“Adoro il vino” Magneti ! – “I Adore Wine” Magnets

Adoro il vino! I adore wine! What better way to express my love of wine than upcycle the corks to magnets!

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Because I always save my corks, I had a bowl of wine corks ready to use. But if you don’t have any on hand, crafts stores sell them in a bunch. All you need are the corks, magnets, glue (I use a hot glue gun) and an electric knife.

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First, I cut each cork in half. Be careful not to cut yourself. The corks are small and the knife is big.

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I used a magnet strip rather than individual circular magnets. I cut the magnet strip into approximately 1 inch pieces. Although the magnet strip had an adhesive backing on it, I still used hot glue when applying the magnet to the cork. After about 10 minutes the corks were ready to use.

IMG_2250I used my  new wine corks to display all of my hand-made greeting cards I’ve created over the years.

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If you love wine like I do, I hope you try this easy diy. It’s a simple and unique way to express something you love. I love my “Adoro il vino” magnets!

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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