Cork Tree Ornaments

DSCF5217Cork Tree Ornaments

DSCF4858My sap bucket was beginning to overflow with my saved wine corks so I decided it was time to come up with a project. Hey, no judgement…it’s not like I drank it all in one night. 😉

Since the corks were too big for the tree I had in mind, cutting them in half was the perfect option. The cuts didn’t look smooth, but I was using a serrated knife. Yes, a chop saw probably would have created a cleaner cut, but I value my fingers and they would have been a bit too close to the blade for this cut.

And then I was “stuck”. Yep, you’ll get that pun in a moment.

I started out using craft glue to attach them together. Nope, didn’t work. I tried E-6000. Nope, didn’t work. I even tried hot glue. That also did not work. (sigh)

The problem was material the corks were made of. They were not cork. They were rubber. I am assuming wine companies have changed to rubber corks because of price, but I don’t know. What I do know is this particular rubber didn’t like any of the adhesives I could think of. Seriously, I had too many corks to throw in the towel. I was not going to let these corks win!

DSCF5088I finally came up with a different method of attaching. After drilling from one side to the other, on each cork, in each horizontal row, I connected them with wire. Curling the wire ends held the corks tightly together.

DSCF5097The trunk, top of the tree and the center cork in the center row were also drilled from top to bottom.

DSCF5099This allowed me to vertically connect each of the rows. Two ends of the wire extended out the top. They were also curled.

DSCF5102They didn’t look too cool yet, but after finally figuring out how to bring everything together I was strutting like a peacock.

DSCF5224I wound miniature greenery garland around the tree, but something was still missing, not to mention I needed to come up with a way to hang them. I tried twine, but it didn’t look right so I tried hemp cord. Perfect! A bow was added to the front-center of the tree and the hanger was threaded through the curls on the top of the tree.

Another project heading to the craft show this weekend.


Game Letter Ornaments

DSCF5072Game Letter Ornaments

This was a great project to use up wood scraps and “play” with game letter tiles.

I have no idea what game the black tiles came from, but the others came from an old Scrabble game.

DSCF5077I don’t have any pictures of the steps, but I kinda think they are self-explanatory. Just in case you need a little more info, I’ll run it down for you.DSCF5078

I first laid out all the Christmas words I could think of with the tiles I had.

DSCF5081Then I measured the length of the words and added a bit. Each lath was cut to the individual measurements of each word. Keeping track of that could have made me a little crazy, but I made a master list of all the words and measurements to save my sanity.

I drilled a hole for the hanger and gave each board a quick rub of stain.

DSCF5082The embellishments are bits of greenery, berries and tiny winter die cuts.

And glitter! Yay! Yep, glitter just makes me happy. :)

DSCF5084These will be making their debut at the craft show this weekend.


Shabby Chic Train Cases

9-train caseShabby Chic Train Cases

1-train caseRestyle a vintage train case into a shabby chic case for organizing your vanity or corralling your photos and journals. This romantic container could also be used to display small vintage collectibles.

*This is a project I had originally published on FaveCrafts.

Things You Will Need:

Train case (overnight bag)
Craft knife
Light-colored, flat latex paint
Book pages
Decoupage medium
Sponge brush
Measuring tape
3 1/2-inch wide lace
Satin ribbon scrap
Craft glue
Small flowers

2-train caseRemove the lining from the inside of your train case. The lining is glued in, so in most cases simply prying up an edge with a knife will allow you to grasp it and pull it out. If you encounter stubborn areas, cut it loose with a craft knife. Discard the lining.

Close the case. Use a wet rag on the outside of the case to remove dust and dirt.

3-train casePaint all sides of the case, including the hinges and latches, using a light-colored, flat latex paint. Allow the paint to dry and repeat with additional coats if necessary. Since old cases tend to soak up a lot of paint, I like to use wall paint left over from previous home improvement projects. It’s a great way to use up that little bit left in the can and it prevents the added cost of purchasing a large quantity of craft paint.

Undo the latches on the case and lightly paint over the areas that didn’t get painted when the latches were closed.

Lightly sand the surface and the edges of the case. Lightly sand over the metal of the latches and hinges. Wipe away the sanding dust using a dry rag.

Insert the blade of a craft knife in the gap between the lid and the case bottom. Allowing the gap to guide you, cut through the dry paint that is gluing the lid closed. After you have cut all the way around the case you will be able to pull open the lid.

Rip old book pages into 2 to 3-inch pieces. I used ripped book pages left over from other projects. They came from a variety of old books. Even though they didn’t match, the contrast of different book pages added interest to the project.

4-train caseWorking in one small area at a time, apply decoupage medium to the inside of the train case using a sponge brush. Place a book page piece over the medium. Smooth out the wrinkles and seal with a layer of medium over the paper. Repeat with additional book page pieces, overlapping their edges, until the inside of the case and lid has been completely covered. Allow the decoupage medium to dry.

5-train caseUsing a measuring tape, measure around the horizontal circumference of the case and add 24 inches. Using this measurement, cut a length of 3 1/2-inch wide lace. Wrap the lace around the case and tie the ends in a bow on the front.

7-train caseCut a 10-inch scrap of satin ribbon that coordinates with your paint color. Thread a key on the ribbon and tie the ribbon around the handle of the case. Using craft glue, attach a small flower to the key. Arrange and glue additional flowers to the lace bow.

8-train caseEnjoy!

Not Lucky…Blessed

6-DSCF4176Not Lucky…Blessed

I came across several different versions of this on Pinterest and just had to make my own.

I had a few horseshoes laying around and my brother just replaced his fence. He gifted me with the old wood. Score!

2-DSCF4162After making stencils with my Cricut I was ready to rock and roll.

3-DSCF4163Quick and simple! I love these kind of projects.

7-DSCF4180After a little stenciling, I attached the shoes with E6000. To secure them really well, I drilled holes through the nail holes in the shoes and used wire to hold them in place.

5-DSCF4174A couple of sawtooth hangers on the back and these gems were done.


Mini Crocheted Teddy Bear-The Tutorial


Mini Crochet Teddy Bear-Tutorial

A lot of you have messaged, commented and emailed me asking for the mini crocheted teddy bear tutorial.

Woo Hoo! It has been published. You can find it here.

If you do not want to make your own, I do have them for sale in my Etsy shop.