Four Year Anniversary Sale!

In September 2010 we listed our first DIY wine cork trivet in our Etsy shop.  As we start our 4th year of business, we have now sold over 600 items on Etsy!  We have stayed true to our new business goal… only selling reclaimed and recycled wares in our shop. We have saved an amazing amount of precious wood, as well as hundreds of thousands of wine corks through our upcycling efforts over the years.

Through Etsy we have shipped to all but four states: Alaska, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Vermont.

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Internationally we have shipped to: Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Greece, and Australia!

 

 

Coupon

Help us celebrate! Enter coupon code 4YEARS at checkout to received 20% off your order. $15.00 min. purchase required. Offer expires September 30th, 2014.

 

Giveaway

Let’s go shopping! We’re giving away a $25 gift certificate to our online Etsy shop.
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Winner will be announced on October 1st, 2014!  $25 can be applied to entire purchase, including shipping.  Must be used by 12/31/14.   No cash value.

 

We have been inspired by our customers, and thank you all for supporting our small business!

Many thanks, Bee

 

Wine Cork Art {with a corky DIY tip}

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I get so much inspiration from our customers!!!  Most recently I had the pleasure of helping this lovely artist make this impressive wine cork canvas for her outdoor patio.  She cut the corks in half and attached them to a wall canvas, and then protected them with a clear coat of polyurethane.   I love the idea so much I will be starting my own soon! ;)

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We have found that the best way to cut corks is with the help of an office binder clip (and of course some sort of perforated knife or hand saw)!  The clip helps create a straight cut and gives you something more to hold on to than a round cork!

 

Happy Crafting and remember to Save the Corks!

~Bee

 

Psst… September 1st is our 4 year anniversary!!  Look for a coupon and sale coming soon.

Repurposing Cabinet Doors

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About a year into our salvaging efforts we decided to save cabinet doors.  Not sure what we were going to do with them, we started saving beautiful hardwood doors from becoming landfill waste.  Most of our inventory are 12″ x 12″ cabinet door fronts, although we save all sizes of cabinet doors.  Over the past several years, we have turned them into mirrors, chalkboards, coat/hat racks, jewelry organizers, bulletin boards, wall art and a number of other unique creations! One customer used some of them for a headboard! (See it here).

 

Most recently however, one of my customer purchased some doors to be used as photo backdrops…

 Labradorite Gemstone Ring by Shades of Gray Designs

Montana Agate and Citrine Sterling Silver Gemstone Pendant by Shades of Gray Designs

It was a pleasure to work with the talented Alyssa Gray from Shades of Gray Designs!  We went through dozens of cabinets to find her the perfect colored doors.  Her photos, like her creations, are simply stunning! We love her idea and are honored she used our reclaimed wood in her photography.

Later this week I’ll be sharing a tutorial on wine corks!  Thanks ~Bee

 

 

Repurpose Unwanted Candle Holders & Bun Feet – DIY ideas

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Unwanted Candle Holders

Last month, I found two candle holders at the thrift store.  Two solid wood holders for $2!  They were a horrible yellowish brown color (I should have taken a before photo).  Since I was getting ready to throw a baby shower, I gave them a pink makeover.  We used them for decoration (above), and later I used one as a single tier serving platter (below).

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We had a great time at the shower! And the candle holders gave me another idea…

Reclaimed Bun Feet

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A bun foot is a slightly flattened ball foot on a piece of furniture.  We have come across dozens of mismatched bun feet during our wood salvaging efforts.  After playing with the candle holders, I thought,  “Why can’t I use our bun feet for the same thing?!”

So, I stained one of our reclaimed bun feet, and grabbed a decorative plate.  Next, I used E-6000, an industrial strength craft adhesive that’s great for bonding wood and glass.  I used a little weight to apply pressure so no air bubbles in the glue would show through the clear glass plate.

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We have been pleased with our new single tier plate stand. When thrift shopping, I will be on the hunt for cool glass plates for the extra bun feet we have in stock.

