Every year, I make an ornament for our tree with the year on it. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it’s a fun way to get crafty and add something handmade to our Christmas tree.
I also love to use materials I already have on hand. This year, I turned to my collection of corks to create a simple 2015 ornament.
To create your own, start with four corks of roughly the same size. Glue them together, two by two. (I wanted the corks to stay their natural color, but you could also paint them a new color before gluing, as I did with the snowman wine charms.)
Once the glue has dried, use stickers to add the letters or number to the end of the corks. I coated the numbers in matte Mod Podge to keep them from peeling off.
Next, add an eye to the top of the cork – these twist easily into cork and give you a place to add ribbon and hang the ornament.
I love that this ornament is made of corks from the bottles of wine we’ve enjoyed this year. It’s a simple and festive way to decorate the tree.
I also made a simple initial cork ornament while I was at it, which would be a wonderful gift tag for all those presents you’re wrapping.
So, get crafting! Make those corks a special part of your holiday tree this year and for years to come.
Kim is an unapologetic DIYer who lives in an old barn on 17 acres in rural Illinois. She makes (long) lists, drinks (good) wine, renovates (ugly) houses, upcycles (all the) things, and writes about the adventures along the way at newlywoodwards.com.