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Thanksgiving Turkey Wine Cork Craft Review!

I LOVE crafting with wine corks… and not that I need an excuse to drink wine LOL… but this is a good one! 

I did not come up with this ingenious idea…’Oregon Winette’ featured this craft on their blog in 2013… and I found it on Pinterest of course, LOL. The original idea on Pinterest featured the feathers made from pipe cleaners… which is cute… but I love actual feathers, so I decided to peruse the aisles of my local Michaels store for feathers that looked like they belonged on a turkey… and boy did I find some!

You will need the following items for this craft project:

  • 4 corks
  • 4 bamboo skewers
  • Glue Gun & Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • Wiggle Eyes
  • Orange Felt
  • Red Felt
  • and Feathers!

You will also need these items or a variation of these items, to achieve the look of my completed turkeys:

  • White Index Cards
  • Double-sided Tape & Packing Tape (not pictured)
  • Black Sharpie
  • Yellow Highlighter
  • Paint Brush
  • Orange Acrylic Paint
  • Washers (for weight, painted black, not pictured)

Step by Step Instructions :

    1. Put a skewer in the center of each cork. Takes a little bit of force & it should go  1/2″ to 3/4″ into the cork.
    2. Glue 2 eyes on each cork. I like when the eyes look crossed & goofy, I think they are more cute that way!
    3. Cut the orange triangle beaks & red wattles/ fleshy piece that dangles from the turkeys neck. I did this freehand & had to adjust the cuts slightly to look size appropriate on the cork. Then glue them on.
    4. Glue on the feathers! The feathers I found were a 360 degree flower shape… but the perfect tones & prints for this craft… so I just cut them in half to make it work! Some feathers fell off/ apart in the halving process… but it wasn’t anything my glue gun couldn’t fix!
    5. Create your Thanksgiving themed messages on the index cards. I cut them in half and stuck them together with the lined side not visible. Then I wrote my messages with black Sharpie & highlighted the text with yellow highlighter and taped them to the stick using the packing tape for durability.
    6. Glue the cork turkeys onto the painted washers, slightly off-center & to the back, so there’s room to paint the feet on.
    7. Paint the feet onto the washers using the orange paint and skinny paint brush. Just 3  lines slightly to the left & right of the center/beak. You may need to apply 2 to 3 coats to get the desired look.
    8. Display on your turkey day table… and get ready for the “OMG those are so adorable” compliments!!

    This was such a fun project I did with my mom… and pretty simple too! You could also make more or less & use as name cards for your guests & send them home with the cutie turkey as a party favor! I gave one to each family that attended our Thanksgiving gathering… to adorn their tables for years to come!

    The possibilities are endless when making these turkeys… just like I used real feathers, changing the look completely! 

    I am so thankful to the incredibly creative individual who originally came up with this idea… and the inventors of wine LOL!

    I give this craft project 4 paws!!

    Darby Smart To DIY For July 2015 Box Review


    My 6th Darby Smart “To DIY For” monthly kit is the July 2015 project, which is “DIY Floral Chandelier” and included the following:

    • (7) Glass Vials
    • Brass Hoop
    • Microfiber Suede
    • Jute Cording
    • E6000 Glue
    • SPECIAL EXTRA!!  “Hey Girl” Ryan Gosling zipper pouch —haha, LOVE this!

    I loved this months craft!!  I tied all the suede cords to the hoop, instead of gluing them like the instructions called for… because I thought it would be more secure that way and there was plenty of cord.  Otherwise, I followed the instructions step by step.  I did not use real flowers however, because of the maintenance and my lack of green thumb… for the flowers safety of course LOL.  I got this cluster of adorable flowers at Michael’s for only $5 and LOVE the result!

    I pay just $19 per month, but there are 6 month and 12 month options available as well.  If you love to craft and create… I highly suggest you visit DarbySmart.com and shop and/or sign up!

    I give this Darby Smart project 4 paws!

    Mail for the Mr. & Mrs. Wedding Mailbox Craft Project Review


    What is the most practical wedding gift when the bride and groom are in their 30’s, own a home and are already living in an established household?!… cards containing a monetary gift!  I wanted to come up with a creative way to house those wonderful gifts… so I decided to make this mailbox!  I saw variations of this project on pinterest, but I put my own creative spin on it.  For this project, I used the following:

    • Architectural black metal mailbox 20.8″L x 6.6″W x 8.8″H,  $27 from Lowes.com
    • White scrapbook sticker letters (I had these on hand)
    • Cardboard cut-out letters, silver with rhinestone detail (I had these on hand)
    • Rhinestone letter stickers (I had these on hand)
    • E6000 adhesive (I had this on hand, but I bought it at Michaels)

    This was a super simple project!  Because the mailbox already had the straight line embossments on it,… it was extremely easy to make sure the letters were applied in a straight line.  Most scrapbook letters are repositionable, if you don’t press down firmly on them.  So when making sure the letters are centered left to right, loosely position the sticker letters on the mailbox, adjust until centered and then press firmly on them to secure their position.  I secured the cardboard cut-out Mr and Mrs letters with E6000 adhesive.

    If your local Michaels or other craft store is anything like mine,… they have a whole aisle of sticker, rhinestone and cardboard cut-out letters to choose from, …so you can customize your mailbox to your wedding color scheme!

    I give this craft project 4 paws!