Mornin’ friends… I hope you had a nice weekend! Ours was pretty busy… but exciting! We closed the deal with our very first Junkie Paint retailer! (More on that later this week!) Today, I”m gonna share a quick tutorial for making a wine cork monogram.
Truth be told, I made this monogram a few months ago… but when I took the candlesticks off of our fireplace mantel to make my 30 second centerpiece, it left the monogram a little wobbly. I guess the candlesticks were lending a supportive shoulder. The next day, I came downstairs and my “H” was now a showering of wine corks across my living room floor! Time to rebuild!!
I’m pretty lucky when it comes to making monograms because our last name starts with an H… no curvy swervies to work around, just a whole lot of straight lines. If your last name is Smith… may the force be with you! I started by hot gluing the corks in a straight line. This would be the tall sides of my H.
As you start to add layers to your sides, make sure you put the hot glue in two places. I think this is where I messed up the first time. Had I ‘double-glued’ the corks, I don’t think I would have had quite the sea of wine corks on the floor.
Once I had the side as tall as I wanted, I widened the base so it would have a little more support to stand on. Now, the important bit here is stand it up and make sure you glue the corks flat with the ground. You may have to play with different corks to find the sizes you need to make it work.
If our last name was Irvin, Irwin, Isley, Ingall, well, you get the picture, I’d be done! But for us, I had to build another side just like this.
Then I connected the two… and done!
Now for all those extra corks… I have some other projects up my sleeve but until then, I thought, why shove them in my plastic crafts drawers?? I decided to decorate with them. I dumped them in a large glass vase that I had on hand.
And popped a candle on top! I don’t plan on burning this candle (in fact, it’s one of those battery-light-up-ones, found it at the thrift store for $1!)
And there you have it…
I placed the monogram back on the mantel, this time with my new white insulator ($1.29 thrift find last week!) Have you ever seen one? I had never seen a white insulator!! I was so excited!! And now my cork monogram has a new shoulder to lean on… hopefully she’ll stay on the mantel this time!!
Have you seen a white insulator before?? I haven’t done research but wonder how old it is??
Until next time,
Vintage News Junkie