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A DIY Cork Vase; Happy Valentine's Day!

A DIY Cork Vase; Happy Valentine's Day!

I am currently listening to “Cheek to Cheek” by Ella and Louie, I’ve got a pretty mug sitting next to a fresh vase of flowers, it’s early Saturday morning, there’s bacon in the oven – releasing a fragrance that I can only describe as sinfully delicious - and Valentine’s Day is just a few days away! You can just color me happy!

Now, I know that Valentine’s Day can be a sore subject for many. Whether it reminds or represents missed loved ones, deployed significant others, another unwelcome day of singleness, a broken heart, or perhaps the death of a loved one. I don’t want to exclude you or take away from the pain that is all too real, for not just you now, but for many year-round.

But I do want to say that this month, highlighting love and all things heart-shaped, is a reminder to be thankful for those around us and to simply shower them with a little extra love!

Plus, any reason to celebrate, have a nicer than usual dinner, eat a little more chocolate, spring for those flowers that have been relatively absent in the recent months passed, and to send a sweet note reminding others of the love you have for them, is always something worth embracing. Love should be expressed always, especially since tomorrow is not promised. However, in the hectic-ness of life, making a little extra effort to express our love for those around us, all too often gets overlooked.

That’s why I love Valentine’s Day, it’s a post-holiday season, pre-rest-of-year-rhythm, reminder to love love; no matter how, or with whom, you celebrate!

This year in particular, I want to express my love for you, my beloved readers, by sharing a simple, time conscious, and pocket-savvy craft! This Cork Vase can be used and gifted, not just this holiday, but any day thereafter!

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What’s so satisfying about this Cork Vase is that it gives you something to finally do with those corks you’ve been saving, because you know better than to throw them away if you’ve ever scrolled through your Pinterest feed for at least two minutes. This home-made vase is great for those beautiful flowers you might be receiving later this week, or for those beautiful flowers you might be giving later this week! It’s perfect for your significant other, your best gals, your mom, or any family member for that matter! It’s the wine lovers perfectly personalized vase that can adorn any table, shelf, or mantle year-round! #Win. Not to mention, the neutral color of cork goes well with any décor. Need I say more?

Okay, I will. Vases are for flowers, and flowers are for brightening up a room, lifting a hurting or happy heart, bringing a smile to any one's face, and the aroma is quite pleasing! And let's just add that home-made gifts have a very special place in everyone's heart.

In case I haven’t sold you yet, it cost me less than $10 to make! Woo! (Not including the cost of the corks since my in-laws had quite the collection from over the years.)

I used the vase on the right. Dimensions are 6” in height x 4” x 3.5”.

I used the vase on the right. Dimensions are 6” in height x 4” x 3.5”.

Materials needed: Links included!

-Square or Rectangular Vase. Get this from any thrift store, or your local craft store. I got this one from Michael’s for $5.49 and with the 40% off coupon always available on their mobile site, it was under $4!

-Corks (about 70-100 depending on the size of the vase.) I used a total of 68. You can buy corks from any craft store, but they won’t have those favored labels or wine stains for personalization and character. So, drink up, save up, ask around, or buy the these from Amazon!

-E600 Industrial Strength Adhesive. Or any extra strength adhesive. Find yours here!

Well, let’s get started! We only have a few more days people!

Step 1: Sift through your corks and separate vertical labels from horizontal. If you bought plain corks from the craft store, skip this step. Also, if you don't have OCD, you too are excused from this step.

Step 2: Start gluing! Add a sufficient amount of glue to each cork and hold in place against the glass for a few seconds.

Step 3: Take breaks to allow the corks on each side to dry. This will keep them from sliding around when you switch to a new side.

Step 4: After all edges are dry, lie the vase on its side again and add glue to the vertical corks and stick them on the two same-side corners. Allow vertical corks to dry and repeat with the opposite side.

Step 5: Cut and place some pretty flowers inside, take some pictures, post them, and send them to me!

Easy-peasy! And remember that Valentine's Day is the annual reminder to love on those who need it the most. (Psst! That's everyone!)

How will you be spending Valentine's Day? Comment Below!

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