DIY Decorative Initial Made From Wine Corks

I started saving wine corks years ago because I knew I could always find something to make out of them. Eventually friends started saving them as well and every once in a while one of these friends will send me a special delivery in the form of a big bag of corks. Ah, it’s always nice to have friends who drink a lot of wine, huh?

So…there’s never a shortage of wine corks around here.

One of the projects I had floating around in my head to make with these corks was a decorative initial to hang in our kitchen near where we keep our wine.

So that’s what I did.

Here’s what you’ll need to make one of these yourself.

SUPPLIES

Corks
Glue
All purpose pins
Ribbon
(Optional) Letter template

DIRECTIONS

Step One: Gather corks and arrange in whatever shape letter you’ve chosen.

I used a letter template I cut out of an old piece of poster board so I could place the corks in the exact shape I wanted. If you’re good at eye-balling and don’t need a template, go ahead without one.

Step Two: Hopefully some of your corks will have different colors on the tops from the various wine in the bottles they came from. Some of my corks came from white wine bottles and some came from red wine bottles, so I have a range of plain corks and corks with red or pink tops. Maybe all of your corks will be in shades or red and pink or maybe yours will be a combo like mine. But whatever colored corks you have, arrange them in a pattern that appeals to you.

For mine, since I only had a few dark red ones, I made sure they were spaced evenly throughout the letter so there was more of an even look.

Step Three: Once you have your corks arranged how you want, now it’s time to start gluing them together. Use whatever kind of glue you like and simply glue the sides of the corks together starting from one side through to the end. In order to keep the corks closely together, I used All-Purpose pins to keep the corks together as the glue sealed.

Step Four: (Optional) Once your corks are glued together and you’ve let it dry completely, wrap and glue a complimentary ribbon around the bottom base of your corks to give it an accented look.

Step Five: After the ribbon trim dries, use another complimentary ribbon to tie the letter and hang it. Or simply prop it up against a wall.

And there it is…I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. The Hubby is too!

Cut project, huh? Are you going to give it a try?

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A Beautiful Handmade & Sweetly Sentimental Blue, Purple & Yellow Wedding at The Mill at Fine Creek

Teryn and Matt’s wedding, held at The Mill at Fine Creek and photographed by Rebekah Hoyt Photography, was beautiful from start to finish. From the venue itself to the gorgeous floral arrangements, to the hundreds of thrifted glass bottles carefully placed on each table, Teryn put a lot of love into making their wedding day as beautiful as she could. And it definitely showed!

In addition to the wedding details, Teryn provided handmade necklaces to each of the bridesmaids, a monogramed tie clip was given to her husband-to-be, and even details like her garter and the flower girl’s headband were all handmade finds from Etsy. Teryn and Matt went traditional and opted not to see each other before the ceremony. Instead they met up from behind a stone wall to hold hands and pray together before Teryn walked down the aisle. And oh boy…the moment Matt laid eyes on his soon-to-be bride, he couldn’t stop crying. It was so beautiful…a moment everyone continued to smile and talk about throughout the night!

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Photographer: Rebekah Hoyt Photography

Hair Stylist: Ahead of Hair

Caterer: The Mill at Fine Creek

Floral Designer: Coleman Brothers

Reception Venue: The Mill at Fine Creek

Dress Store: Williamsburg Bridal

Cake Designer: The Buttercream Bee

DJ: Sean Johnson

Bridesmaid Dresses: The Dessy Group*

Bakery: Carytown Cupcakes

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Now Accepting Wedding Films + A Call For Submissions From My Home Country of Iceland

As a business owner and purveyor of all things pretty, crafty and stylish, I’m always looking for new ways to provide the best experience for you when you come to visit Fab You Bliss. That’s my job. And even though I take it quite seriously, I always want you to be happy and have fun with what you find here. And what’s more fun than seeing some great short films every now and then, right?

