This year, we’re trying to keep Christmas buying to a minimum, and mostly giving gifts of food or simple items that we’ve made here on the farm. So in that theme, here’s another DIY item that I resurrected from the past and have been making. It uses leftover wine corks to make ornaments for your tree or to attach to packages as a gift for someone else’s tree!
One of the nice things about making these ornaments is that they can be varied almost infinitely to fit any decorating scheme for Christmas. It’s also easy to use up leftover beads, tassels, and ribbons from other projects or to repurpose materials to make them.
Green Floral Wire
To make an ornament, drill a hole through the center of the cork lengthwise using a small drill bit. If the tassel has a hanging loop, cut this off of the tassel. Cut a length of floral wire (about 8″ is plenty) and slip one end into the top of the tassel. Twist the floral wire so that it will hold the tassel, then start adding beads to the floral wire as desired. Next, thread the cork onto the floral wire, add the ribbon hanger, and then a final bead. Cut the floral wire just a bit above the final bead, and twist to form a small loop that will hold everything together. It should look like this when finished:
These can also be hung on the necks of wine bottles as a nice added hostess gift. Here’s one on a white background so you can see the construction a little better: