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diy project: brittni’s cork containers

by Grace Bonney


one of my favorite things about running d*s is hearing from readers who’ve made the projects we post, or who have been inspired to create something based on a past project. so i was happy to hear from brittni at papernstitch last week about a great project she did inspired by kate’s cork lamp tutorial from 2008. brittni decided to run with the theme and create some really beautiful cork vases and containers using inexpensive materials like cans and spray paint. i thought the finished result was so great i had to share them here. thanks so much to brittni for sharing her project with us! click here to check out the full post on brittni’s site.


CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump!

Cork Vase/Container How-To from PapernStitch

Materials: Soup/ Vegetable Cans, Spray paint (any color), roll of cork (you can find it at many local craft stores or order online here), heavy duty craft glue, scissors, ruler, extra pins or clothespins to clamp cork while drying

Steps:

1. Grab some cans (soup, vegetable, etc) from the recycling bin and make sure they are washed out thoroughly. Peel off labels and clean off an sticky areas. Allow to dry fully.

2. Spray paint the inside of each can, as well as the outside rim. This may take multiple coats. Let dry fully again.

3. Roll out your cork, and place the bottom of your can at the end of the roll. Mark off the width of the can with a pencil and use a ruler to create a long straight line. I recommend cutting the length twice as long as you need. Then you can wrap the cork around twice to make it thicker for sticking pins in, etc.

4. At the end of the cut roll of cork, run a thick bead of heavy duty craft glue. Attach to can and begin rolling, adding more glue as you go.

5. At the end of your roll, add another thick bead of glue and then pin or clamp down with clothespins until dry.

6. Once dry, you are ready to add flowers, pencils, plants, or anything you can dream up. If you are using your containers as vases, I would recommend putting a glass that is slightly smaller inside the container to avoid leaks.

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