Quick & Frugal DIY Wine Cork Wreath


Hello! I almost forgot how get online to blog.  While we have continued to save wood and make beautiful items for our Etsy shop, but blogging was put on the back burner for traveling and family this year.  However, it’s the holidays and I just had to share this quick, inexpensive DIY wine cork post!!!


DIY Wine Cork Wreath


Approx. 40 wine corks

hot glue / craft glue

floral / craft ring

holiday floral / wreath decorations

wire for wall hanging


I didn’t spend more than $5 and 10 minutes on each wreath!  First, add a wall hanger of some sort. We used left over jewelry wire to make a hanger by looping it through the pre-drilled holes in the craft ring. Twist ties, soda tabs, tiny nails, or even commando hooks can work on the back side of the wreath as well.


Next, lay out your corks on the floral & craft ring. This flat craft ring bonds well with the hot glue, and can be found in the floral section of most craft stores.  You want to lay out your corks because they can be different sizes and you will want shape the corks to best fit the circular shape of the craft ring.


Then start glueing! We used a hot glue gun, but most craft adhesive will also work well with corks and the craft ring surfaces.


Use your holiday floral/decorations to dress up your wreath, and fill any gaps caused by the different sized corks…and you’re done!!!


The floral/craft ring cost me $2.49 and the glitter poinsettias were $0.39 each.  This project is quick, cheap, and lightweight.   You can use it on the table as a centerpiece with candles and vases, or display it on the wall.  We paired one with a bottle of wine and gave it as a holiday gift as well!




Happy Holidays! More craft tutorials coming soon! We just love this time of year.

Thanks, Bee

CYBERMONDAY coupon 25% off your entire order (Monday November 30th & Tuesday December 1st, 2015 only).



Wine Cork Tutorial: DIY Cork Key Chains


DIY Wine Cork Key Chains

Materials Needed:

Split Rings

Screw Eyes

Recycled Wine Corks

Clear Craft Glue

Any wine cork, synthetic or oak, will make great key chains!  We prefer 1″ split rings and screw eyes around 13/16 inch size, but any size will do.  Split rings can be found a craft store like Michaels, and screw eyes can be found at any hardware or home improvement store.

After you have selected your corks, dip the thread of the screw eyes into the clear craft glue before screwing them into the top of the wine cork.  You can make the key chains without the glue, but after awhile the cork can come unscrewed from the screw eye, so adding a little glue to prevent turning is best.

We like to use clear E6000 craft adhesive. It is amazing to work with, and once dry makes an awesome bond with the cork material.  After screwing into the cork, you can wipe off any excess or just leave it, since it will dry clear. It needs at least 24 hours to set.

The next day I slide on the split rings and TA DA we have adorable wine cork key chains!!!


Cork key chains make the perfect gift with a bottle of wine, or as a gift tag on a package for any wine lover.  They have a ton of uses, from identifying boat & spare key sets, to organizing all those reward cards.

So save your corks for this fun, easy craft project!


Love the idea, but aren’t feeling crafty?! We always have cork key chains and cork supplies available in our Etsy shop.



Tic Tac Cork: Holiday Game Tutorial


Happy Holidays!

Using our favorite craft medium, my daughters and I made this fun tic tac toe board for the holidays this year!!!


Tic Tac Cork Game


Materials Needed:

10 champagne corks


pipe cleaners

googly eyes

painters tape

spray paint

reclaimed cabinet door (or can substitute with piece of felt)


First we painted 5 corks brown and 5 corks white.  Then we decorated them with pipe cleaners and googly eyes to make them look like reindeer and snowmen.

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Since we have a ton of reclaimed cabinet doors laying around the workshop, we grabbed a brown flat panel door. Next we used painters tape to make the tic tac toe lines, and then sprayed it with red paint.  Once dry, we removed the painters tape and played our first game!

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Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season, and find time to play a few games with your family!!!

Love, Bee


Holiday News 2014


Happy Holidays!  This year seemed to fly by!!! We are thankful to have spent another year saving wood and other beautiful materials.  Each year I love to see what our customers will request.  Here are some of my favorite custom orders in 2014:

Wine Cork Garland Wine Cork Art Reclaimed Cabinet Doors Blue & Purple Craft Corks

Shop News

We will be ON VACATION from November 22nd to December 1st, 2014. Orders placed during this time will be shipped via USPS Priority Mail (2-3 day) on December 2nd when we re-open.  Thank you for your patience.

We are working on a new holiday craft cork tutorial. Look for it on the blog in December!

Here are crafts from previous holidays:

Turkey Day Cork Craft

Wine Cork Christmas Trees

Wine Cork Garland Tutorial

We will be participating in Cyber Monday on Monday December 1st, 2014.  Look for our coupon and sale on the front page of our Etsy shop, or on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Many thanks to all our customers, followers, and friends!


Wine Cork Pumpkin Tutorial

wine cork pumpkin

October is here! My favorite month of the year. Cooler weather, pumpkin patches, and my birthday arrive this month!

We started fall crafting last week, and came up with this new wine cork pumpkin tutorial to share.  I love how these little cork pumpkins turned out!


Materials Needed:

24 and a half recycled wine corks

E6000 glue

2-4 artificial fall leaves

The 24 and half corks.

I prefer oak wine corks. They bond with glue better than synthetics, and they can be colored.  You can paint the entire cork orange, paint just the end of the cork orange, or leave them their natural tan color.  Cut one cork in half with a perforated knife and use it for the stem of the pumpkin.



We love this glue when using corks.  First I glued 5 rows of corks together: two rows of 4, two rows of 5, and one row of 6.  Let them dry for an hour or so. E6000 needs at least 24 hours to set, so giving it just a little while to dry will allow the rows to bend but still hold together. Next glue the rows together.


Artificial Leaves.

I took apart some fall greenery that I had in my craft bin, and attached the leaves to the top of the cork pumpkin with the glue.  Then I added the cut wine cork for the stem, and let the pumpkin dry overnight.


My little bees (ages 5 and 8) enjoyed making the pumpkins with me. We added some orange corks to the shop.

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This month you can use coupon code: BIRTHDAY for 15% off your order.  Expires 10/31/14 

Happy Crafting, Bee




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!




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.



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}

cork canvas

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! 😉


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!



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

Repurposing Cabinet Doors


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

cara7Repurposed Finds!

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


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.


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.


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!!!

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.


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.


Thanks, Bee & Family 



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