Monday, January 30, 2012

12 Months of Christmas Project-January-Cork Ornaments

Let me preface this post by saying -Yes, I know Christmas is over and everyone has moved onto thoughts of spring by now.  Having said that, I need to let ya'll know I did enter a 12 Months of Christmas Project Challenge........that means I need to create a Christmas craft each month this year and share it on the 12 Months of Christmas Project blog site.   I figured I would also include it on my own blog in case it sparks interest in any of you!  Also, many things can be used for other holidays if just tweaked a bit.
By the way, anyone can join along.  This fun idea was the creation of Aileen over at Aileen's Musings. You do not have to have a blog to be a part of the project.  Just take a look in the right hand margin of my blog and you will find the link.

I love making things with corks.  I love their color and love their texture (I just used the word 'love' 3 times, whoops 4 times!).  I saw photos of cork ornaments on Pinterest and various other sites this past Christmas and by then it was too late to make some for myself so I am making them this year.  Take a looky at my rendition.

Drum roll please.....

Notice this one is a champagne cork, I decided this bad boy deserved 2  crystals.

So far I have made 6
These are super simple to make.  Once the holes are drilled, it literally takes less than a minute to assemble each one.

First you get some corks.  I just happen to have them hanging around the house.  I have everyone I know save them for me throughout the year.  I actually display them as I am collecting them.  

Dining room buffet

China cabinet

China cabinet again
Once you've chosen your corks all you need to do it use a drill bit just a bit bigger than an embroidery needle and drill through.

I highly recommend using a vice so the cork won't move.

Those are man hands!!  Thanks G-man

See, needle goes in nice and smooth

Albert is always monitoring the situation

Once you have the holes drilled, just assemble what you will be using to embellish and the rest is a cake walk.

I just used what I had on hand.  Some pearl beads, chandelier crystals & wire

I actually deconstructed this pink bead spray and used the wire to string through the cork
because I liked how thin the wire was

For this one all I did was first string the wire through the little hook on the crystal, twist it to close it up, then string the wire through a few pearl beads, then through the cork, then I strung on one more bead and finished it off by twisting the wire into a loop around one of my fingers to give a place to put a hook for hanging.
These would also look great with some twine or ribbon pulled through the top and tied around a bottle of wine. 

I especially love the contrast of the crystals with the cork
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                                                             I've linked this post up to:

Stuff and Nonsense
Chef in Training
The Farmhouse Porch/Cowgirl Up!


  1. Wow Lisa, what a fantastic idea! I really love them and you've inspired me to give it a try with some crystals I needed to find a use for, thank! Ohh btw, its not me that has the 12 Months blog but my friend Alberta (I just help her out with it).

    Happy Creating,


  2. Thanks Aileen!! So happy to be part of the challenge. I know by Christmas 2012 I will be thankfull I participated!!

  3. Aileen says I'm the mama of the blog and since she helped me figure out how to get it started I say she's the midwife :) BTW Lisa love your blog

  4. Really cute and clever ornaments!

  5. So cute and clever! I took a look around and love your coffee filter lampshades. I'm dying to make one.

  6. I made christmas tree garland with beads and corks looks great...Great job here!!! Barbara


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