Archive for February, 2017

Wine Cork Bulletin Boards

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I’ve been saving corks for years.  Which was a good thing as it was surprising how many corks it took for this project.

The other challenge was finding the right frame.  I knew I needed a frame that was deep enough to accommodate the thickness of the corks.  It took quite a bit of searching the thrift shops to find just what I was looking for.

I cut a new backing from corrugated cardboard and stapled it to the back of the frame.

The cork pattern was a result of a Google search.  It is actually a quite forgiving design as there is some variation in length of the corks as well as diameter and shape since mine were all used corks.

The only other things I needed was a sharp knife to cut the corks to fit around the edge and my hot glue gun.

To say I was thrilled with how my project turned out is an understatement.  Not only will it be a great conversation piece, every cork represents a bottle of wine we shared or a winery we visited.  It’s a piece of our history and a reminder of wonderful memories.

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I still had some corks left.  And another frame.  So I created this second bulletin board for my daughter.

She has started a wine cork collection of her own but didn’t have near as many as I did. Between my corks and the ones my son collected from our winery visits, (he wasn’t old enough to drink, but he was cute enough that he always managed to acquire corks from the wineries), I still had plenty available.  I used the same pattern since it worked so well.

My husband was impressed with how the bulletin boards turned out.  He also remembered that one of the wineries we visited had used corks to create a table top which was done under glass.  So now we have a new mission to find just the right table to transform.  And to start another collection of wine corks.

There’s only one question tonight.  Red or white?

 

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Grape Vine Decor

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With Christmas over and the decorations packed away for another year, my attention turned toward creating a new wreath I could display year round on my door.

Last fall, I inherited some gorgeous artificial miniature grape clusters from a friend. She didn’t have plans to use them and graciously passed them on to me.  She also passed on some artificial grape leaf vines as well.

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I originally had planned to use an actual grape vine wreath as my base, but when I ran across this wire frame at the dollar store, I decided to give it a try.  I wove the leafy vines around it attaching them here and there with wire.  Once I was satisfied with the fullness, then I added the tiny grape clusters.  The wire base made the wreath much lighter and it was not too thick to place between my front door and the storm door.

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I had some vines and grapes still left so I wired them together to create some pretty swags to decorate the tops of my bookshelves.

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There were still some sprigs left and I just couldn’t stop.   I wired on the grape clusters and poked them in between wine themed items on my display shelf.

The greenery adds such a nice warm touch to my living room.  Care to join me for a glass of wine?

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