A few weeks ago I shared with you my excitement about receiving a new book for review - DIY Wine Corks: 35+ Cute and Clever Cork Crafts by Melissa Averinos. I love wine cork crafts and you may remember my Wine Cork Wreath or Wine Cork Christmas Ornaments. (My thumb has healed just fine, thank you) Anyways as soon as this book came in I dove in to it and started playing - and came up with my favorite cork craft so far - Photo Holders that can also work as Place Settings... you will see what I mean in a minute. I'm not going to give a detailed tutorial - that is what you should order the book for - but here is a quick recap at this fun and simple craft I made one rainy afternoon with the girls.
First of all I have a confession... I ordered the wine corks from Amazon. For one, I don't drink red wine, but the corks are so beautiful from red wine and I wanted some color variety. Plus I wanted to make a bunch of these (again - you will see why in a minute) and I may love wine... but when you are talking about needing a whole bunch of them... I don't drink THAT much wine. But I was delighted to learn that you can order natural wine corks from around the world! How cool is that?! Next I got my tools together - corks, ribbons, heavy duty crafting wire, scissors and a glue gun.
DIY Wine Cork Crafts
I adjusted the craft just a little bit from the book because I wanted mine a bit bigger - but the idea was the exact same. Melissa uses four corks in her photo holders - I used seven. You want to begin by hot gluing your corks together to form the base - making sure your corks are all about the same length so it's flat.
Next add the ribbons. I used two different ribbons to give it a little more pop. I started with the black ribbon and secured it with hot glue. Then added the white ribbon on top. I mentioned this craft was super simple and fun, right?!
After the ribbon take the heavy duty crafting wire - thicker the better - to create the little photo slot. Wrap it a few times around your pinky finger - leaving a nice long stem to stick in to the cork. Perfection isnt what counts here - its supposed to look home made. Then I used a small nail to pierce the center cork to shove the crafting wire in to.
Finally, shove the curled craft wire into the cork base and insert your favorite photos! All done!
You can use these little stands for just about anything. Having a dinner party and want to label the wines or food? How about this? My friend Jen is a Wine Shop at Home Consultant, so I thought these would be super cute for her display table:
And I don't mean to give anything away but...
You can find more detailed directions on this craft plus 34 more in DIY Wine Corks: 35+ Cute and Clever Cork Crafts.