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!
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!!!
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
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.
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).
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November 6th, 2013 in
| tags: craft
, craft corks
, craft tutorial
, recycled wine corks
, reuse corks
, wine cork
, wine cork crafts
Hello!!! I have been absence from the blog since this summer – wow! We took some time off to travel and are happily back in the studio creating for the upcoming holidays! In September we celebrated three wonderful years on Etsy!!! When we started the online shop, I had a goal of shipping to all 50 states. Almost there…
Since I created this map last month, I can also cross off Oklahoma and Kansas! Only FIVE more states to go!
Next week on the blog look for a new tutorial on wine cork garland!!!
OK Time to Celebrate!
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Last month we made 20 wall vases for baby shower favors! Today I wanted to share how we created them. You don’t need to make twenty, but inside one or two can make beautiful wall sconces filled with candles. Or place a wall vase with fresh flowers from the garden by your front door. There are many ways to use these eco-friendly vases.
outdoor stain, and rags
stainless steel clamps
any medium to large glass jars
wall hanging hardware
First we cut some wood rectangles. We decided to use some curved reclaimed wood molding we had saved. Any size wood will do, but the idea is to have the wood wider and longer than the glass jars that you want to use. We cut two sizes of rectangles for two different sized jars: one 8.5″ by 5″ and one smaller 7.5″ x 4″.
Next I sealed the wood with outdoor deck stain. We prefer Sikkens but any outdoor stain with sealer will do. After the wood dried, I added wall hardware to the backs.
Then my sweet husband drilled and secured the stainless steel clamps to the wood. There are many different size clamps. We used clamp size #56 (3 1/16″ to 4″). They can be found in the plumbing section of your local hardware store. We used a lath screw and a drill to hold the clamps to the wood. Lath screws are great all purpose fasteners. The exact screw label: truss washer lath screw 8 x 9/16.
To add the glass jars, I used a screwdriver to tighten the clamps around the glass. You can use all sorts of recycled glass jars. Wide mouth pickle and salad dressing glass jars are a favorite, if we’re not using mason canning jars.
I added some pink flowers (it’s a girl) and then packaged them up with an ultrasound picture of the baby. The mom to be loved them!!!
We made a few extras for our online shop if you are interested. And as always, if you have any questions when trying our tutorials please feel free to email us: thewoodenbee at gmail.com
Look for a shop update and SALE next week!
Happy Creating, Bee
In this month’s Corky Wednesdays post I wanted to feature cork ideas for children. I pinned some amazing ideas I found while doing online research: Wine Corks Board
Kids Cork Crafts on Pinterest
Also, I wanted to share what one of my daughters has been doing with corks this week!
A is for apples. The three year has been learning her letters and enjoyed painting with corks.
F is for Frog. Pipe cleaner, champagne corks, and googly eyes, and we were hopping around.
Even our new kitten has been playing with corks!
So save the corks and get crafty too! ~Bee
Special note: I had decided to stop writing Corky Wednesday posts due to time, orders and family! Some sweet customers and followers have been asking about them, so I am bringing it back. Instead of weekly, it will be monthly postings now. Thank you for the support!
Previous Corky Wednesdays: Wine Cork Portraits, Wine Cork Wreaths, and Wine Cork Jewelry
May 22nd, 2013 in
| tags: childrens crafts
, kids cork crafts
, kids crafts
, summer crafts
, wine cork crafts
, wine corks
Hello Monday! Our weekend went by too fast, but I was happy to have a chance to spend it in the garden and getting organized at home. Last week while out shopping I couldn’t find some of my rewards cards at checkout. Every store you go into now days has some sort of customer rewards program, and I can never find them in my wallet or purse. With two little munchkins with me at checkout I usually give up. Not anymore! I designated a wine cork key chain just for my reward cards!
Now I will be able to close my wallet AND find them every time. See our tutorial on making a wine cork key chain: Wine Cork Key Chain Tutorial This one was even easier, just a cork, a screw eye, and a split ring! No tools required.
