Day 1 -12 Days of Christmas 2018

Eek I’m so excited that my 12 Days of Christmas has begun. I usually try to stick to a theme each year and in a way I guess I did as all of these ideas and crafts can be done in under 30 minutes.

I almost feel guilty about how easy this first idea is – as a matter of fact, I ended up making a second cork craft.  You will see that one in another post later in the series.

The first idea are these easy to make cork plant stakes. The hardest part of any cork inspired craft is drinking enough wine to gather the corks – ha ha just kidding – you can buy corks for crafting on-line at Amazon  and other places on-line or at your nearest “bottle your own” liquor depot (but the first way is the most fun).


Gather up your corks, a permanent marker and a small wooden dowel or you can use wooden kabob skewers. Insert dowel into bottom of used cork. If your corks are brand new,  use your permanent marker and place a dot in the middle of one end of your cork and go get that corkscrew and make a hole to fit the dowel. As my dowels were a bit wider than a corkscrew I used a screwdriver to make the hole a bit bigger.

At this point you could use some hot glue or any craft glue to secure the dowel but I didn’t need to as my dowels were a snug fit. Now write or print the name of your plant or herb on the cork and Voila – you are done.  I added the cute thumb tacks as an added touch.

LOL I know you are thinking geez she sure doesn’t know her plants because yes that is a Christmas Cactus not a basil plant…I had to work with what I had for the pictures and these will be gifted to some lucky person.


Seriously, you are done. If you have anyone on your Christmas list that loves herbs, these would be a nice addition to a gift of planted herbs or a start your own herbs kit.

Maybe during the 12 days of Christmas Crafts you will find one that you really like and it inspires you to make it – of course, if you do, I’d love to hear from you.

Here is a recap with links to all the Wandaful Things I created last year (2017). If you didn’t get a chance to see what I did last year it was all about vintage items as Christmas presents, take a look…

Day 1 – “Be Jolly” serving tray

Day 2 – Wine Box

Day 3- Hostess Gifts

Day 4 – Shine A Light

Day 5 – Poinsettia

Day 6 – Peppermint Mousse

Day 7 – Picture frames

Day 8 – Angel Ornament

Day 9 – Apron et al

Day 10 -Snow Globe

Day 11 – Decorative Sleigh

Day 12 – Elf Mug

It’s been a great deal of fun preparing for this event, and I can’t wait to show you what Wandaful Things I’ve been up to. :)

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Thanks for stopping by….until next time.


4R’s for Better Living

Do you follow any of the 4R’s? I try my very best to live by the 4R’s, REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE and REPURPOSE. I think it comes naturally to me as I am a vintage lover, hunter, collector and seller.

Besides simply buying vintage and using and repurposing I try to reuse things whenever possible. I’ve just recently completed a project that has been on my list for a while now and I am kind of obsessed. You will see that post in my annual 12 Days of Christmas posts (stay tuned an announcement on that will be coming soon).

In the meantime here are some of the ways I follow the 4R’s….

I REUSE tea bags….whenever I drink tea I save the bags you can put used tea bags into a pitcher of water, let it steep a bit and then water your plants.  Tea leaves are packed with nutrients and plants just seem to love tea (especially roses).

Sprinkle tea leaves into the litter box.  Let the tea bags cool and dry then cut them open and put the used and cooled tea leaves into the litter box. The odor absorbing properties of tea will keep things smelling fresher longer. No need to buy a product to do this for you when you can reuse your tea leaves and save some money and have a happy cat.

Don’t throw out your apple peels!!


Did you know that apple peels can  be used to remove stains from aluminum pots and pans?  Add some water to the peels in the pot or pan and simmer for roughly 30 minutes. It’s amazing how it works!

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