Happy Monday! I hope you had some fun with last week’s #20waystoinspire prompt – fruits and veggies make for some pretty cool creative catalysts, don’t you think?
This week our prompt is:
Pull out three little random things from one of your junk drawers and incorporate them
into a craft project.
I think we all have that one drawer in the kitchen that is a catch-all for all kinds of junk (and good stuff, too) like twist ties, rubber bands, old key rings, corks, miscellaneous hardware and bits of broken things…right? So here are the three things I pulled from my junk drawer to stare at for a while and see what kind of cute crafty thing I might come up with.
Wine corks and old clothespins first caught my eye when I opened the drawer because they’re just crafty by nature. The red upholstery tacks made me think of Christmas, so I started noodling on an idea for an ornament. These particular corks are the newer rubber kind, which I thought might be easy to cut without crumbling. I tried slicing them with a sharp butcher knife and it worked well – but please be careful! I purposely only took three slices off each cork so there was enough at one end to hold on to safely.
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The clothespin was old and weathered, so that got me thinking about a primitive or rustic style ornament. Then the slices of cork reminded me of the ends of logs in a woodpile stack, especially because they were not uniformly cut. I sliced some a little thinner or thicker, and some ended up with a slight angle. From there I decided to arrange them in a triangle like a Christmas tree.
I wanted to soften up the look of the smooth rubber and make it look a bit woodier, so I rubbed clear glue on top of each slice and dipped it into tan flocking powder and let them dry. Then I adhered each slice to a piece of extra stiff cardboard with 3D adhesive foam squares for dimension. I trimmed the cardboard into a triangle around the corks, leaving an extra ¾” along the bottom. After pressing the tacks into place, I glued ribbon at the bottom and colored the edges of the cardboard and clothespin with a red paint marker. By the way, it’s easy to spray paint gold or silver tacks whatever color you like. Just press them all into a sheet of corrugated cardboard and spray.
Glue a little loop of ribbon to the back at the top to make a hanger. You can make this ornament smaller by using only three or four rows of cork slices instead of five. This is just about the cutest junk drawer ornament I ever did see, if I do say so myself!
Leave a comment to tell us what you make and be sure to use our hashtag, #20waystoinspire, when you post your project on social media so we can find it and share. Have a great week!