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We have used this plate stand several times. My favorite use has been to display the tomatoes from my garden on the kitchen counter!

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We love repurposing and will be back online next week to discuss reusing cabinet doors!

Happy crafting, Bee 

May Beekeeping and Summer Coupon!

 

Our most exciting news to report this month… we were featured on an awesome blog!  Stop by and enter to win this wall hanger gift set! They are including a bar of cedarwood hand soap for the winner as well.  Hurry, the giveaway ends soon!

‘Wood’ you like to win this Giveaway? Prizes from The Wooden Bee and Aquarian Bath

2014 has kept my family extremely busy. Some extra projects have consumed our time, and blogging is always put on the back burner. Don’t worry we have still been saving the wood and taking care of our customers!  We recently salvaged 126 beautiful cabinets doors. They will be turned into frames, bulletin boards, and a number of other fun projects!!!

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The online Etsy shop continues to sell out of DIY trivets and coasters kits. While this is a great problem to have, I just wish I had a clone. :)  There are dozens of kits coming together in the workshop and we will have them online by the weekend.

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I’m throwing several parties this summer, so be sure to look for new tutorials, like last summer’s tutorial on wall vases.  I’ve already started two new tutorial projects for the blog: wine cork party favors and reclaimed wood candy displays will be showing up soon!!!

For June our blog subscribers can use coupon code: CAMPING at checkout to received 10% off your order.  Hope you find some time to camp out in nature this year. It’s our favorite family getaway! Coupon code expires at midnight on June 30th, 2014.


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Thanks, Bee & Family 

 

April Earth Day Giveaway & Shop News

Hello April!

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We took the first quarter of the year off. We have been traveling and enjoying our family and nature, but we are excited to get back in the workshop this month!  New bundles of reclaimed wood are coming in weekly, and we have been busy making new inventory (and lots of saw dust).

April is one of our favorite eco-friendly months!  Earth Day, on Tuesday April 22nd, aims to inspire awareness and appreciation for the earth’s environment.   Since saving unwanted wood and materials is the core of our business, we think it’s a great month to celebrate all things green!  Our blog will be hosting several eco giveaways and our shop will be offering a special Earth Day Sale!

We are continuing to replenish our DIY wine cork kits, as they continued to be very popular items in our Etsy shop!  We also have plans for more wine cork tutorials this month!

So let’s get celebrating… here is our first Earth Day Giveaway! Go shopping for eco-friendly home decor with a $25 gift certificate to our online shop.

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Giveaway ends at midnight on April 21st, 2014.  Winner will be announced on Earth Day!  Giveaway is open to US and Canada residents 18 years of age.  Gift certificate expires six months from the date it is issued, and cannot be used for custom orders.

Look for new reclaimed wood inventory and more giveaways all month long!

Inspired to recycle & thankful for our loyal customers,

Bee & Family

 

 

January Wine Rack Giveaway

Happy New Year! We are excited for the opportunity to continue to upcycle wood and corks in 2014!  We are already receiving new bundles of reclaimed wood and working on some new inventory for our online shop!  Our DIY coasters and trivets were depleted after the holiday rush! (Awesome).

To kick off the New Year we are honored to host a fantastic giveaway!  Movie Vinyl is giving away not one, but TWO Upcycled Vinyl Record Wine Racks to our subscribers and followers!!! I love these fun wall organizers. I could think of several ways to use them, but let the creator Shawn from Movie Vinyl, tell you all about them…

“This set of 2 LPs has been upcycled into a small wine rack. Each record can hold one full bottle of wine (they work best with Bordeaux and Alsace style wine bottles).  If wine isn’t your thing, they can also serve as unique wall organizers and can hold mail, magazines, pictures, vinyl albums and other miscellanea in your home, office or apartment.

