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#13 ~ TODAY'S Tutorial By TheWoodenBee
Today Bee shares: how to make this GORGEOUS holiday tree out of corks!
__paper craft cone ( 11” or 14” height)
__wine corks (either synthetic, oak or both)
__strand of Christmas lights (battery operated or plug in)
__mini tree topper star
__hot glue gun
First, decide what size cone you would like to use for your tree. The number of wine corks available to you can help determine the size. When using the smaller 11”cones, you will need about 50 wine corks per tree. The larger 14” cones will take at least 100 wine corks. Once you have determined the size, you have some options on the material of the cone. We prefer the paper cone because it is the color of the wine corks, should you not cover every spec of surface with the wine corks. We also like the paper cone because it is hollow & allows you to hide the battery box so the lit tree can be put anywhere! The other cone material available is Styrofoam. Styrofoam cones allow you to easily pin the lights to the surface & are offered in much larger sizes should you have hundreds of corks to use. However, they are not as environmentally friendly as paper.
When your glue gun is hot & ready, start applying your wine corks at the bottom of the cone. Make sure to glue them so that you still keep a nice level surface for the tree to sit on. I start the corks at the bottom but then I jump to the top & then fill in the middle. There is no pattern, put the corks everywhere & anywhere as you are covering the surface of the cone. A second layer of wine corks will help cover any gaps or holes & the Christmas lights will stick out through the layered corks. I have even had to add a third layer to the base of the tree to help keep the tree shape. You will have to hold the corks in place for 20-30 seconds sometimes, especially when you are gluing cork to cork.
Please feel free to email, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions (& send pictures of your wine cork tree creations)! One of the things I liked about this craft, is it allows you some play & creativity so each tree is unique.
Our next crafting blog will be a magnolia cone wreath! Our daughter is thrilled to help with this, since she’s been collecting the magnolia cones on our nature walks all year long!