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The Accidental Cork Board

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Over the holidays my brother gave me a HUGE bag of wine corks to use for my craft projects. With all my pinning lately, I was ready to get started. Almost everything on Pinterest with wine corks was old frames and I already made two crafts out of my busted frames! So I started walking around the house. What could I recycle? Then it hit me, I had a bamboo cutting board that bit the dust when it “accidentally” fell off the top of the refrigerator…..

I decided it was time to recycle and reuse this bad boy. I got out my gorilla glue and put it back together. While I was waiting for the glue to dry, I started separating the wine corks by size, fonts and characters from the winery’s. Now this may just be my inner librarian coming out with the need to organize things. It did make it easier when I was placing them on the cutting board. Once I had everything laid out I started placing the corks on the board. This gave me a feel for how closely I could come to the edges without spilling over. I used 2 horizontal and 2 vertical for my pattern, but you could really lay them out any way you want. Now that the corks were laid out, I started hot glue gunning. If you try this let me warn you, the corks really condense once you start gluing, so keep a couple of extra corks on-hand so you can fill in where needed.

Materials

  • Hundreds of wine corks, depending on the size of your frame or backing (all different sizes too)
  • Hot Glue Gun

Here is what I used to place a hanger on the back. I had some screw eyes out in my tool bench and some picture wire in my junk drawer. I screwed the eyes into the back of the cutting board upper left and right hand side. Then I measured enough wire to run across the back, keeping it taut, and wrapped it tightly around the screw eyes.

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The Finished Project! I hung it in my kitchen. Thanks to my brother I have a new cork board, or just a pretty neat decoration!

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The “New” Tee-Shirt

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Do you have tee-shirts that you are attached to, but you just don’t wear them as much anymore? Maybe the first concert you went to or a race you ran in? Well this is the perfect chance to change that tee-shirt into something “New”. Here is another neat craft project I found on Pinterest.

This blog provided a tutorial to turn a tee-shirt into a tank top and the instructions were great! Crafterhours Tee to Tank: A Tutorial by Jen from Upcycled Education

I changed a few of my tee-shirts into a new tank. Check out the blog above for the tutorial and make some of your own!

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A pickle jar and some sticks

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I am back after a long hiatus. My library life keeps me pretty busy, but my crafts are my true passion. So here is my first one back. I saw this original idea on Pinterest and took a twist with it. It’s a stick covered decorative jar. It can be used as a candle holder, a decorative piece for your house indoor/or outdoor, or just a pencil holder. Everything I had was lying around the house some inside and some out! I used a pickle jar and I have an oak tree out back so I just picked up some sticks laying underneath the tree.

Here is what you need:

  • a recycled jar (salsa, pickle, jalapeno will work)
  • sticks
  • hot glue gun

Let’s Make it:

  1. First gather some sticks, all different lengths. Depending on the size of the jar you use you may need 50-100 sticks.
  2. Next plug in your glue gun and grab your jar. Lay down some newspaper because you want the jar to sit flat at all times so the sticks stay even with the bottom of the jar.
  3. Now start gluing the sticks around the jar. It doesn’t matter what order or how you glue, make it look rustic, overlap the sticks.

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My Succulent Terrarium

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This weekend I decided to make a terrarium. I first sent a text message over to my dear friend Molly. She runs her own gardening business and I thought she would be a good place to start with advice. A terrarium is a container which is designed to hold small plants and animals in controlled conditions. I decided to make an open terrarium since I was using succulent plants.

Here is what you need:
A large deep glass container
Pebbles/rocks
Cactus/succulent soil
3-4 succulent plants

Let’s Make it:
Line the bottom of the glass container with rocks /pebbles
Add a thin layer of dirt
Gently place the plants on top of the dirt
Add additional dirt to even out the layer between the plants
Succulents do well when you water them and let sit for 2 to 3 weeks
Make sure they get plenty of sun

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The runner

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So my Mom and Dad brought some “stuff” down from Pennsylvania in August. Most of it was crap left in my old room. A glass photo frame, made it to Land O’ Lakes, but the glass broke when we were unloading the car. Well you know me, I was determined to still use the photo frame for something.

Back in 2010, I started running. In 2011, I ran in my first race, a 15k here in Tampa. After that, I ran in 5 more that year. So I thought, I need something to hang my medals and race bibs. The bibs would be easy since they still have the safety pins attached. It’s the medals I would need something to attach them to. Here is what I came up with, a recovered cloth photo frame with heavy ribbon strung from side to side.

Supplies: Hot glue gun, cloth/material, ribbons, old frame

How to do it:

Start by hot gluing the top of the frame to the material. Remember once you get to the opposite side, start pulling it tight when you are gluing. Keeping it taut is the most important part. Once you have finished gluing the material, grab the ribbon (other ideas shoelaces, hemp, men’s ties) and measure enough to fit side to side. Start hot gluing those ribbons, in any pattern you desire. I went horizontally and criss-crossed.

You can really use this for anything, medals for any sport, ribbons from the Fair, or even pictures.

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Christmas Ornament

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My Aunt Nancy shared this idea with me. This morning when my mom and I were walking Sparty I saw this split dead leaf that fell from the palm tree. My Aunt used a different part of the leaf, so you can use what you find. The key is to spilt it, so you have Rudolph’s antlers. All you need to add is a red Pom-Pom for his nose and two little wiggle eyes. I used the hot glue to place the goodies on. I used a simple ribbon to the back so I could hang it on the tree. This is a great idea to share with your friends and family.

Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Card Display

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I needed something to display all my christmas cards this year. So I looked on Pinterest and got some ideas. I had some old photo frames sitting around the house, that Sparty chewed on 🙂 some red ribbon and old Christmas cards. So I put them together and here is what I got!

Here is what you need to make it!

Hot glue gun
Ribbon
Photo frame (or any type of sign)
Old Christmas cards
Suction cups or nail (to hang)
Clothes pins

Here’s how to make it!

Warm up your hot glue gun and size the old Christmas cards to fit inside the frame.

Hot glue the ribbon to the back of the photo frame so it hangs long enough to pin your new Christmas cards you will get in the mail.

If you have extra ribbon tie a bow and glue it to the front.

Once everything is dry, hang your frame and add your cards with clothespins!

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