The center hole on the vinyl records makes them easy to mount with a nail, screw or even a thumb tack (depending on where you mount it and what you will use it for). Photos illustrate what you can do with a simple screw. A screw or nail is recommended if using records to hold wine. No playable album was harmed in the making of this item. All LPs used to created these items are in overall poor condition and generally unplayable.”

Movie Vinyl is a Los Angeles based Etsy shop selling rare vintage movie soundtracks as well as handmade vinyl goodies! Let the giving begin…

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Good Luck, Bee!

Corky Wednesdays: Cork Ideas from our Customers

One of my favorite things about selling crafting supplies is hearing how my customers use them, and sometimes I even get pictures!!!

This month’s Corky Wednesdays post is dedicated to some amazing customers, who like myself, love to craft with corks! Here are their ideas…

And isn’t this customer picture amazing?!  A very talented customer named Jackee, gives me updates on her creations all the time!

The craft supply sector of our upcycled shop has grown by leaps and bounds in 2013. We are thankful for all our eco-friendly customers!

Be sure to save your corks, you never know what they will become!  ~Bee

Find more corky ideas on our Pinterest Board: WINE CORKS!

 

Our Holiday Sale is Here!

We are happy to announce new inventory and a holiday sale this weekend!

On Monday, December 2nd, we participate in Cyber Monday with a coupon code for our Etsy shop:

Enter coupon code: CYBERMONDAY at checkout for 25% off your order ONE DAY ONLY! This is the only time of year we offer savings this BIG!!!


Wine Cork Coasters – Set of …  

$31.5

Wine Cork Garland – multi-co…  

$17.5

Cork Crafts – DIY Wine Cork …  

$23.5

Cheers – 3 Cork Key chains -…  

$3.75

Wine Cork Key chains – color…  

$2.75

Cork Crafts – DIY Wine Cork …  

$23.5

Wine Cork Christmas Tree Orn…  

$8.5

Wine Cork Bulletin Board – r…  

$28

Wine Cork Crafts – DIY Bulle…  

$23.5

Reclaimed Wood Hanger, Wine …  

$22.5

Wine Cork Garland – red and …  

$25.75

Pair of Star Wall Hooks – Re…  

$15.25

Wine Cork Christmas Tree Orn…  

$9.25

Wine Cork Garland – multi-co…  

$15.75

Gift Tags – Chalkboard Gift …  

$10.75

Wine Cork Crafts – DIY Bulle…  

$23.5

 

Don’t want to wait until Monday? No problem!

This Saturday, November 30th, we support Small Business Saturday with the coupon:

SHOPHANDMADE for 15% off your order all day as well!

Both coupons can only be used in our Etsy shop on dates specified, and do not apply to custom orders.  If you are looking for some DIY coasters we are making them as fast as possible. They have been selling out quickly this holiday season. Thank you for your patience.

We will have a new wine cork tutorial out before the end of the year!!!

Happy Holidays, Bee

Wine Cork Garland Tutorial

We have an abundance of synthetic wine corks and I am always testing different ideas as how to reuse them. Here is my latest idea…

Wine Cork Garland for the Holidays!

Decorate the Christmas tree, banisters, and mantles with a lovely strand of wine corks. The above garland measures 21 feet, the perfect length to wrap around a tree. Or twist it with lights and hang it on a stair banister.  I love that this eco-friendly project can be used year round.  Put the finishing touches on anniversary dinners, or use colored cork garland to decorate for other holidays like the New Year or Valentines’ Day.

Materials needed:

Wine Corks, any type

Screw Eyes, any size

Key rings, any size

We simply screwed two screw eyes into each cork’s end and connected them with key rings!

As you see below, you can use different types of wine corks, different sized screw eyes, and different sized key rings to make different styles of wine cork garland.

We like to add champagne corks to the ends of the garland. Here is one we just made for our own decorating (in honor of a trip to New Orleans).

Happy Crafting!
~Bee

Be sure to enter our GIVEAWAY! It ends tonight at midnight, 11/6/13

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