I started cleaning and organizing the workshop this week, and found some extra corks that I had forgotten about! I layered the different colors in a glass vase and put it on an empty shelf.
Yes, we made the shelf out of reclaimed wood too!
Hope all our crafty friends and followers have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend!
Congratulations to our Earth Day Winners, Jackee, Elyse, and Yafa! What a fun giveaway. Thank you to everyone that entered!
Jewelry / Small Item Display Idea
Materials: old wood stair spindle, wine corks, wood glue, sand paper, stain, painters tape
Tools: saw, drill
When Artistry Day Spa & Salon asked to have a display of our wine cork key chains, of course I said yes! Now, I have never made a key chain display before but I wasn’t going to say no. How exciting someone wanted to display our cork key chains in their shop! I drew up some ideas and showed them to the quiet half of The Wooden Bee, my husband Kyle. We collect a variety of materials in our recycling efforts and I always like to consult him on new projects. After discussing several materials, we settled on an old stair spindle.
I cut it up before I thought to take a picture, but here it is pieced back together.
We made three cuts for three jewelry displays and an extra wood block (that I’m sure will be reused for another project).
Then we drilled a hole through the stair spindle. We used a wine cork as grommets to secure a wood pole. Simply drill out the middle of a wine cork and cut it in half to make the grommets. You can use a little wood glue to help secure the grommets (& pole) as well.
Next, I sanded and stained the wood display and wood pole, after covering the wine cork grommets with painters tape. We should have waited to fit the cork grommets until after staining, but we wanted to make sure we could secure the wood display pole before we got any further in the process.
I added little cork “caps” to the wood pole so nothing could slide off. Simply use cut and hollowed ends of wine corks. We have three more displays to make, so I get more detailed with our new idea in future posts!
I loved this project… just another reason to save the wood!!!
Happy Upcycling, Bee
April 29th, 2013 in
, Green Living
| tags: crafts
, display holder
, DIY projects
, green ideas
, jewelry display tutorial
, key chains
, make your own jewelry display
, reclaimed wood
, stair spindle
, wine corks
Each year, I use Earth Day to renew my stewardship for the planet. Last year, I set a few green goals. I wanted to expand my garden, buy a rain barrel, and replace all my nonstick cookware. Well, with my husband’s help I added approx. 30 SF of space to my raised bed gardens. I did buy a rain barrel but it is not hooked up. And I only replaced half of my nonstick cookware. Anything that was scratched was replaced with stainless steel, but I still have some saving to do before I can replace everything.
This year’s goal… is that our shop continues to increase our recycling and upcycling efforts. We are collecting more wood, wine corks, and hardware than ever before. I hope to find time to explore greener shipping & promotional materials. I also hope to find ways to use more natural methods to color our wood and corks. And yes finally hook up that rain barrel.
Earth911 More ideas, Less Waste. is a great place to find info on greener living.
So to celebrate this earthy holiday we’re hosting a THREE item giveaway, (which means THREE winners)!
First item up for grabs… a denim blue wine cork message strip. This mini cork board is perfect for wall space by a phone, door, or computer. Great for leaving notes, displaying special occasion invites, baby announcements and more! Includes thumb tacks.
What’s a giveaway without a gift certificate?! My favorite prize, a $15 gift certificate to our online shop. You get to pick your prize! Gift certificate can be applied to your entire order, including shipping, and is good through June 30th, 2013.
Win a colorful bag of wine cork keychains! Win 10 multi-colored wine cork keychains to use as party favors, give them to your friends, decorate a bottle of wine… there are so many little uses for these fun keychains!
Enter coupon code EARTHDAY at check out for 15% off your entire order, ends Thursday, April 25th, 2013!
Ok, Good Luck! Three winners will be randomly selected and announced on Friday, April 26th, 2013. Remember to get started you need to leave a blog comment and let us know what your Earth Day goals are this year!!!
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