Crafting with The Geeky Blogger is born out of my love of hot glue, yarn, and all things crafty. These posts will pop up whenever I want to share something that I have finished. The posts will be random from crochet to cooking to paper crafts. They are a way to bring some of my outside of reading hobbies to the blog. I hope that you enjoy them!
This week I am going to share my Wine Cork Christmas Wreath
What you will need:
- 100 to 150 Wine Corks
- Rit Dye (Green and Red–I went with darker colors)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Hay Wreath from local craft store
- Glitter (optional)
- Lots of patience (this was the hardest to get)
Time to make:
- I dyed my corks for 24 hours but felt another 12 would have been good
- 1 hour to prep
- 2 hours to put together (unless you are like me and have to stop every layer to evaluate the next layer)
- Dye your corks: To do this I used two roasting pans. The corks will float in the dye so I pushed them down by covering the pan with plastic wrap and placing something heavy on top of that. I did 4 layers of plastic wrap so that the dye would not get on my heavy object. The top part of the corks will be a little less dyed but that helped when I was hot gluing them to the wreath. It gave me a bit of a “guide”.
- Shake out your hay wreath over a trash can. Hay wreaths are messy by nature but this will help get that initial layer of hay off the wreath. The corks glue brilliantly to these wreaths though, so it is worth the mess!
- Mock up your layout. This is where I used the tape. I went through many layouts till I found one that worked for my cork size and amount. Take a picture of a few different layouts–you may end up mixing/matching as you go a long (I did).
- Get that hot glue gun ready because you have come to the fast and furious part of the activity. I found that each “layer” of the wreath went pretty quickly. I placed my corks in a row (color coordinated) so that I could just grab the next one and go. I put hot glue on the bottom that would attach to the wreath and one side that would attach to the cork next to it. I was liberal with my hot glue (it can get messy) but I wanted it to stick. Luckily corks glue really well together and to the wreath. That also means though you have to be pretty certain about where it goes because it is hard to remove once started (lots of hay will come off–I know I had to remove one set)
- I had a place at the bottom of the wreath where my color pattern didn’t “match” so I covered that with a Christmas Ornament. You could use Ribbon (I am horrible at getting the perfect bow) or any other embellishment. I will be making one of these for my book room. It will have reading embellishments on it and will be more of a year-round wreath.
- I took off 30 to an hour between each layer. You probably don’t have too but I wanted to make sure that it was dry before moving on.
- Take the wreath (without embellishments) to your local craft store and mock-up what you want to add. It is cheaper than buying a bunch of stuff you won’t use.
- You can order corks (pretty reasonably) from a couple of different places online (found this out after I made mine). However, there is a bit of fun knowing that at least a few (or more than that in my case) came from ones that you and/or your friends collected.
Pictures (in process and finished product):
Step 1: Dye your corks
Step 2: Practice with layout
Step 3: Get Glue and Go
Step 4: Embellish (I used an ornament and a wee bit of glitter)
Step 5: Hang and enjoy (also I am horrible at centering so pay no attention to that)