April Earth Day Giveaway & Shop News

Hello April!


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!!!

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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!

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

Fall Bee Keeping (with our 3 year SALE)!

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!

In honor of our first three years on Etsy, we are hosting a giveaway and offering a coupon to our blog readers!

Shop online with our 15% off coupon from now until November 7th!

Enter coupon code: ShopHandmade at checkout.


Also check out our great giveaway!!!

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Indoor/Outdoor Wall Vase Tutorial


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.

Materials Needed:




outdoor stain, and rags


stainless steel clamps

lath screws

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

Corky Wednesdays: Corks & Kids

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

Monday Organization

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.


Decorating with Wine Corks

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!




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