Wine Cork Christmas Tree

Hello friends! I hope everyone had a happy and blessed Thanksgiving and that you all got more than your share of delicious food. I've had two Thanksgivings this year with a third one happening tonight so I've definitely had an abundance.

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, if your family is anything like mine, you're deep in the throws of Christmas decorating. Growing up, the weekend after Thanksgiving was always the time we brought all the decorations down from the attic and started decking the halls. It was also when we picked out our Chrismas tree. I've carried that over into adulthood but, I confess, it's tough for me to wait until after Thanksgiving. I LOVE Christmas. Such a magical time of year.

Being the avid DIYer that I am, I save wine corks from every bottle of wine we go through in this house. Because, at some point, I'll find a project for it, right? Ha! That makes it sound like I hoard wine corks. In reality, I usually have a project in mind before I have enough corks to make it happen and so I'm usually stuck going through more wine to get the supplies I need for my next project. What a tough life!

A few years back I made a wine cork pumpkin I found on Pinterest. It's an adorable little piece I love having out during the autumn months (get the how-to here). This got me thinking about doing something similar for the winter months with a Christmas tree. And that's how this little baby came to be.

This cork tree uses a mixture of wine and champagne corks. Add a wood base found at any local craft store plus some paint and a few jewels and it really comes together.

This is a pretty easy project. A lot of the time it takes is just allowing the paint and glue to dry but the amount of time you'll be working isn't that long. So, throw this piece together this weekend and add it to your Christmas decor 

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~ What You Need ~

22 wine corks
1 champagne cork
Small flat wood piece
Green paint
Yellow paint
Assorted colored jewels
Hot glue gun

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~ Directions ~

Step 1: Paint the corks

You only need to paint one side of the cork. Paint 21 of the corks with green.

You'll see my yellow corks is entirely yellow. I just happened to have a yellow cork on hand from a bottle of specialty Florida Wine. Since most of you won't have this, you'll need to paint your remaining cork with the yellow paint. Again, you can just paint one side.

Allow the paint to dry.

Step 2: Glue the corks

Using the hot glue gun, glue 6 of the green corks together in a line. Then, stack 5 more green corks on the top, gluing as you go and making sure the green side is pointed the same way. Repeat this process with a row of 4, a row of three, a row of two, and, finally, the top 1. You'll now have a triangle of green corks. Finally, glue the yellow cork on top of the top green cork. Allow the glue to dry completely.

Step 3: Attach the jewels

The jewels will act as your ornaments on the Christmas tree. Glue them on however you'd like in whatever pattern suits you until you feel you have enough. Allow to dry.

Step 4: Attach the base

Start by hot gluing the champagne cork to the wooden base. Allow to dry completely. Next, apply a generous amount of hot glue to the top of the champagne cork. Center the wine cork tree on top and hold in place until it is dry enough to be stable. Allow to dry completely.

And you're done! Enjoy your new adorable cork Christmas tree!