My friend Robyn is always up for some extracurricular fun so I knew she was the perfect person to call for a spontaneous crafting session. Since this was a spur-of-the-moment 'girls night out,' there was no time to shop for supplies. We put the babes to bed and took inventory of what supplies we had on hand, at home -- it forced us to get creative!
I had pumpkins to paint for my upcoming Spooktacular Soiree but Robyn needed some crafty inspiration. I asked her...What did she have hanging around? What would be a good thing to repurpose into something useful? How could she create a memory? She answered...What about the pile of wine corks hanging around the house?
Enter Pinterest and the key words "wine cork diy." We were stunned by the abundance of cool and corky ideas to choose from. The winning concept: A Vase.
For the most part you really just need wine corks and glue for this project. We didn't have a hot glue gun on hand and Elmers washable glue wasn't doing the trick so after a bit of trial and error, so we settled on Wood Glue. It worked out great!
A few optional items you can bring into the mix -- a piece of pressed cork for the base, and a small glass vase to build your corks around. I say these itms are optional because you only need them if you want to put real flowers with water in the vase. It's your creative call. We did end up finding a small vase among my stash of vintage doo-dads and Robyn built around that.
Robyn had over 100 corks (!) and ended up using half of them. As you gather the corks, keep an eye out for an wonky ones. It's best to go with corks that haven't warped. This project takes patience and steady hands so open up a new bottle of wine, for the sake of your artistic endeavor of course, and get to work mixing and matching memories!
As you walk down memory lane and pick our your favorite wine corks from the bunch, you will undoubtly be reminded of when you drank what; the $6 bottles vs $20 bottles, pre-baby and post-baby nights out. Not only is this an art project, it's fodder for great conversation...
Getting to know new moms can be difficult, especially when babies are always on the brain. You have to really work at finding meaningful commonalities other than "we are both moms, wanna hang out?" Activities without Shep remind me I need to continue to make new Allegra-as-Allegra-memories-not-just-Allegra-as-a-mom-memories.
I am obsessed with making sure Shep is making the most of his days...staying busy and inspired. But what about me? This 'corky' night was a just what I needed. Robyn and laughed and gossiped like old friends and crafted like pros, of course. And the bottle we shared that night...of course the cork was added to the vase.