How to make a Wine Cork Reindeer

For the past 20+ years i’ve held on to a craft I made in grade school. He’s a very awesome wine cork reindeer that gets displayed every Christmas. For the longest time i’ve wanted to make him a friend, but I kept forgetting to save a few wine corks for the project. I’ve finally got enough, so I decided to share with you what you’ll need to make a wine cork reindeer. Perfect craft project for children and adults 🙂

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DIY Vintage Book Page Table Runner

For Amy’s bridal shower, I created a table runner from old romance novels. Below, i’ll walk you through the steps to create your own for any event.

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Roll out your ikea paper to the length you want your table runner to be. This will be the base of your project. I found it easier to have something to glue the pages to instead of trying to glue the pages to themselves. You’re then going to carefully remove the pages from your books and lay them onto the paper glueing as you go. They don’t need much glue, you can go back after and glue down the areas that stick out. It’s pretty straight forward. It really looks best if you find a book that has pages that are more of an older yellow tone, it gives more of a vintage vibe.

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DIY Scrabble Coasters

This past Christmas I made a gift for a friend, knowing that she liked to play Scrabble. I couldn’t afford to buy fancy presents this year, so a craft project was a fun solution.

Unfortunately I don’t have step by step photos for this project, so hopefully my instructions are good enough. It’s really more about the idea, you could use just about any materials as a backing and use wood glue to set the tiles in place.

Here’s what the final product look like, 4 in total, each one has a hidden word. I used words that relate to drinking, “stir, pint, wine, brew.” I wanted to have 4 words in each coaster, but unfortunately it was tough finding enough letters to make lots of words.

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The Scrabble tiles can be purchased online, but I found mine at a local craft store.

Items you’ll need:

Scrabble tiles (16 per coaster)
Thick felt with built in adhesive backing
Utility knife

First layout the letters how you’d like them for the coaster. Then, peel off the adhesive backing and lay your tiles as tight together as you can onto the sticky side of your felt. Use your utility knife to trim off extra felt around the edges. They can be done at this step, but I decided to trim my edges with thin pieces of felt. Adhesive felt is very forgiving, just make sure you buy the super thick type so your coasters won’t be floppy.

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Holiday Origami

As promised, here’s some photos of how the origami ornaments turned out! I had the day off today, so I was very motivated to fold some paper! I went to my local dollar store and picked up some origami paper and I was on my way to awesomeness! Instructions for these can be found on Poppytalk.

Anthropologie Origami Workshop hosted by Poppytalk

Tonight was great fun! I went to a workshop hosted by Poppytalk at Anthropologie. We learned how to make origami Christmas ornaments. Hopefully in the next few weeks i’ll get around to finishing the project and post some photos of how it turned out. Thanks to Joanne  for sending me some photos to post. She’s the lovely lady in the last photo of this post, along with Jan from Poppytalk.

Come back soon to see photos of the final project!

Vintage Trunk Before and After

Another weekend brings another project.

This weekend we found a 50’s style trunk. It really needed some love, specifically on the front, there were some deep scratches, but the top was in great shape. We decided we liked the colour of the “wood” so we left the top as is and kept the legs and the detail around the middle. The rest needed to be brightened up to make it a little more modern.

This piece is pretty unique, the top lifts up like a trunk, and the bottom is a functioning drawer. The cupboards and smaller drawers are fake.

Spray Painting Our Fridge

The apartment came with a really old, really large, really not energy efficient fridge, but we’re really not in the budget for a new fridge, so we decided to give the giant white elephant a little facelift.

Eventually we’d really like to own a Smeg fridge (who wouldn’t…right?), but for now we decided to paint the fridge a fun colour to get used to having a pop of colour in the kitchen, until we have enough saved up to buy the dream fridge.

Spray painting tips:

  1. Wash your fridge, we used T.S.P.
  2. Cover your whole house in drop clothes. In our case, we taped off a little tent around the fridge. If you’re lucky enough, you could just take your fridge outside, but i’m sure that’s highly unlikely for most people. The spray paint “dust” will go everywhere…i’m not exaggerating, it literally goes everywhere, it’s the main reason why I will not spray paint something large indoors ever again, even though we made a tent, it still escaped, but on the bright side, it was easy enough to wipe up with a damp cloth.
  3. Tape off all chrome or plastic you don’t want to paint.
  4. Prime your fridge (I recommend using white primer, we found that the grey made the final colour pretty dull)
  5. Paint with your colour of choice. We used Krylon Pistachio.

Check out how it currently looks in our kitchen.