Wine Cork Hooks

My jewelry stash was a mess and my cork collection was growing rapidly, so I found a solution to both problems with a simple crafting project.

Cork boards made from wine corks are currently a popular project but I wanted something a little cleaner looking to display my corks. The walls in my vanity are white and I wanted my jewlery to lay against the basic background. Knowing the outcome I wanted I came up with a simple wall hook design. To put it all together I gathered my wine corks and a few items from my crafting box:

Hot glue gun


Finishing nails

Drop cloth

And this is the result!

I started the project by organizing the corks by size. I put the longer corks on the edges and filled in the rest by alternating from larger to smaller. This gave the project visual interest and kept the rack from looking lopsided. The next step was to get the labels lined up correctly. I had to glue the corks together from the back so I laid the corks with the labels facing down on the drop cloth.

With the corks in place I used the hot glue gun to glue it all together. The hot glue worked great to fill in the gaps and to hold everything secure. I used a lot of hot glue. I let everything dry before flipping the project over to add the hooks.

I used multiple sized hooks and alternated the larger hooks to line the top and the smaller hooks near the bottom. Every other cork has a hook. I like the way this looks and it is very practical in its end use. The alternating sizes and heights make it easy to take necklaces on and off.

Time to hang my project! I used finishing nails because they are long enough to get through the corks and into the wall, yet have a small enough head so they blend into the corks. I use this everyday and love that it keeps my necklaces from becoming a tangled mess.


Pine Cone Centerpiece

I have surprisingly have pine trees in my backyard (I live in a desert after all) and now that fall is approaching I decided to take full advantage of all the pine cones that have fallen to the ground. I love adding natural elements to my designs and I thought pine cones would be a nice touch for a fall centerpiece. I took Sunny, our schnauzer mix, out for a walk in the wash with a collection bag in hand. I was careful to pick a variety of shapes and sizes because I wanted my “pine cone decor” to be as interesting as possible. With my bag full of pine cones Sunny and I headed back to cure the pine cones.

The pine cones were covered in little bugs so I laid them out on my patio to let the bugs escape. I didn’t want the bug’s demise to happen in my oven. When the pine cones were clear of critters I laid them on a tin foil lined baking sheet and baked them at 200 degrees for 20 minutes. Simple. Now they were ready to pretty-up my home for fall!I picked up a few key items from Michael’s:

Glass hurricane

Craft burlap

Vanilla Pillar Candles

I also picked up another trees’s droppings from the wash. I need to do some research on what it’s called but it looks like large, dried seed pods (in the photo below). I cut the burlap into a 12″ wide strip and ironed out the creases. I also pulled some twine strings from the burlap cloth and tied it around the hurricane and candles. I alternated the seed pods and the pine cones in the hurricane. The smaller pods helped fill in the empty spaces the pine cones created.

I then stopped by my favorite grocery store in Scottsdale, Fry’s, and picked up some cute pumpkins to add to the mix. Then I put it all together! Voila! I made a super cute, super cheap, centerpiece for fall.