Decorazione di Vino per il Natale

A wine decoration for Christmas? I found the perfect way to combine my love for Christmas with my love for wine!

It all began with the numerous wine corks that I have saved over the years. Ever wonder what to do with them? All you need are wine corks, a drill, twine and about 2 hours.

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I took a basic electric drill with a rather large bit (screw head) and drilled a single hole through each cork. It took me about 2 hours total.

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I held the cork with a clamp and stood the cork up on a piece of wood while I drilled.

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It was a bit messy so make sure to cover your work surface with paper. Once all the corks had holes, I carefully inserted twine through each one. I dipped the end of the twine in the liquid wax of  a candle and let it dry beforehand to stiffen the tip.

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I periodically had to drill more holes in corks until I got the length of twine I needed to go around my Christmas tree several times.

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I made sure to tie large knots on each end leaving a bit of extra twine so the garland wouldn’t be too rigid.

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We love Christmas so much in our house that we put a Christmas tree in our kitchen as well as our living room. I love to decorate it with kitchen/food-oriented items. This year I wrapped the tree in a natural looking burlap ribbon, hung artificial apples and cookie cutters. You could get very creative. In past years, I’ve hung utensils, popcorn and curly orange rinds.

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I love incorporating things that I love into my decorating, and that includes wine. I hope you enjoyed seeing how I made my Decorazione de Vino per il Natale!

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A Simple Christmas Door Hanger

I found a very basic Christmas door hanger at the Dollar store the other day for only $1.00. I knew I had burlap, pine cones and twine at home and wondered if I could take this no frills door hanger and somehow make it my own.

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Here’s the plain and basic door hanger…

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I took the twine I had and wrapped it around the circular part that was currently red and white.

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I left the red ribbon and bells on the door hanger. I then hung three pine cones with additional twine.

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Then I glued on a burlap bow I made. Voila! My own simple Christmas Door Hanger. I love it. And the best thing is… it only cost me $1.00!

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My Pine Cone Garland

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I just love my simple pine cone garland that I “knocked off” from vechernie-posidelki.

feltedheartspineconegarland@CommeUnAirDeFeteI love this simple “felt hearts and pine cone” from Vechernie-posidelki.blogspot.com. The combination of natural elements and handmade ones elicits a simple and effortless elegance. So, I wanted to create something similar for my home that would capture this same essence (a natural and effortless elegance). But my garland has a little bit of a different twist.

First, I made my own star ornaments using the following ingredients:

  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1.5 cups of warm water

Add the water slowly as you mix the ingredients. You should end up with a bread dough-like ball.

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I rolled the dough out flat. Using a cookie cutter star, I then made as many stars as I could.

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Then, using a nail, the end of a pen or a skewer, make holes at the top of each star.

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Bake for 1 hour at 300 degrees. Then, using a basic acrylic art paint, I painted each star red. Make sure to paint both sides.

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Then, using white acrylic paint, I made a stitch-like border.

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I then sprayed each star (both sides) with a clear gloss acrylic finish. Then I tied a piece of twine to each star.

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My kids and I collected a bunch of pine cones in our neighborhood. We are fortunate enough to have tons of pine trees. I tied twine to each pine cone making a loop at the top of each.

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Then, I laid out all the stars and pine cones and ran one piece of twine through each.

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Using a glue gun, I put a small dab of glue at the point where twine met twin to insure that everything would hang evenly.

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And there you have it. My pine cone garland. I just love it! You can use the dough recipe to create all kinds of unique Christmas tree ornaments as well.

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