Yesterday I posted about the Christmas Card Wreath Pinterest crafts that Mackenzie and I did. Now for the other two projects that I had pinned on Pinterest – the Family Photo Collage Frame and the Wine Cork Christmas Trees.
Wine Cork Christmas Trees
I like wine (shocking news, I know) so I’ve accumulated a lot of corks over the years. A couple of years ago, I made a massive cork board and am always looking for ways to recycle corks. I came across a picture of the cutest little Christmas trees and decided that I would make some for gifts this year. This project is super easy but since it involves heavy use of the hot glue gun, watch your wine consumption!
What you’ll need:
- Wine corks
- Hot glue gun
- Miniature ornaments
Get a paper plate and squirt out your choice of paint colors. You can either dip one end into the colors or assemble the tree and then go back and paint the cork ends. After doing this, I think assembling and then painting would be easier as the paint takes a little longer to dry since it’s on the cork.
To make a medium-sized tree, you want your layers to be 3 corks, 4 corks, 3 corks, 2 corks, 1 cork. If you want a larger tree the layers should be 4 corks, 5 corks, 4 corks, 3, corks, 2 corks, 1 cork.
You’ll want to hot glue the corks to each other side by side. Once you have your layers, then assemble them again with hot glue in the pattern of your choice from above.
Once your tree is built, choose your tree topper, add that and you’re done! You can also get miniature tree trunks from Michael’s to add to the bottom but I haven’t done that yet.
Family Photo Collage Frame
I found this pin from Emmy Mom and thought it would be a cute gift for someone in our family (who shall remain nameless for now). I think of the 3 crafts, this one was the quickest and easiest to do. Emma’s original one spelled out “grandkids” but I opted to do “family”. Either one is great.
What you’ll need:
- Wooden frame – I found one at Michael’s that was perfect – approximately 4×17 and around $7
- 1 1/2″ letters (.99 each at Michael’s)
- Paint for your frame
- Miniature size clothes pins
- Scrapbook paper for background
- Embellishments for the pins (optional)
- Mod Podge
- Hot Glue gun
Paint the frame the color of your choice. Don’t forget the sides and the inside of the frame. While that’s drying, prep the insert.
Cut the scrapbook paper to fit the insert. You’ll have to make two cuts but if you Mod Podge it and lay the letters right, you won’t notice the seam. Apply a layer of Mod Podge onto the insert and press the paper onto the insert. Smooth out any air bubbles and let it dry.
While the paint and Mod Podge dries, cut paper to fit the miniature clothes pins (or you can paint them – your choice). If you choose to use paper, you’ll want to paint one side with Mod Podge, apply the paper and let that dry.
Once the insert has dried, hot glue your letters onto the board and then re-insert it back into the frame. It may take a little coercing since adding the paper makes it just a little bit larger than before. If it still won’t fit, grab a hammer and smack it in. (totally kidding…)
On the front side, hot glue your mini clothes pins on the frame. Make sure the tops of the pins are flush with the inside edge of the frame. You can add embellishments to the tops of the pins if you want to – I thought that looked too busy so I chose not to. I did add a “D” to the corner covered in the same paper that I covered the clothes pins in.
The last step will be to add pictures of all the grandkids to the clothes pins!
Again.. like yesterday – if you do any of these projects I’d love if you’d leave a link to your post in the comments section!
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