Posts Tagged ‘cork’

08/12/13

DIY // cork board cloud project

Back to school is right around the corner, and although I don’t have kids of my own, it’s still on my mind.

So, I have a DIY for you that is back to school themed: a cute little cloud cork board to keep organized this school year. Bonus! If you don’t have kids, you can totally still make one of these…It’s perfect for a home office or in the entryway as a landing pad area for pinning up love notes, bills, etc. Hey, I managed to get the words love notes and bills in the same sentence – I think I deserve a small cookie or something.

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DIY // cloud cork board

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As you can probably guess, it’s pretty easy to make, but the step by instructions are right here if you need ‘em. I would love to make a giant one of these for my (maybe one day) studio, to post to-dos and inspiration. We’ll see.

So, what do you think? Would you make one of these for yourself or is it better reserved for the kiddos?

For more DIY projects like this one, click here.

04/20/12

It is time to start saving those wine corks and maybe even grab a roll of cork from the craft store (hint you can also pick some up on Amazon) because today’s roundup is going to get you in the mood to DIY.

Here are my top 13 picks for cork craft projects to get you through the weekend…

1. Polaroid Cork DIY from  Christy Schuler (above image)

2. Uncanny Cork Vases DIY (from papernstitch- that’s me!)

3. Fruit-shaped Cork Coasters from Real Simple

 4. Cork Trivet Idea from Whole Living

5. Wine Cork Coasters Craft Poject from Mayi at Heartmade

6. Wine Cork Keychains How-To from Cleverly Inspired

7. Woven Cork Tray from Design Sponge

8. Make a Cork Clutch from What I Wore (hard to believe this is DIY, but it is!)

9. Halligan’s American Travel Map from Design Sponge

10. Cute Custom Coasters from Fellow Fellow

11. Cork Stamps from The Sweet Spot

12. Wine Cork Chandelier DIY from Mox and Fodder

13. Painted Cork Tile Pinboard from The Happy Home

That’s it for me! Have a great weekend.

04/28/10

Almost two years ago, I bookmarked a wonderful tutorial from Design Sponge for a cork lamp. I just loved the idea and wanted to translate it in another way. But for some reason, I kind of forgot about it as time went on, and then this weekend when I was rinsing out some cans to put into the recycling bin, I remembered. I had also just bought some beautiful tulips, and immediately knew exactly what to make. A cork vase to hold notes, photographs, and of course flowers.

But these vases can also be used as organizational containers for your extra pens and even succulents too. And could also double as party/ wedding favor place cards.

Materials: Soup/ Vegetable Cans, Spray paint (any color), roll of cork (you can find it at many local craft stores or order online here), heavy duty craft glue, scissors, ruler, extra pins or clothespins to clamp cork while drying

How Do I Make This?

1. Grab some cans (soup, vegetable, etc) from the recycling bin and make sure they are washed out thoroughly. Peel off labels and clean off an sticky areas. Allow to dry fully.

2. Spray paint the inside of each can, as well as the outside rim. This may take multiple coats. Let dry fully again.

3. Roll out your cork, and place the bottom of your can at the end of the roll. Mark off the width of the can with a pencil and use a ruler to create a long straight line. I recommend cutting the length twice as long as you need. Then you can wrap the cork around twice to make it thicker for sticking pins in, etc.

4. At the end of the cut roll of cork, run a thick bead of heavy duty craft glue. Attach to can and begin rolling, adding more glue as you go.

5. At the end of your roll, add another thick bead of glue and then pin or clamp down with clothespins until dry.

6. Once dry, you are ready to add flowers, pencils, plants, or anything you can dream up. If you are using your containers as vases, I would recommend putting a glass that is slightly smaller inside the container to avoid leaks. That’s what I did, and it works great.

Here are the results… (click each image for a larger view)

Looking for more ideas for quick and easy projects? Click here to visit the tutorials page filled with almost 30 diy’s.