My front door was naked after Christmas! I want to crochet some snow flakes for Jan/Feb, but in the mean time this will do.
I started with an empty glassless frame, shells collected in the outer banks, corks, and some painted flowers. The flowers and butterflies are from a wall decoration I found at the thrift store. I cut off the gold pieces and spray painted them various colors. There is no seal coat, which was not a smart thing in hind sight.
After a bit of hot glue, I was done!
I used a piece of cotton yarn as the loop with a dab of hit glue on the knot to seal it. This is pretty heavy for its size due to the shells.
If you love crafting I recommend a thrift store trip once a month to nab cheap frames and miscellaneous decor to repurpose. In addition drink loads of wine to keep a steady supply of corks on hand. If you collect shells get no more than you think you’ll need because shells contribute to the local ecosystems.
I added another frame after some thought.
The first thing I tried to make from wine corks was a turtle. This is still my best work and my favorite object. The base was from a wooden decor bucket that broke. I hot glued the wine corks on and the head is made from a champagne cork bottle. The feet were cut with a box cutter on a cutting board. I have yet to find a better tool for corks than a box cutter.
The next project was taken straight from buzz feed/etsy. I made wine cork boards with bottle cap pins. Pretty straight forward. I later learned that if you do not have a deep picture frame, cut the corks in half.
I then made a giraffe because I wanted to be adventurous. Never make anything with long appendages. Make things that are pretty dense. Less chance of them falling apart.
Finally I made a sailboat! The floor boards are from the same wooden decor bucket as the turtle, except I used the sides because the base was used. I used mostly Rapadin River wine corks; it seemed fitting. The sail is made from foam paper with various beer and wine wrappers. When I first started the sail looked like shit, but after I got enough of the right color wrappers, it looks just fine. I usually keep bottle caps in the sailboat now.
At first the turtle sat on the front room table. But then I put it on the wall with some crab shells I had. It looks awesome.