Day 11: Cork Ornaments

WELCOME TO DAY 11 OF MY 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS DECORATING, CRAFT AND GIFT IDEA CHALLENGE.

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During my many visits on Pinterest I saw a variety of ornaments made from used corks.

I decided to try my hand at them. I had to purchase my corks online and found some used corks at Jelinek Cork Group.

I also searched the internet for the easiest way to cut the corks and after many different opinions decided to use the steam method.

Bascially,  you bring a pot of water to a boil and put the corks in a mesh strainer (don’t let the corks touch the water)  and boil for ten minutes. The corks will soften very nicely and will be very easy to cut.  To cut them I used my serrated knife.

 

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Here are my cut corks, all pretty even…

 

I used a glue gun when I was making the ornaments into different designs, I made trees, wreaths and candy canes. After the glue dried, I painted the cut side of the corks on the tree and wreath ornaments and added a small piece of Cape Breton tartan and a jute hanger.

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Uncut side of the corks
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Cut side of the corks

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Unfortunately I did not get a picture of the Candy Cane ornaments…I made them, wrapped them  and shipped them off pretty early in the season before I realized I did not have a picture….oops!!

I like them and I think they turned out to be A Wandaful Thing!!

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