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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?

 

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?

One More Wreath

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This wreath thing is really addictive! After deciding to do my daughter’s wreath in purple and silver, I still had all those red and green ornaments that were just begging for a place among this year’s decor.

I also needed a special gift for my friend and supervisor at work. We have been friends for years and she was instrumental earlier this year in helping me attain my job that I love so much.

What better idea than something hand crafted with love?

This one turned out to be a slightly different style and less busy than the previous two.  My husband actually liked this one the best of all.

My friend was thrilled and displayed it in her office all day for everyone to see before taking it home at the end of the day.

Wreath Redo

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Having created a wreath for my daughter, and having had all the remaining ornaments strewn all over my craft table, I was inspired to redo my own wreath.

My original wreath was a number of years old.  The base was a styrofoam ring and after many years of enjoyment, it had fallen into disrepair.  I had thought it would just be a matter of reattaching the ornaments that had come off and reinforcing the glue in places, but upon examination, it became clear it was time to start over.

I had hoped to salvage as many ornaments as I could, so I carefully disassembled it.  I soon found that the years and the hot glue had done a number on many of them.  I was able to salvage some, but others were a total loss.  Luckily I had plenty on hand so I was not lacking.

The new wreath base is an artificial pine wreath.  It was so much easier to work with than the original styrofoam.  I remember what a lengthy process it was to have to hold the ornaments in place until the glue cooled and solidified.  I also remember burning all my fingertips in the process.  The pine base was definitely a quicker and safer option.

I finished it up and hung it on the door right about the time my husband came in from work.  “Wow!  Could you fit any more ornaments on it?” was his reaction.

Playing along with him I told him, “Yes, I probably could,” but we both agreed that the wreath was perfect as it was.

There are still more ornaments on my table.  Hmm…  Could I run out to purchase another wreath base?  Should I?  It’s so tempting!

Girlie Girl’s Wreath

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It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly six years since I made an ornament wreath, but my original blog post below testifies to that fact:

Crafting with Capri – Ornament Wreaths

These wreaths are so much fun and the results are always stunning.

I created this wreath for especially my daughter.  She now has a home of her own and I had been planning to make her a wreath since she moved there.

My original plan was to do one in red and green holiday colors, but when I pulled out the stash of ornaments I had been collecting for some time now, I found a bunch of purple ones.  I also had inherited quite a number of silver ornaments my Mom no longer wanted.  It didn’t take me long to determine this new direction was the right way to go.  Purple is her favorite color and she has always preferred silver over gold.

She was in town this weekend for a big holiday event with friends and would be breezing in and out before leaving for home.  I only had a short time to get the wreath done and have it to surprise her as well as for her to be able to enjoy during the holiday season.  So I set to work.

I was so pleased that it went together effortlessly.  Not only did it have ornaments from her maternal grandmother, but the purple bead garland came from necklaces we all wore at her paternal grandmother’s memorial service.  The finished wreath had all the bling and sparkle that is so representative of my daughter.

I had it hanging on the door  waiting to surprise her when she came in. She was thrilled. While we were putting lunch together, she kept disappearing from the kitchen.  She would come back to tell me she had to go look at her wreath again.

With that statement, I’m not sure which one of us got the better Christmas present!

 

 

Wine Cork Reindeer

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A little bit of research revealed to me that I had neglected to post these little cuties when I created them for gifts two years ago.

The result of another Google search, these little reindeer are made from a whole cork for the body and then corks which have been cut in half for their head and legs.  Some hot glue holds them together and they are embellished with googly eyes and a shiny red bead for the nose.  The antlers are from some small bits of stiff twine.  I formed the ears and tail out of white polymer clay that I over baked just a bit to get the tan color

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They were so much fun and I knew all my wine drinking friends would enjoy them so I made an entire herd!

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They are just too cute hanging on the tree!

Wine Cork Ornaments

I needed to come up with two wine themed ornaments for a holiday party we were attending.  One for the hostess and one for the ornament exchange.

A quick Google search yielded the perfect idea.  Wine cork snowflakes!  And I had all the materials on hand.  The original idea used satin ribbon, but I liked the look of the sheer ribbon much better.

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I cut the corks in half and then painted tacky glue on the uncut ends and dipped them in iridescent glitter.  Once they were dry, I hot glued them together.  The ribbon going around the outside was cut to 21 inches.  I used a dab of hot glue on the bottom to hold the ribbon in place while I tied it around the outside of the corks and knotted it at both the top of the corks and at the very end creating the hanger for the ornament.  A second length of ribbon was tied in a bow over the first knot.  The finishing touch was to hot glue the silver plastic snow flakes in place.

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I was thrilled with how they came out!  I made two more.  One for me and one for my daughter.  Once I locate more snowflake embellishments I plan to make more for gifts and craft shows.

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The ornament I received in the exchange was a bunch of grapes also created from wine corks.  I have another new idea!  You can bet I’m now on the look out for purple glitter!

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