Saturday, March 3, 2012

Pop a cork ...

Its days may be numbered as a wine stopper, so there's no time like the present to pop a cork and celebrate its form and function.


No one has elevated the lowly cork as elegantly as Anthropologie store merchandisers. Their artistic talents and the properties of cork combined to make extraordinarily beautiful display windows (shown above and below.)


While the use of cork stoppers dates back thousands of years, it wasn't until around 1900 when inventors discovered a way to make cork sheets that it became the go-to material for bulletin boards.

Image via MakeZine.

Taking the push-pin board a bit further isn't such a difficult leap. I'm quite fond of the artistic take above. Using a vintage backboard and cork stoppers sliced in half lengthwise, a crafter glued the pieces in vertical rows to create a unique message board.

Image via LizzyJoe Designs on Etsy.

There seems to be a zillion ways to reuse corks. Practical drink coasters are a brilliant idea. Corks can be joined together with a dab of hot glue, then, wrapped in cotton binding tape, also affixed using a glue gun. Such a cute idea!

Image via A Lavish Affair.

Six corks and a bit of twine creates a casual placecard holder. Very clever.

Image via Bea G.

Please, if you make a wreath from corks follow the lead above. This is so much better than lining up the corks in neat, boring rows. In this case, more is more. Make a statement!



I have no clue how many corks I have saved over the years ... hundreds, I suppose.  Let's just say there are more than enough to make all of the projects shown in this post. I keep collecting with the thought that one day I'll put them to good use.


Image via Crafts For All Seasons.

A cork jewelry organizer is a nice way to keep items frequently worn in sight. Hammer nails into a piece of painted MDF (you'll want to work out nail spacing beforehand), slip it into a picture frame and push the corks onto the nails. Hang necklaces, earrings and rings so they are within easy reach for daily wear. Voila! 



Corks in the creative hands of artist Kimberly Madson become jeweled ornaments for sharing or wearing (above and below).


You can see more of Madson's Cork Bella Vintage line on Etsy. She designs each piece with an original cork from a wine bottle and adorns them with beautiful, vintage and one-of-a-kind items that have been re-purposed to make each ornament unique.

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