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Holiday Bottle Toppers

Holiday parties are upon us! Want to dress up your party? Why not make some bottle toppers that not only show your holiday spirit, but your unique personality, and amazing talent!

They can be made for any holiday, but since Christmas is just around the corner, we'll do some winter focused toppers.

The great thing about this project is you can even make them out of self-hardening and air dry clays. It's a great project for the kids to make for soda and juice bottles, you can put them atop oil and vinegar bottles, and you can even just set them on a shelf as a decoration.

Grab your coffee and follow me to the studio!

No matter how you choose to use them, what clay you use, or if you plan to paint or glaze them, these little toppers are real charmers.

  1. For Angels and Trees, cut a triangular piece of clay, score and slip each side, then roll it into a cone and seal the seam
    IMG_6216 I frayed the bottom a little for asthetics


  2. For snowmen, Santa, reindeer, etc... you will want to roll a ball of clay large enough to open for the bottle top 
  3. For snowmen, make 3 balls of varying sizes, hollow the centers, and pierce a hole anywhere it will meet with another ball of clay. If you don't pierce a hole in it, the air inside will expand and cause cracks or a rupture.
    IMG_6226 You can pierce all the way through once it's assembled with a pointed tool or stylus


  4. Make sure you take into consideration the shrink rate and make sure the openings will fit the bottle top. 
  5. Depending on what type of clay you used, and what method you plan to use for finishing, this would be the time for underglazes. 
  6. If you plan to paint them, you can fire to max cone, or set it aside to dry... again dependent on what clay you've used.
  7. For traditional glazing, bisque fire, wax the bottom, glaze then fire.

I've found, that for me, they are much easier to paint than glaze. I like to add personal touches and designs, so I prefer to fire to max cone (6 for me), then once they have completly cooled, I use the Mayco Softees Acrylic stains. Not only do they come in a great variety of color, they truly hold up to the wear and tear of everyday use.

If you'd like to share your ideas, projects, or submit a post for our blog, email us at! We look forward to hearing from you! Ps... you can send us your pictures at that address as well!


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