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.


Wooden Door Peg Racks

DSCF5187Wooden Door Peg Racks

DSCF5189These peg racks turned out even better than I thought they would.

DSCF5190I’ve had a stash of old wooden doors for years, but with moving to a smaller house they had to be put in storage. I’ve been on a quest to reduce our storage space for over a year and have finally got two large units down to one unit half the size of the original two. That’s great, but most of the stuff that is left in the unit are things that I use for my projects. The only thing that makes sense in having them is to actually use them. It was time to repurpose the doors.

DSCF5175My husband and middle son cut the doors for the racks.

Since the doors are so old, the vibration from the saw caused a few of them to come apart so reconstruction was the first order of business.

DSCF5179After cleaning them up and sanding them I got out my stencils.

DSCF5177I really liked the natural aging on the doors so I decided not to add paint. Instead, I added a stained wax over everything. I am so glad I did. I think they look amazing.

DSCF5193The pegs were also stained and waxed before adding them to the doors.

Some nice heavy-duty hangers on the back completed the racks.

DSCF5183My first craft show of the season is this weekend in Arkansas City, Kansas at the Last-Run Car Show. If you are in the area, come check it out.


Blue Jean Upholstered Chair

DSCF5109Blue Jean Upholstered Chair

Blue jeans and hot glue, what could make a girl happier? Okay, maybe I’m an unusual girl…but I think you’re gonna like this too.

DSCF5039-001Happy Labor Day! I’ve been laboring for a few weeks now as I am preparing for three back-to-back craft shows that start at the end of this month. I’ve been taking lots of pictures and I thought I should finally get something posted.

DSCF5036This chair started out a bit raggedy. I bought it at the Rose Hill citywide yard sale a few months ago. It’s actually a child’s chair…well, more like a pre-teen chair. The upholstery looked like a cat had used it as a scratching post. I considered doing a normal re-upholstery job on it, but as stated before,…I’m an unusual girl. I decided to use a new batch of old blue jeans and hot glue.

DSCF5115I don’t have any “in progress” pics. It just kinda happened that way. I got going…and kept going. That should tell ya something. This project works up very quickly.

On this chair I used 3 adult-size, men’s jeans. I picked them up at a local yard sale. Size matters. If you are looking for jeans to do a project like this, choose jeans that have a lot of fabric.

I cut them up into rough squares and basically hot glued them right onto the chair. How easy is that!!DSCF5110-001Hot glue it hot! 😉 When applying glue, I got as close to the edge of each piece as possible while still being able to pick it up and move fast. This did leave about 1/4 inch around the edges unglued. After the chair was completely covered I did go back and apply craft glue just under the sections of all the exposed edges.

I first covered the cushion with jeans, but I thought it made the chair look too busy. I dug through my fabric and found a good size piece of denim that worked perfectly to cover the cushion. I wrapped it like a present and hot glued.

The stars were made from the same fabric as the chair cushion. They were all glued using craft glue.

DSCF5116This will be headed to the craft shows.