Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Guest Post: Easy Peasy Recycled Wine Cork Bird House Ornaments

Hello all -- Catherine Scanlon here to share a super fun and cute ornament you can make from recycled wine corks.

Before I get started with that though, I should say that I'm a saver. I save a lot of things intending to use them -- sometimes I see something on Pinterest that gives me an idea or just things pop into my head and I can't stop thinking about my wine corks. Not that I drink a lot of wine, but over the course of 25 years you tend to have a lot of things when you like to save them. I recently broke down and took a bag of them to the recycling center. I couldn't part with them all though, I'm sure you know how that goes.

When I saw this super cool paper bead Key Chain on Pinterest the sky opened, the angels sang -- and I saw wine cork bird houses in my head.

The best part is, they turned out so much cuter than I imagined!

Wine Cork Bird House Ornaments by Catherine Scanlon

I will share the only hint about making these ornaments easy: it is so much easier if your corks are straight, meaning not larger at the top than at the bottom. 
  • I started by covering all my corks with paper.
  • Some I used patterned paper and some I used vintage music paper. Craft glue or hot glue works great to secure the paper in place around the cork. 
  • If the paper hangs over at all use a sanding block to sand that off.
  • For the roof and base of the house I used a large and small Vintaj Brass Round Blanks and drilled a tiny hole (just large enough for the screw eye to fit through) in the center of all the blanks.  
  • To create a cool pattern for the roof I ran each blank through my Big Shot Machine with an Embossing Folder to emboss a pretty pattern on both of the blanks. When I ran out of the Vintaj blanks I used my Sizzix Big Shot to cut the same size disks out of sheet metal.
Wine Cork Bird House Ornaments by Catherine Scanlon
  • To secure the large blank to the top I inserted a small screw eye into the hole I had drilled and screwed it into place. (Optional: a large bead of hot glue will help secure it in place permanently!)
  • For the bottom I inserted a fancy pin into the small blank and centered it on the bottom of the wine cork. (I also used hot glue to secure the bottom one in place.)  
Wine Cork Bird House Ornaments by Catherine Scanlon
  • Next comes the fun part -- adding the decorations. Since the Vintaj disks already have holes drilled in the edge I used that to dangle a metal bird charm from the "roof" of the house. 
  • You can change the bottom by adding a screw eye to the bottom of the house, or drill a hole in a thimble and dangle bells from the center. 
  • A small pin with a bead on the end trimmed to 1/2" long inserted into the side of the cork looks like the little stick the birds sit on before tending to the babies in the house. 
  • To finish, you can create hangers from pre-made bead chain and add fun decorations like vintage dog tags, or other blanks from Vintaj. You could really use anything that you like! 
Wine Cork Bird House Ornaments by Catherine Scanlon

I love how my little bird houses came out -- and I've already given several of them away to the bird lovers in my life! The only reason I stopped making them is I ran out of bird charms! I can't wait to get some more :-)

Thank you so much for joining me today -- I hope you will take a visit to my blog and see some of the other things I'm sharing this holiday season!

Have a great day, make it recycled -- and make it crafty!



  1. Catherine, I love love love this! Now I know what to do with the corks I've been collecting! Love Vintaj stuff, too.

  2. Those are just to darn cute!!

  3. THANKS to all -- these were so much fun to create!!

  4. These are so sweet! Totally inspired me ... now to find someone who drinks wine and is willing to part with their corks : ). Thanks Catherine!

  5. These are absolutely precious - great way to repurpose wine corks.
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  6. OMG, that is just beyond adorable. I love re-purposing, too, and this is just a perfect way of using up those corks. TFS! :-)

  7. Cute, my dtr would love these. Thanks for sharing and have a blessed day,
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  8. I love them! i think these would be a cute christmas gift =D