Friday, May 28, 2010

How To Make A Wine Cork Wreath

Wine Corks!
So I have been hoarding collecting wine corks for about a year now and have been brainstorming ideas on how I can use them. (Check out my wine cork votive post!)

Anyways, now I have more than I know what to do with.
Over Christmas my mom and I decided to make a wine cork wreath. I l.o.v.e. the way it turned out!

Here is how to make a Wine Cork Wreath:
You can use any size wreath, I used a straw wreath on my first one... but the Dollar Tree sells grapevine wreaths and they work just as good. On a 10' inch size wreath you need about 200+ corks. Simply start by using a hot glue gun and placing the corks side by side (as seen below).

I sorted out my wine corks so the ones that I had multiple of, I set aside and used them at the base. Leaving the ones that were "special" or "unique" to be places on top.

Then just randomly place your favorite corks on top and Ta Da!
With all the wine corks I have accumulated my mother has been going on a wreath frenzy... she even bought some grape and vines to wrap around. I like it just plain and simple, but I guess you could change out ribbon or flowers to be seasonal.

*I do apologize for the crappy pictures, they were taken on my phone... as my camera is currently "hiding" somewhere.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Dollar Store Birds

Cheap Cheap Bird Make Over

I bought these birds at the Dollar Tree and wasn't sure what I was going to do with them. It is difficult to see in the picture but the main body of the bird is actually textured with sand. 

I decided to just spray paint them a slightly lighter color... I used:
I like using this spray paint because it has a gloss finish.

Here is the finished product:

I feel like these pictures just do not do justice! You aren't able to tell how much better they look, but they do! Before they looked very cheap (well probably because they were...) They look SO much better with just a coat of spray paint (and now the sand isn't getting all over the place either). I have seen numerous ceramic birds around at places like Pier One, Pottery Barn, Cost Plus World Market ranging from $5 to $12 a bird. 

Total Cost For Me:
I already had the spray paint on hand :)

Linking up to:

Show and Tell Green

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Thank You Cards Made Simple

Thank You...
So simple, and easy to make. I needed a quick fix for some thank you cards and came up with these! I like that you are able to personalize the card when you make them, these could be used for any occasion... a birthday, get well, or just because!
Items used:
Alphabet Stamps
Flower Stamp
Ink Pad
Paper Cutter
Glue Stick