Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Starting Early on Christmas Goodies


 
I don't mean to rush into Christmas, but since I make almost all of my gifts, I have to start early.  Today I am going to share with you one of the things I do for the holidays.  Just a little, simple gift that takes no time at all.
 
As you can see on the pedestal with the cloche, I have a collection of vintage clear glass salt shakers.  I collect them all year and I'm sure if you follow my Saturday Treasures, you know I generally have picked up a few.  You can usually get them for $1.00 each and up to $3.00 for a pair.  If you watch for the "lone" ones without a partner, you can usually get a really good deal on them.
 
Now, the ones with the red Bakelite tops run a little more.
 
 
This is so easy, I even hesitate to tell you how to do it.  But, it does make a precious little gift.
 
Clean out the salt shaker (I put mine in the dishwasher - but not the top part - you want it to look old).  Then buy a package of the little artificial trees at Michaels or HL.  Put just a dab of hot glue on the bottom of the wooden base and using tweezers, push it down into the salt shaker.  It will stay put immediately.  Then take a small funnel and pour some artificial snow in.  If it gets on the tree - that's OK.  It'll work it's way down.
 
Screw on the lid and you're done.
 
 
I put a bunch of them on my pedestal with the cloche over them in the entry.  Then, when I have company, as they leave  I can gift them with one. 
 
 
The two ruby pieces of glass were my Mom's.  The little red candy is glass also.  The Candy Cane arrangement has rusty stars which goes with the rusty pedestal.
 
Enjoy!
 
Till next time, Judy

32 comments:

Ms. Redo said...

Awesome, I'm stopping by your house during Christmas so you can gift me an awesome salt shaker! ;) Love the vignette you've created with your beautiful cloche.

Linda Primmer said...

Lovely vignette withe vintage salt and pepper shakers. I love your cloche. I know the Christmas commercials have already started.

Olive said...

What a fabulous idea for lone shakers.

Laurie said...

Your come up with the most clever ideas Judy, this is so cute!

Bev said...

Adorable! You now have an entry in the "Holiday Decorations" part of your book!

Cheery wave!

Bev

Cozy Little House said...

Oh my, I want one of these cute little treasures!
Brenda

Keeping it Cozy said...

SO cute! I love the idea.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a cute idea! I collect 'orphan' shakers but find it hard to part with them. Hugs, LInda

Our Neck of the Woods said...

That is so clever! What a creative way to use S&P shakers. I love it!

Barbara F. said...

Judy, you are so talented and so created. I guess it just comes naturally with you being an angel! I can't wait to see what else is coming up. Will things be added to your Etsy?? xo

Blondie's Journal said...

These are darling, Judy, and so cute grouped together under the dome. Keep the ideas coming, I'm not very crafty but you never know what I may pick up on!

Have a wonderful day! :)

XO,
Jane

Suzy said...

This is such an adorable idea, Judy. Love, love, love it! I bet anyone that you give one to is so thrilled.

Debby said...

Very cute. Last year my littles and I made some with little jars but I love the salt shakers for the containers. They are just sweet.
I used to make most of my gifts. My grown kids jusst aren't into the things I like. Any suggestions.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

This is just the cutest idea ever! I always think..why can't I do that? heehee! Hugs!

Melanie said...

Cute! I especially love the collection under the cloche.

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

What a fabulous holiday idea! I love little pretty salt shakers, too. So far I've been collecting them to use as tiny little flower vases, but I may have to give this idea a try as well--thank you so much for sharing it with us!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

I have never seen a cloche like yours...it's wonderful! Cute stockings in your Etsy too.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

You are always so creative, I love that idea...and here I was at Michaels today...didn't get trees though.

But I finally found some fake snow!!!

I gave away so many craft supplies when I moved, silly me.

Jen

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Love that little tree shaker! What a darling gift it makes. It all goes so fast. It doesn't seem at all early to be getting ready for Christmas!

Babs said...

I love it! So darling for a gift or a "keeper". I have several little trees and can't wait to make some...now I just have to find some neat containers. :)
Babs

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

So cute! I collect old salt and pepper shakers and have a few big ones I could put a little tree in. Such a great idea!

Chenille Cottage said...

This is so petite and so sweet! Just love your post!
Smiles,
Carolynn xo

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

This is a great idea and so simple that even I can do it!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

First of all, I love your pedestal cloche, Judy! That is a gorgeous piece. I love this project, too. Such a sweet gift and I like the idea of making a few for myself, too. I am going to be making a lot of gifts myself this year, too.

freckled laundry said...

Oh, I love it, Judy. What a simple & lovely gift idea. I have some extra glass spice jars with metal lids on hand. Your cloche and the display is wonderful. Happy Sunday. ~ Jami

freckled laundry said...

Oh, I love it, Judy. What a simple & lovely gift idea. I have some extra glass spice jars with metal lids on hand. Your cloche and the display is wonderful. Happy Sunday. ~ Jami

Ruby and Arthur said...

What a sweet and simple idea. I would love one and they always say to give what you would like to receive! Thanks for the idea, Jean

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

What a cute and easy Christmas decoration. It's just darling!

Gina said...

Such a pretty vignette! That salt shaker is so adorable. Definitely pin-worthy!

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

I love this darling idea. I looked for the little trees at HL and the dollar store to no avail. I'll try Michaels next. These are just perfect, your friends and family will love their gifts.

Tanya@takesix said...

What a precious idea! I love it! I even have some little S & P shakers that I can use! Thank you for the inspiration! :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I came back over here to read your post again. I found a couple of the salt shakers today and even a bag of the little trees. I think though,I might want to put them on top like you did on the spools. Anyway...you inspired me today! Now I wonder if the dollar store has snow! lol Happy weekend!

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