Metal, Glass and Wood

Spring is near and I say it’s about time we start showing the season a little love and since mixed media projects are all the rage, we’re going to share with you one of our most recent mixed media projects, Cut Out Waste.

This panel incorporates mdf board, glass, copper came, solder, wood and paint. It was created mostly using scraps, and believe it or not, all of the materials were cut to size using a single tool… The Precision 2000 Bandsaw – the ultimate hobby saw or should I say mixed media art saw!

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The Precision 2000 has capabilities of cutting glass, stone, shell and acrylic with the diamond blade; wood, wood composites and leather with the wood blade; and soft, non-ferrous metals with the metal blade so it truly is the perfect tool for mixed media work.

So if you are ready to Cut Out Waste and make some mixed media art, come on over to the Diamond Tech Crafts Creative Corner and take a look at the instructions for the Cut Out Waste Panel.

Weekender Project: Upcycles Seaside Votive Holder

Summer is the perfect time of year to spend a day at the beach basking in the glow of the sun and sipping delicious drinks (you know, the tropical ones with the tiny umbrellas) in the sand! That is, unless the beach is overcrowded  or you live in a faraway beachless town or you don’t know when you will ever see your vacation.

Oh, beach smeach  – who needs one to relax, create your own beach atmosphere and save all the hassle of getting there! This seaside votive holder will have you relaxing out back sipping mai tais and pina coloadas in no time.

Create this seaside votive holder using a large and small wine bottle and a beer bottle, throw in some sand, beachy trinkets and a calming candle and your beachy paradise will  literally be right around the corner! Find the complete instructions for this upcycled candle holder here and find more fantastic summer projects in our Creative Corner.