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.


Birdhouse Stands

Birdhouse StandBirdhouse Stands

Another project for the craft shows. I had a little trouble coming up with a title for this post. These stands can be used outside with flower pots in them, or inside as storage decor. We have one we use inside to hold newspapers, but it could also be used for magazines or bathroom storage.

My husband and I have made these before, but it has been years. Actually, I don’t think we have made these since moving to Kansas from Colorado (15 years ago) so this will be new to our shows here.

DSCF4932Now to be honest, hubby did most of the work on these.

After ripping the boards to the right width, the back pickets were cut into birdhouse shapes and the holes were drilled.

DSCF4935Hubby built the boxes…

DSCF4938…and half of the stands…

DSCF4942…while I painted the birdhouses.

DSCF5051After the birdhouses were painted he was able to complete the stand and add the eaves.

We made several so if you are in Ark City, Kansas this Saturday, come check them out at the Last Run Car Show.


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.


Gunny Sack Window Art

8-DSCF4754Gunny Sack Window Art

1-DSCF4681I have the best customers!

I recently sold the cupboard I had restyled a few weeks ago and the customer who bought it gifted me with these two windows. She had already sold several windows, but nobody seemed to want these because a few of the panes had come out. Score!!!

2-DSCF4699My vision didn’t involve the panes at all so I just removed them. After cleaning up the frames I decided I liked the chippy finish and did not paint them.

I added a layer of chicken wire to the back…

1-DSCF4685…and then dug out my vintage gunny sacks. I only had a couple with printing on them left in my stash, but as always I worked with what I had. One sack has several hole issues so I decided to start with the one that was in better shape. I still think the one with holes will work, it just needs a little extra attention.

I opened up the bottom of the sack and then cut a slit up the center so the printing would be centered when the bag was opened and laying flat.

3-DSCF4701After ironing out all the wrinkles, I placed the frame over the sack. The excess on the edges was folded around the frame and taped to hold it in place. I flipped it over and stapled it to the frame. The excess around the edges was then trimmed off.

5-DSCF4708I loved it, but it still looked like it needed a little something-something.

6-DSCF4715Out came my collection of die cuts. I picked a couple of flowers to use as a pattern. Burlap is a horrible frayer. Hmm, is frayer a word? Well, if it isn’t, I say it is for today. 😉 Anyhow, I ironed heavy duty fusible web to the back of burlap scraps before I traced and cut out the flowers. The web prevented the flowers from fraying, as well as gave them a sturdy base.

Paint was lightly added around the edges of each flower to make them pop.

7-DSCF4721The flowers were sewn to the screen and gunny sack with jute.

8-DSCF4754I love it!


Fence Wood Flags

9-DSCF4435Fence Wood Flags

My brother has been replacing his fence and I have been lucky enough to be the recipient of the old wood, as well as scraps of the new wood.

1-DSCF4406These flags were created from the new wood scraps because most of them were already cut to the size I wanted. The only thing I needed to cut was the square for the blue field.

2-DSCF4410I decided that two pieces of wood made the perfect size for the flag, so the white stripe was painted to overlap both pieces.

3-DSCF4412Masking was essential for a nice crisp stripe.

4-DSCF4413After basing with the red, white and blue paint, then adding a stenciled star on the blue field…,

5-DSCF4417…I aged each piece with stain. Wow! That new wood sucked up the stain. Only six flags used up more than half a quart.

6-DSCF4424I wanted something a little bit different than my normal sign construction, so I connected the flag boards with rusty baling wire.

7-DSCF4430The blue fields were attached with my staple gun.

9-DSCF4435After adding the hanger, they still looked kinda blah so I added an old bottle cap to the center of the star and ripped a strip from old blue jeans to tie around the hanger.

8-DSCF4432Happy 4th of July!