Wine Cork Ornaments
If you are looking for a fun way to display a wine cork from a memorable bottle of wine, a special occasion or an event, look no further! These wine cork ornaments are easy to make and are a beautiful addition to your Christmas decor. They could even be displayed year round, depending on the charms that you choose to embellish your cork. Here's what you need to get started (in addition to your wine cork)...
Wine Cork Ornament Instructions
1. Take a long, thin nail and poke it through the center of the wine cork.
2. Straighten out a large paper clip and feed it through the hole that you just created in the center of the wine cork.
3. Take a half dome shaped embellishment (top, right in the above picture) and feed it through the top of the paper clip so that it rests on top of the wine cork.
4. Take a coordinating bead (top, center in the above picture) and feed it through the paper clip so that it sits on top of the half dome shaped embellishment.
5. Use your plyers to bend the paper clip so that it creates a loop and holds the two embellishments firmly in place on top of your wine cork.
6. Cut 6" - 8" length of ribbon. Feed it through the loop that you just created out of the paper clip. Tie the two ends of ribbon together.
7. Pull the paper clip from the bottom so that it creates tension against the embellishments on top of the wine cork and holds them securely in place. Tip the ornament upside down.
8. Take a second half dome shaped embellishment (top, right in the above picture) and feed it through the the paper clip so that it rests on the bottom of the wine cork.
9. Take a second coordinating bead (top, center in the above picture) and feed it through the paper clip so that it sits on top of the half dome shaped embellishment. Remember...your ornament is flipped upside down so the bead sits on top of the embellishment now but will be underneath it when you flip the ornament the right way.
10. Take a connecting embellishment (top, left in the above picture) that has a loop on the top and bottom. Feed it through the paper clip so that it hangs underneath the bead. Use your plyers to bend the paper clip so that it creates a loop that hooks to the connecting embellishment and holds the other two embellishments firmly in place on the bottom of your wine cork. Note: You will probably need to cut the paper clip so that it is the appropriate length.
11. Take a small loop or ring (top, center beneath the beads in the above picture) and attach it to the loop at the bottom of the connecting embellishment.
12. Take 3-5 charms and connect them to the loop or ring. Your charms may already have a ring that can be opened with plyers and refastened around the loop or you may have to attatch an additional loop to the charm before attaching the charm to the wine cork ornament.
13. Optional: Take a length of wire and wrap it around the cork, creating twists and swirls as you see fit. Poke one end into the wine cork to secure it in place. You may want to add a dab of super glue to the hole where you poke the wire into the cork.
13. Refer to the closeup below if you are confused about any of the steps. Hopefully the picture will convey anything that I was unable to verbalize.
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Photo shot with SHOTBOX and my Moto Z Force Smartphone.
Below you can see the setup inside the box. I used a silver, vinyl backdrop that I pulled across the interior of the SHOTBOX at an angle rather than having it hug the contours of the back and bottom. I did this so that there wouldn't be an obvious line where the base and the back come together. I think that doing this created more shadows than would have otherwise been there but it did eliminate the line that I was trying to avoid. I eliminated one problem and created another! Oh well. Each photoshoot is a learning experience! I fed a pliable branch down the center, left hole on the top of the SHOTBOX and back up the center, right hole. I set a hammer (anything heavy enough would work) on the end of the branch to hold it in place. I then hung the ornaments from the branch. I used the Sideshot Arm for additional front lighting. While it dispelled some of the shadows, it created others. All in all, it was fun to try some new techniques. I would love to reshoot this with a different background now that I see the final photos closeup but alas, I already gave all of the ornaments away!