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Jan222013

more uses for all of those little champagne corks...

I've been amassing a disturbing amount of champagne corks lately. Its partly because I either had to give up beer or buy all new clothing (even my shoes didn't fit after the holidays finally wound down) and partly because we have had a few celebratory parties this year (book party, TC's 40th birthday, New Years Eve) and seemed suddenly to have little piles of the things hanging around. They had such a mushroom shape that I enlisted Annabel and Ruby and Antonia to help me turn them into mushrooms with the help of that marvelous craft paint from Martha (apparently you can paint on ceramic plates with them, which is on my list of must do's), and was planning to turn them into a little garland, until I realized that with some cute little flags (made from thin nails, washi tape, and a fine tip marker) they made perfect little placecards. The nails even slide in and out easily, so you can make new name flags for new guests, and store them all in a fat little jar, perhaps on top of your pink fridge (which, fyi, does not work very well, but makes my kitchen feel happy, so it's not going anywhere.). They work especially well with these plates from Anthro, which were my xmas gift from TC.

And did you know that the amanita muscaria mushroom has a yellow colored cousin? I must remember to give them proper air time with my next batch...

 

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Reader Comments (4)

LOVE those little mushrooms..... now i just need a supply of corks - hmnn i may need to find some sparkling delishiousness soon ;o)
thank you for sharing
i might have to make christmas decorations out of mine ;o)

February 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLucy

Ha, I've done the same thing with Champagne corks. Never thought to use them as placecards though, what a brilliant idea!

February 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

Ha, yes i did this years ago with my corks. i use them as ornaments. as an artist, sometimes you get tired of painting just on canvas and paper ;)

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjoanna nelson

Great idea! I did the same for my son's birthday. The theme was Mario Bros, so I painted corks like 1ups and the red ones. After the party, I glued magnets under them and now, I use them on my board at school . The kids love them! I'll make new ones for place cards.

March 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterManon

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