How To: Make 3-D Cork Christmas Trees

How To: Make 3-D Cork Christmas Trees

It's certainly time to decorate our homes with some much needed Christmas cheer! This year, we are focusing on adding more handmade pieces to our Christmas decor to help the holiday feel more personal and inviting! These simple and modern 3-D cork Christmas trees are a sure way to add that festive touch to your tabletops this season!  

How To: Make 3-D Cork Christmas Trees

materials

  • Cork tiles 
  • Cutting mat
  • Cutting tool (or X-Acto knife)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Painters Tape (optional)
  • Paint
  • Brush
  • Hot glue gun

Step

How To: Make 3-D Cork Christmas Trees

Using your ruler, decide how big you want your first tree to be. Continue Reading

Four Quick and Clever Ways to Reuse Old Corks

Four Quick and Easy Ways to Reuse Cork

If you love drinking wine as much as you love crafting, then we’ve got some good news for you! Those natural corks that you might otherwise throw out can be re-purposed in a lot of different ways. Here are four wine cork projects that you can easily complete in 10 minutes or less each.       

Project #1: Succulent Planters

Four Wine Cork Projects: Succulent Planters

Before we get started, let’s answer a question: What exactly is cork? Turns out it comes from the cork oak tree, which is native to southwest Europe and northwest Africa. Continue Reading

Home Decor Hack: How to Transform Any Vase into a Savings Bank

 Transform any vase or jar into a coin bank.

 

On my New Year’s Resolutions list, there are always some standards: Drink more water, eat out less, exercise more, and save money. I have gotten pretty good at most of these things (with the exception of eating out less – does ordering more takeout count?), but I could always stand to save more money. Holding onto loose change is my go-to method for putting a little bit of dough away every day, but there’s always the question of what to keep all those loose pennies in. Continue Reading

IKEA Hack: DIY Thumb Tack Mirror

IKEA Mirror Hack: DIY Thumb Tack Mirror
Photo: Faith Towers

In case you haven't noticed, I really like IKEA hacks. There's something about customizing a mass produced piece that just feels so satisfying. So today I have another one for you! This time, we'll create an IKEA mirror by transforming a cork trivet from IKEA into a glamorous wall mirror. Read on to check out this impossibly simple process.   

 

Thumb tack mirror - glamorous and  simple
Photo: Faith Towers

By surrounding a small mirror with a layer of metallic thumb tacks, a utilitarian piece can become a stunning piece of wall decor. Continue Reading

How-To: Geometric Numbered Cork Coaster Tutorial (With A Free Printable)

Coasters make great gifts. Always have, always will. But these coasters are especially fun because they are numbered – and each one has a different geometric design. Click through to download the free printable template!   

 

You can customize the color to your liking – I made mine specifically for the holidays, but a metallic silver might look nice for everyday use. Or you could even paint each one a different color! 

Now, onto the tutorial. 

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10 Cool DIY Decor Projects to Make with Cork!

From memo boards to clocks, cork can be used in a variety of stylish and functional ways in your decor! Here are ten ideas to get you started.       

1. DIY Cork and Leather Hanging Memo Boards

2. DIY Cork and Fabric iPad Case

3. DIY Cork Vases

4. DIY Cork Road Map Memo Board

5. DIY Cork World Map

6. DIY State-Shaped Memo Boards

7. DIY Cork Pencil Holder

8. DIY Cork and Hoop Memo Boards

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Make It: DIY State-Shaped Cork Memo Boards

Show off your hometown pride and stay organized with this fun memo board project!      

Lauren from Brit + Co. recently shared this simple DIY cork board idea that can easily be completed in an afternoon: a few basic materials and a state outline are all you need! And, if you’ve got love for New York, California, or Texas, Brit + Co. has templates you can download for free.

DIY State-Shaped Memo Boards by Brit + Co. Continue Reading

Make It: Modern DIY Embroidery Hoop Cork Message Boards!

created at: 08/26/2012

These DIY memo board hoops are perfect for craft rooms, home offices, or kids’ rooms! Bonus? They’re super easy to make and completely customizable!    

Obviously, I’m a huge fan of the geometric pattern this version from Handmade Charlotte is sporting, but you could leave them raw or go crazy with whatever painted pattern suits your style. See how right here!

Make It: Easy DIY Cork Pencil Holder and Organizer

created at: 05/14/2012

I’m a sucker for creative DIYs that are simple and fall under the “one afternoon” time frame. So, when I spotted this clever cork pencil holder and office organizer, I immediately perked up and thought “I can DO this!”.   

This project comes to us from Design For Mankind as part of their new MakeKind column, a bi-weekly DIY column from contributor Laura Parke (the same Laura Parke who brought us this neon twine vase idea). Continue Reading

Make: Clever DIY Cork-Covered Vases & Containers

I’ve been obsessed with covering something, anything really, in cork ever since seeing a lamp base in a now defunct shelter magazine a few years ago. Who couldn’t use a little extra place to pin an important note or photo? Somehow the material manages to fit into any number of decor styles, making it super versatile and useful. Ready to find out how?

All you need for this project are a few aluminum cans of varying sizes, spray paint, a roll of cork, and heavy duty craft glue. Continue Reading