Well, it's my third day back to work after an awesome summer vacation, and I'm already exhausted! :)
I have spent the past 72 hours lifting, moving, organizing, creating, gluing, arranging, and rearranging my new classroom (WHICH, by the way, is HUGE and BRIGHT!)
Somewhere between tripping over a cardboard box and burning my finger on a hot glue gun, I thought-
OOH! I gotta write that tutorial I've been promising!
So here it is!
Thank you so much for your comments about how the wreath turned out!
Here is how I made it...
Supplies: Corks, Straw Wreath, Toothpicks, Hot Glue Gun
1. Collect as many corks as you can find, and by that I mean literally ask for them from everyone you know! You'll need as many as you can get your hands on.
2. Buy a straw wreath (I bought one with a 14 inch diameter from Michaels) and leave the plastic on the wreath. You won't be taking it off.
3. Take a toothpick, put a dab of hot glue on one end of it, and stick it into one end of a cork. Then put a dab of glue on the other end of the toothpick and stick that end into the wreath. Start inside the wreath and go all the way around the circle like my picture shows below.
4. Make sure you put each toothpick in at an angle- *do not stick them straight into the wreath*.
Don't be fooled by the number of corks in this picture. I also had an entire shoebox full off to the side :).
5. After you've finished the first circle layer and your wreath looks like mine above, begin building outwards by making another circle of corks, and another, until you've reached the outer edge of the wreath. Make sure you angle all of the corks in the same direction as best you can. It took me 8 layers of circles to reach the outer side of the wreath.
6. Don't get discouraged if you think it doesn't look quite right as you're making it. Mine didn't really start looking like anything until the 5th layer of corks. So just keep going!!
7. Because then, before you know it, TA-DAAAA! You'll have created your very own masterpiece!
I chose to use all natural colored corks, with the exception of one with a leopard print to add a little sparkle. But I'm sure it would look great with different colored corks as well!