Keychains out of corks

Keychains out of corks

keychain

I forgot to show these keychains I made for the bride and myself at wedding time.   I used a screw hook and then added a key ring.   I had gotten some cute C’s for our last name to add.   I used one of the stickers I had purchased from Walgreens for the wedding ornaments.  I then added some rhinestones to the bottom.   (All other items were purchased at Walmart.)  This was one of my very first items I made starting this journey.

C keychain

  Let the beauty of the cork show through like this one I also made.

other side

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Cork plant markers

Cork plant markers

Living in the midwest, winters are long, dreary, and cold. By Feb. I am itching to plant some flowers. Or at least see some flowers blooming. There is nothing like that first shoot of green popping up in my yard. I also love the suspense of seeing bulbs planted in Oct. coming to life.
My yard should be even better this year. I have several projects pinned so I am really excited for warm weather. Right now there are a lot of recipe and beauty pins but come spring that will change. It’s too cold here to even do any spray painting projects in the garage.

I recently seen a pin to make plant markers out of corks. Awww … a spring pin I could actually do now. I still had some corks left so this was a perfect pin for my gardening.  I love that I am using items I already have too.

plant markers

All you need are a sharpie marker, corks and skewers. I went ahead and marked several plants I do every year. The rest I will mark as I plant my container vegetables and herbs.

I used a small screwdriver to start a hole. I then just pushed in the skewer. I will cut them to size as needed when the plants are in.   They are ready for when the planting begins ….

Thanks to the blogger for her idea:

http://lifehacker.com/5903803/turn-wine-corks-into-plant-markers

Here is an updated picture of it being used to label bulbs in my containers.  Love them!!

cork plant

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Love my vertical cork board from wine corks

Love my vertical cork board from wine corks
Love it!

Love it!

I had several corks leftover from the wedding ornaments. Found a great way to use them up … a vertical cork board! Cost me sixty-nine cents for the yardstick. I had the corks, ribbon, and hot glue gun. Love pins that use things I already have and not cost me much money! FYI … The yardstick was located in front of the paint dept in my Lowes store.

Lay out a pattern of the corks next to the yardstick where you will be working. (My pattern used 42 corks.)
Take hot glue gun and glue corks to yardstick.
Take a small length of ribbon and nail (small nails) to the back of the yardstick. Hangs perfect.

Took me about fifteen minutes from laying out pattern to completing project.

I will be asking family to save me corks so I can make more of these for gifts and my home!

The pin that I got the idea from is now a blog removed. So I can’t give credit who gave me the inspiration. The ribbon part nailed on the back is my idea. After I made mine I realized there were a couple of pinners who have also made it. They hung theirs differently though.

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Baby Shower gift

Baby Shower gift

I made this for my soon to be great niece’s room. I searched Pinterest for a unique gift and could not find anything. My husband suggested a frame of some sort but I was drawing a blank. I found the wall decals to put in her gift since they matched her decor. Out of the blue it came to me to make a frame with the decals.
I had to paint 3 coats of pink each side on the frame. So after hours of working on it and letting it dry, I break it the last step!! As I put the glass back in the frame it just shatters. Thank goodness my hubby was home and suggested Lowes. I went with plexiglass instead of glass.
I then noticed that the paper in the frame was fading. So I took posterboard and traced the paper size. That is the great thing about using wall decals, they are moveable! Hope she liked it … but I do have to go fix the letters. I didn’t have a ruler with me when I redid it on posterboard. So make sure to use a ruler to keep letters straight!

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Updating your tree with old ornaments

Updating your tree with old ornaments
I need a new tree but wanted to make do for one more year. So I wanted to do something different with it. Our tree is made up of ornaments the kids, friends, and family have given us and travel destinations. (I just can’t give those up yet to do a theme tree. I usually also do a small photo tree of ornaments with pix of all our friends and loved ones.) Along with that I have several packs of ball ornaments that I love.

So while searching Pinterest, I saw the pin for doing a grouping. She hung hers above the windows but mine are on the Christmas tree. I also didn’t use my normal tree topper bows, really went different this year.

On the ornament displays, I used wire that I had instead of the twist ties. I did two with long twist ties but the wire worked much better with more length. If using wire cut about 10 to 12 inches. (longer if you want to use a lot more ornaments that I did) I just cut if off if it was too long.

I also see a few holes in the ornaments on my trees after looking at my pix. I will add a few more and take an updated pix. I did go to the Dollar Store and buy a package of gold because I had ran out. I can tell the difference in quality against my other ones. It works for this year though. 🙂

Thanks to the original blogger:
http://www.modernparentsmessykids.com/2012/12/our-modern-update-on-a-holiday-decor-classic.html

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Wedding Ornament I made hanging on the tree

Wedding Ornament I made hanging on the tree

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