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Monday, May 21, 2012

Cork Vases - Check!

I checked off one of my upcycled projects from my list today!  Aren't they cute?


I've seen pictures of these floating around on the web somewhere and I've been wanting to give it a try.  In fact, I've had the air plants kicking around the house for almost a month.  It's so much harder to get stuff done when you have to go to work!  Anyway, I'm no expert but here's how I did it.


Pull together your supplies:
- Cork
- Air Plant
- Magnet
- Hot glue gun
- Small Craft Knife

You'll need to make two adjustments to the cork with your craft knife.  First you'll slice a piece of the cork off to give you a flat surface to glue your magnet to.  You can shave off the top or bottom depending on the orientation of your finished vase and the size of your plant.  That really big plant in the center of the first picture requires the magnet to be on the bottom...unless you want to display your plant upside down.


Then you'll need to carve out a hole in the top, just big enough to snuggly fit the root/stem of the air plant into it.  Don't be tempted to use a drill here.  It'll work but it's very likely that you'll drill through a finger...yeah, I tried and it was pretty scarey!

Then you just need to hot glue your magnet on the back and stuff the stem and any roots into the hole, hang and viola!  Can't wait to hang them in my cubicle window (yes, my cube has a window) when I return to work next week.

A good dunk once a week and my plants should stay looking fresh.

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