Friday, August 16, 2019

Semi-Vintage Cork Tree

I call this tree semi-vintage because it has vintage greenery from pre-1950, a vintage Christmas bulb, and vintage red / gold beads.  It's made with real wine corks hot glued onto to a paper mache tree form.

If I can muster up more free corks somewhere, I will make more trees with other vintage Christmas decorations on them.  This tree will be available at my garage sale for the local animal shelters coming up in late September.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Grapes on a Real Cork Wreath

The previous wreath I made similar to this was with synthetic corks; this one is with real corks that were donated by a local restaurant.  There are over 300 corks on the wreath.

The base is a straw wreath from Hobby Lobby that I wrapped with burlap so the corks would stick better.  The grapes and bow are also from Hobby Lobby.  They are held on with wire so they can be removed and changed out for Fall flowers or something different.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Monday, August 5, 2019

Buffalo Plaid Wreath

Taking a break from cork crafts for a day and decided to make a wrapped wreath using some buffalo plaid ribbon.

It's an 18" straw wreath base wrapped with 2.5" wide ribbon.  The greenery and berries were left over from 2018 and are the last of the stock I have on hand.   

Ever since one of my sisters gave me some buffalo plaid hand towels, I've been collecting home decor items that have buffalo  plaid on them.  But this wreath will go up for sale at the garage sale, along with everything else on my blog from my 2019 posts.

~~ Ann

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Cork and Grapes Wreath

This is a  synthetic cork wreath on an 18" styrofoam ring base that is covered with burlap so the corks will stick when hot glued on.  There are 8 rows of corks for a total of 180 corks in all.  Although I do have a lot of real wine corks, I find the synthetic ones are easier to work with.  They are more uniform in size and shape.

The grapes are attached with floral pins so they can be removed.

This will be available for sale at my Fall garage sale.  All proceeds will benefit the local animal shelters.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Monday, July 29, 2019

Wine Cork Wreath Decorated

I finally got the nerve to decorate the latest wreath I made with the real wine corks.

Details on how to make the wreath can be found on the prior post.

The grapes are from Hobby Lobby; they have, by far, the nicest and best priced grapes of all the craft stores in my area.  These cost $3.99 and were 50% off last week.

The burlap bow is also from Hobby Lobby and was 40% off in the Fall department.  It originally cost $7.99.

If you can find corks at local restaurants and bars, this wreath could cost you less than $12 to make.  It will be available for sale at my garage sale in Sept. to raise money for the local animal shelters.  Date yet to be determined.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Real Cork Wreath

Just another cork wreath, this time made out of real corks and not the synthetic ones.  This wreath took 259 corks to make.  Its base is a 20" diameter styrofoam ring that I picked up at GoodWill for 50 cents.  It was partially covered with greenery that was in pretty bad shape, but I knew the ring itself could be reused and was very big.  I think it was a great deal for 50 cents considering such a large styrofoam ring at a craft store would have cost about $10 if not more.

Since the corks were going to be hot glued to the styrofoam,  I knew they wouldn't stick well so I wrapped the ring with burlap strips and secured it with floral pins.  I purchased a 15 ft. roll of burlap at Hobby Lobby's Christmas clearance sale last year for $1.00. 

After the wreath was wrapped with the burlap, I took a piece of twine covered wire (the twine prevents the wire from cutting into the styrofoam) and made a loop to hang the wreath with.   It's best to put the wire hanger on before attaching any corks.

Then I started hot gluing the real corks to the burlap ring beginning with the center and working my way out.

The inner ring held 24 corks.  The wreath ended up having 9 rows of corks in the end.

You don't have to cover the entire back side of the wreath with corks since no one will see them.  This is what the back side looks like:

Once it was all done, there were 259 corks in total on the wreath.

Now I need to look for some artificial grapes to put on the wreath or decorate it with more berries that I have on hand.

This will be available at the Sept. garage sale where all PROCEEDS, not profits, go to the local animal shelters.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Another Cork Xmas Tree

To make this tree, I used a paper mache cone that is 14" tall.  Begin hot gluing the corks from the bottom and work your way up.  If the corks don't exactly fit, leave a little space between them for embellishments.

I used some berry picks from Joann Fabric that I picked up at the end of the holiday season 2018, and also used three of them at the top.

This is what the tree looked like at the beginning:

This is the third cork tree done so far:

I need to take some of the height off the berries on top of the middle tree.

