Friday, December 11, 2009

Recycled Christmas Countdown ... more reasons to drink more wine


While you are getting merry this season with your favorite bottles of red and white -start saving your wine corks

(you may already have a nice little collection)

and turn them into amazingly awesome Christmas tree ornaments!

A little cork education:

Cork is the bark of the cork oak tree. Most cork is grown in managed forests, primarily in Portugal and Spain, where the cork is carefully harvested in a centuries-old tradition using hand tools and without pesticides or fertilizers ensuring the trees will remain undamaged.

To make these little beauties you will need:

Corks, Buttons, Glue, Pleather Cording, Eyehooks, Slip Rings and Some Cute Little Christmasy Things to Hang From Your Corks

1. Start with a button that is about the size of your cork or a bit larger and thread it with a strand of pleather from the bottom up
2. Stack on a few more buttons and tie it off. Give your pleather a few more inches for hanging and trim.
3. Using a pair of sharp little scissors dig a little hole in the top of your cork so your bottom button sits flat
4. Glue the button to the cork and let this set
5. Twist an eyehook into the bottom of your cork and add a slip ring
6. Now you are ready to add any cute little Christmasy things you can think of to dangle from your corks


OK, I have to admit this is a re-post from last Christmas.

I'm actually at the mall right now looking for a parking spot or maybe at our town's tree lighting ceremony- which is actually held right across the street from our house- yup, lucky us- but they give us jingle bells for our shoes and we really, really want those bells, so even though it is about minus 20 with the wind chill we will be there.

and this post is for your own good anyway, because wine is very good for you- at least red wine .... plus it is low calorie ... really

Note to my scale- please be kind today- I'm hoping for a .6 loss - that's all I need-and if it happens, we'll totally be BFF forever.

OK, off to get my jingle bells.

6 comments:

VintageScraps.etsy.com said...

I believe all of us would do quite a bit for jingle bells.
(and great ornaments!)

ArtSnark said...

cute project! Enjoy your bells

M.M.E. said...

Great idea. I'm glad I'm not the only person who braves these -20 degree days.

Pesky Cat Designs said...

What a great idea! I often save corks from wine that I opened on special occasions. It would be nice to have them decorating my tree as well as reminding me of a special day. Keep warm and have a great weekend. :)

Abstractheart said...

I love this project! I always hated throwing out my corks, but had no idea what to do with them.

Wild Woman Jewelry said...

...like I need more reasons to drink red wine...at the moment, there is a drawer in my kitchen i can hardly close -- i keep peeping it open and stuffing just one more cork into it's apparently bottomless space! now - a purpose for them all. many thanks and hope you found that space at the mall!