Every few years I purge my house. Boxes are re-organized, memorabilia is checked for remembrance, and bags are filled for the dump or the thrift store.
The purge is never a quick process. It takes months because I’m not particularly fond of going through all the closets and boxes. I wish I could be one of those people who trash/donate on a regular basis but I’m not. I’m a “I might use this some day” until I’m “oh my gosh! we have too much stuff!” It’s weird being me.
Anyway, one of the first areas I tackled was my craft supplies. This was a bittersweet process. I had plans and visions for the items that filled the closet but as life has gotten busier I simply don’t have the time to use the stuff.
I’ve donated much of the stuff but there’s a pile of stuff that I just can’t seem to part with yet. I’ve set myself a deadline though — I have to use the materials by the end the year or it has to go.
These cork strips sit have sat in my closet for years! Finally, I have an easy project that will transform them into an amazing piece of home decor.
What you’ll need:
Here’s what you’ll do:
- Begin by removing the outer part of the embroidery hoop (the part with the screw) and use your glue to the dowel rods to the inside of your circle, spaced evenly. You may wish to use some masking tape to hold the rods in place while the glue dries.
- While the glue is drying, cut the cork to 27 inches long. Depending the height of your cork, you’ll need to do this for 4-6 strips. I needed more since my cork was only 1-1/2 inches tall.
- Thread your needle with the yarn of your choice. Make a circle with your cork and overlap the ends by 1-1/2 inches. (I suggest you measure your own before starting to stitch! You don’t want the cork to hang over your embroidery hoop base.)
- Stitch through the cork a decorative design of your choice. I went with simple, geometric shapes! 🙂
- Once your glue is dry, drop your cork rings over the dowel rods and enjoy!
I took my cork tower one step further and placed a small lamp inside. Of course, you could use a candle if you didn’t have a small lamp.
Depending on your ambition, you can do this in various sizes, around vases, or even use the cork to wrap around an cheap, ugly planter.
By the way, I didn’t pay Amazon prices for my cork. Check your local teachers store, thrift stores (which is where I got mine), or even an office supply store.
I would love to see how you use cork strips! After all, I’ve still got a bit more to use! Haha!