All of these will be available at my garage sale in Sept. to raise money for local animal shelters.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Cork Wreath

My first cork wreath; actually it's made out of synthetic corks.  It, along with others made of real corks to be posted soon, will be available at my garage sale in September to raise money for the local animal shelters.

To make this wreath, I started off with a styrofoam ring that was 21" wide and wrapped it with burlap so the corks would stick to it.  You should attach the wire to hang the wreath with before gluing on any corks.   I glued the synthetic corks on the base first in this fashion:

After the base was covered as above, I randomly glued on the top corks.  The berries are not glued in; they are just poked through the styrofoam base with wires.

All of the Christmas mirrors and buckets on the earlier posts will also be available for sale.

-- Ann

Friday, February 22, 2019

Altered Compact Mirrors

A few more altered compact mirrors (cosmetic mirrors) for my upcoming Christmas in July sale to raise money for our local humane society.

I filled each mirror with clear glue and fake snow on the bottom base, then once dry, glued on the miniature figurines that I found at various thrift stores this past holiday season.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Putz House Altered Bucket and Mirror

I really like Putz houses, and since they are so popular right now, I thought I'd try making my own.  There are some really elaborate ones out there but I kept mine small and simple.

The top one is on a 4" bucket from Hobby Lobby and the bottom one is on a compact mirror from Michaels.  The trees are from Joann Fabric and the miniature wreaths from Michaels.

~ Ann

Altered Baking Dishes

Just a few more items for the upcoming Christmas in July (or earlier) sale.....the first two were made with ceramic loaf pans that I never actually used but bought at Michaels years ago.

The middle one has a white Putz house that I made out of a cardboard cereal box.  I have other Putz houses coming up on the next post.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Vintage Santa Buckets

You can click on the photos to enlarge.  I bought the vintage Santa and elf on Etsy, the deer on Amazon and the tree at Hobby Lobby.

To decorate the top of the bucket, I glued on some pine branches then a layer of silver garland above that.  I filled the top base of the bucket with styrofoam then covered the foam with glue and glitter for a snowy effect, but then I tried to fill the top as much as I could for a really filled-in effect so you can't really see the snow.

I'll be making a lot more of these for my sale to raise money for our humane society.  The sale will be in the late spring and again possibly for a Christmas in July sale.  I hope to see a lot of local friends there.

Sale dates will be posted on my blog and Facebook page.


Hallmark Ornament Decor

1993 Bearingers of Victoria  Circle -- Mama

1989 Christmas Kitty #1

1991 Glee Club Bears -- Tender Touches Collection

1991 Plum Delightful -- Tender Touches Collection
(lacy floral ribbon around the edge of pail)

1991 Plum Delightful -- Tender Touches Collection
(flat lacy ribbon around the top edge)

Since I found the first Glee Club Bears retired Hallmark ornament at GoodWill a few weeks ago for less than a dollar, I fell in love with those adorable bears and bought duplicates at Hooked On, along with some other really cute animal ornaments such as the racoon, cat and momma bear baking cookies.

These will all be for sale at my next garage sale to raise money for our local humane society.  Details on the garage sale will be posted on my Facebook page and on my blog once a date is set.  I will also have a lot of my paper cutting dies for sale, as well as stamps.

I also made more of the cosmetic compact mirror decor:

Tulip puffy paint and glitter for the base

Kissing Santa and Mrs. Claus from Etsy

Glue and fake snow for the base above

Above left has puffy paint and glitter base whereas the one on above right has just clear glue and glitter for more of a frozen lake effect.

I left this one alone for the base so it would get the mirror effect.

I'd really like to get your opinion as to which base of the compact mirrors looks best and will sell best if you could leave a comment for me.  Thank you!


Monday, February 4, 2019

Altered Compact Mirror

Michaels has these compact mirrors in their $1.50 bin; they have jeweled covers on them but you can't see that in these photos.

I filled the base mirror with puffy paint, sprinkled on some white glitter and let it dry.  Then I glued on the mini snowman ornament from Hobby Lobby and the bottlebrush trees from Amazon.  

I'm hoping to make a lot more of these to sell at the upcoming Christmas in July sales to raise money for the Baltimore Humane Society.

~ Ann

My Second Cork Christmas Tree

Another cork tree for the upcoming sale.  I used a 13" paper mache cone under this one; very easy to make.

~ Ann

More Christmas Buckets

These are more of the buckets I'm selling  to raise money for the Baltimore Humane Society.  Will hopefully have a Christmas in July garage sale and also a booth at a few local craft fairs.  You can click on any image to enlarge them.

~ Ann