Sunday, November 11, 2012

LBH 12 days of Ornaments: Day #1

Good Morning Friends!
I have the great privilege of featuring the first Ornament of our 
12 Days of Ornaments feature presented by 
Over the next 12 days, myself and the other LBH gals will feature a unique hand-made ornament and a full tutorial for you. We hope that you will be inspired to craft along with us and enjoy the new techniques and tips that we will be sharing with you!

You will also have a chance to WIN the featured ornament that day by leaving comments on each LBH blog post and becoming a follower of our blog. Tomorrow, we will post the winner for Day #1's ornament and so on. 12 Winners in all!!! So be sure to visit the LBH blog at

Introducing Ornament #1...
My Christmas Cork Tree Ornament
Designed by: Tracy Pounds

As most of you know, I'm a huge fan of repurposing "old' items and that's exactly what I did with these recycled wine corks. You can easily recreate these ornaments and we have tons of wine corks and the other supplies that you will need to craft with...
all available at the LBH.

Miss Tracy's "How To":

Supplies needed:
Wine Corks
Ribbon & Tinsel
Paint (optional)
Decorative Brads or Tacks
Glue Gun, Helmar 450 Tacky Glue

 Begin by positioning your wine corks in a pyramid shape. 
Hot glue them together.
Trim one cork down using your scissors to create a trunk for your Cork Tree. Hot Glue to the bottom center of your tree.
Here is what it will look like once glued.
I really like the look of the natural corks, but if you would rather have a more traditional tree, you could paint the tree portion green and the trunk a brown or gold.
I wanted to add a little sparkle to my Cork Tree so I cut strips of tinsel (Tim Holtz/Ranger) and glued a small strip to each valley between the corks. I used Helmar 450 for this step.
I also cut some small nips of tinsel and applied a dot of glue in between my corks on the front and back of my cork tree. I tucked the tinsel nips into these areas.

Next, adorn your Cork Tree with decorative brads or tacks. I used my paper piercer to start the hole and then just pushed the brads and tacks right into the corks. Very easy to do!
To create the ribbon topper for your Cork Tree, cut two pieces of ribbon (one 6 in. and one 16in.) and glue the shorter piece onto the top center of your tree. 
Take the longer piece of ribbon and create a loop on one end. Glue each loop in place using hot glue or Helmar 450 Tacky Glue.
Continue gluing loops like the picture below...
Glue the tail of the ribbon to the center of the bow to create a hanger. It will look like this when you are through...
Now glue the looped bow to your tree directly on top of the small piece that you glued on previously. 
To be sure that the bow stays secure through the years, you could push a decorative tack down through the center of the loop hanger into the top cork.  Now all that's left to do is hang it on the tree. These would also be cute as standing decorations too!

I hope you were inspired by my tutorial today and will create some of these charming ornaments! Don't forget to hop on over and post your comments at the LBH blog for a chance to WIN!!!

Happy Crafting & Merry Christmas!
Miss Tracy :)
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Anonymous said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Actually, I'd seen a similar version elsewhere and planned to recreate ... but I like yours better! Thanks, Miss T!

Anne said...

This is so cute. I guess I will have to drink a lot of wine before I can make the tree. Win, win situation. I love the bow on the top.