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DIY – Cork Ornaments

To all you bloggers who blog every single day, how do you do this? Seriously. I tip my hat to you because I am ready to crawl on my couch under my nice fleece blanket with some wine and go back to my nice two days a blogging week thing. In case you dropped in on this post and are by any chance reading vs skimming photos like Generation Instagram, I am challenging myself to do 12 days of Christmas projects in an effort to get back to my love of creative blogging.

I am on Day 4 and I am pretty sure I am about to fall off my chair and die. Daylight savings time is not helping my lighting issues either.

I do however foresee lots of ornaments coming up. Mainly because I really like making them and we still need some in various parts of the house. So I made these ones out of cork. I took a flat sheet of craft cork and using my Xacto knife and a cutting board, cut out some star shapes thanks to my friend the cookie cutter turned stencil. Then I painted them and punched a hole in them using my mini screwdriver set.

Making cork ornaments Step 1

Painting cork ornaments


DIY Cork Ornaments - northstory

Cork Ornaments - Stars - northstory

DIY star cork ornaments - northstory

For those you reading going “Really Alex there is no way I am cutting out star shapes from cork”, how about some classic squares where you or your kids can decorate them whatever way you’d like?

I use my cookie cutters for everything other than baking. Which reminds me, I should at least try and get a Christmas recipe or some culinary creation on here as part of this.

Making cork ornaments for Christmas

DIY Christmas cork ornaments - northstory

DIY Cork Ornaments for Christmas - northstory

Those went on the basement Christmas tree.

The star ornaments however went on these branches in the basement. Which despite it’s simple clean MCM style image reminded me of why I am not solely a home decor blogger. Because what you don’t see behind this photo is a giant pile of toys. GIANT. Which I had to clear out of that area just to take this photo.

That credenza by the way, is my favourite thrift store find ever. $49. Not a typo. The jugs each cost me $6.99 also from thrift stores.

Branches in jugs - northstory

Cork ornaments on branches - northstory

This needs more decorations. That’s coming shortly.

Until then I have a date with a pile of felt.

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  • Reply
    December 4, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Dear fellow Alex. I 100% Agree with you! Blogging is a full time job! I am lucky if I have one post up a week. I think you’re doing a fabulous job, I have been following each Christmas Creation – loving it.

    Keep up the inspiration! 🙂

  • Reply
    December 4, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Most of my ornament making ventures have been major fails. I finally got something done yesterday and I swear it was a Christmas miracle. Later today I’m going to attempt clay ornaments.

  • Reply
    204 Park
    December 4, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    These are a great idea – I’d also use them as gift tags! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 xo, D -PS, loving your blogging every day!!

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