Saturday, January 31, 2015

Diy Pottery Barn Inspired Cork Wine Bottle Wall Hanging

My dear friend, Helen, gave me lots of wine corks she had accumulated before she and her hubby moved 400 miles away to a beautiful new home and warmer climate.  With the corks I made the usual spiral cork ball out of some of them but wanted to make something special and a bit different with the many I had left.  

I was so excited about finding a perfect piece of artwork to knockoff using wine corks. 

It's a stunning cork wine bottle image, 20 inches wide by 44 inches tall on wood.  

And the wall hanging was easy to duplicate just by counting the number of corks in each row, and basically hot gluing each one down in place into the shape of a bottle on black painted canvas. 

Just one thing, though, you have to realize that these are recycled used corks that have different shades, widths and lengths from the moisture of the wine and size of the bottles. 

So the corks didn't line up perfectly.

But I did group like corks together.

And I put down a piece of painter's tape and drew chalk lines on each side to try to keep the corks straight while gluing.

After gluing, I used red wine to "paint" some of the corks.

So, what do you think?

I think this grouping is perfect for wine lovers and wine themed spaces. 

And it cost next to nothing since I already had everything I needed on hand including the canvas.  Can you believe the original piece carries a $179 price tag? 

Hot dang!

Not bad, huh?

What a great way to use recycled corks.

Take a little time to enjoy


Happy Crafting!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Scrunchie Crepe Paper Valentine Heart DIY

Here's a fun, quick and easy Valentine project you can make on your own or with the kids.  

Just take a piece of crepe paper, roll it around a dowel rod on one side and then on the other side do the same, making sure your rolled paper rods come together in the center.

Stand the rods up and from the bottom, start pushing down on the paper with your fingers, crushing it together until all of the paper is crushed .

Remove the sticks from the paper and you have what I would call  crepe paper scrunchies! 

Now ready to make whatever you want!!!

One cool thing about these scrunchies is that they can be expanded a bit - by pulling them out and or glued together to make them longer! 
To make the heart, I glued the end together and pushed and glued the center down, forming a small heart.
Then, I rolled more crepe paper together in different colors .  .  .

crushed down together and .  .  .

glued one end together to make the scrunchie longer and then wrapped & glued them around the smaller hearts.  .  .  .
forming an adorable larger heart!

Imagine making several of these to place around your home for Valentine's Day decorating, or use in gift giving on wrapped presents, or you can do as I did, and glue a scrunchie covered stick to the heart and place in a potted plant or flowers .  .  .

Either way, this scrunchie crepe paper Valentine heart is sure to be a hit!

Take a little time to enjoy


Happy Crafting!

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Snowdrop - January's Winter Flower DIY

"Good morning little snowdrop, so full of hope and grace.
How wonderful to welcome your gentle smiling face."
                                                                                                               Angela Yardy
What do you do with leftover white and green foam paper scraps?  Well, you make something cute like little snowdrop flowers - and while you're at it, paint an unfinished crate, add a decorative trim and ta-da, you have created an adorable winter centerpiece.

Here's how:    

Cut out teardrop shaped petals from scraps of foam paper.  Wrap pieces of cotton balls around wire stems. 

Coat cotton with mod podge, shaping into buds and allow to dry.

Use the blade of scissors to curve petals and dot buds with green paint to
 mimic inner flower segments.

Wrap stems with crepe paper starting at the base of petals and bend the stem and flower facing down.
"Good afternoon young snowdrop, so full of peace and love
How wonderful to welcome you to the world above."
After making lots of snowdrop flowers and green foam leaves, I painted an unfinished crate with Annie Sloan's Henrietta, a muted pink shade that I didn't like:

Then adding AS's Coco on top, and finally settling on this after adding touches of white chalk paint:
      "Gooday my little snowdrop, so delicate and fine
How wonderful to welcome you into this heart of mine."
 Next, I found a snowdrop image at The Graphics Fairy and transferred it onto a piece of unfinished wood using the mod podge image transfer technique.

And then finished it using the same chalk paints as on the crate.

"Good evening humble snowdrop; I’m so pleased that you’re here.
You bring a breath of life to the beginning of the year."
Please visit  for more creative poetry and to read the complete 

 "Good Morning  Little Snowdrop" poem
by Angela Yardy

Take a little time to enjoy


Happy Crafting!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Recycled Soda Bottle Heart Shaped See-Thru Box

Create a beautiful see-thru heart shaped box for your Valentine candies or trinkets with nothing more than items from the dollar store.  
Here's how:

Materials needed:
  • Soda bottle (3 liter)
  • Valentine paper plates
  • White posterboard
  • Corrugated sparkling paper or pliable cardboard (1 inch wide side trim that doesn't crack)
  • Masking tape
  • Tacky glue
  • Scissors/xacto knife
  • Foam paper


  • Remove the middle section of a 3 liter soda bottle (Dollar Tree) by taping off the top for a straight line and cutting around, bottom and top, leaving a closed cylinder shape.

  • Press together the plastic cylinder, creasing one side with the handle of scissors or a bone folder. 

  • Press the center of the opposite side toward the crease and make a second crease.

  • Let the plastic open naturally forming a heart shape.

  • Use the heart shape plastic (both sides) to trace two hearts from the pattern paper plates and white poster board.

  • Apply glue to the back of the poster board hearts and attach the paper plate hearts.
  • I used one inch wide silver corrugated strips that I had leftover when I made a snowflake here to tape on around the hearts with masking tape. You can use any pliable material that doesn't crack to make the sides of the hearts, top and bottom. 


  • Once the sides are taped on, add tacky glue around inside where the heart shape edge and trim meet and let dry completely. ( I chose not to use hot glue since I am not neat enough using the gun and I didn't want it to look messy and ooze out)

  • Remove the masking tape and attach the heart shape top and bottom.

Cool looking, isn't it!

Smaller versions can be made using smaller soda bottles.

I made a decorative flower to add on top, using foam paper from the dollar store.  The red shade was a bit off so I used pink instead - by using a scallop edge punch to cut out circles warmed on a iron and hot glued to a center circle.
Turned out really cute! 


These boxes can be embellished with your special trim and filled with anything adorable and cute.  So pick out your sweetie's favorite treat and make one for Valentine's Day!

Take a little time to enjoy