Yep, I’ve been toying with the idea of bringing you more wedding films for a while, I just haven’t gotten around to getting the site ready and putting the word out…until now. So I’m really excited to finally announce that FYB is now accepting wedding, engagement and inspiration shoot films with or without accompanying images!

So…if you’re a film or videographer and you’d like your work to be featured here, please contact me at stephanie@fabyoubliss.com with your submission.

Also…this is a bit more personal but it does tie in with the blog so bare with me. I am Icelandic. Not full, but a good portion of the family on my mother’s side is from Iceland. So much so that we are probably related to most of the country that still lives there. In fact, I’ve been told that when I have the opportunity to visit, I don’t need to worry about lodging as we have family all over the island who would be delighted to host us for our stay.

Pretty neat, huh?

So how does this tie into the blog you may ask? Well, after some searching around, I realized I haven’t seen too many weddings from my home land or even other Nordic countries. Why? I’m not sure, but I’d like to change that.

So…in addition to now accepting wedding and wedding related films, I’m also putting a call out for Nordic and Scandinavian weddings, engagement sessions, and inspiration shoots as well. My preference is to feature weddings and shoots from Iceland of course, but I’m open to ones from Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden as well. Also, I would love to feature events from the actual countries, but if you have a wedding held here in the United States or elsewhere where the theme is Nordic or Scandinavian in nature…I’m definitely still interested in seeing it!

Of course I’ll still be featuring all kinds of weddings as I have been since the start of Fab You Bliss. I’m just adding a special call-out to hopefully start featuring weddings from where I come from.

1. Pretty Chic Blog , 2. Nordica Wedding Photography via Style Me Pretty, 3. Unknown Source , 4. Cake Central 5. Icelandic Horse on the Run by Dave Wright 6. Kyle Hale via Pretty Chic Blog 7. & 8. Rowell Photography, 9. Iceland Wedding Photo Bragi Thor Professional Photographer

What do you think? Fun stuff, huh?

And to get you in the mood for all the beauty that is Iceland, here’s a great “Come visit Iceland” film you shouldn’t miss.

So turn up the volume, sit back and get ready to smile. We Icelanders are a silly bunch…

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A Twin Willows Forest Wedding with a Shower of Rose Petals

Danielle and Ryan met through an online dating site. How neat is that? Love always finds it’s way, right? Lucky for Danielle and Ryan it did for them as the two could not be more compatible!

Their wedding was beautiful, genuine and full of whimsical fun. It was held in the forest on a hot summer day, the perfect place to take a break from the heat of the mid day sun. And while the guests enjoyed the shade of the trees as they exchanged their marriage vows, Danielle and Ryan surprised them all with four rose petal canons that went off just as they were announced husband and wife. And what a fun surprise it was!

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Photographer: Kaylee Eylander Photography

Caterer: M.O.M.S Fine Foods

Floral Designer: Flowers by Tiffany

Dress Store: From the Gown Up

Dress Designer: Allure Bridals

DJ: Taylor Sound

Equipment Rentals: Stellar Event Rentals

Event Venue: Twin Willows

DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Bosheree Family Signs, Waterfall Designs, Michaels Floral and Crafts

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“Burning Love” Firehouse Wedding Inspiration Shoot

Today’s inspiration shoot was designed around a charming refurbished firehouse located in Newberry, SC. Constructed in the late 1800’s and expanded during the Great Depression to house the city’s fire, police, dispatch and jail, the Newberry Firehouse Conference Center offers 21st Century amenities with the flavor of days gone by.

Today’s featured couple are Megan and Matt Cook, married four years ago, but you’ll see their ‘spark’ for each other is still going strong. This lead the team to refer to the shoot as “Burning Love”. Complimenting the venue’s charm and history, they went for a very classic American theme of red, white and blue. Custom printed invitations, menu cards and the candy bar, (notice the hot tamales), added a bit of whimsy and the vivid colors used in the table décor were amazing. The styles worn by Megan and Matt were in keeping with the classic modern theme. Don’t you just love the ruffle detail on her Casablanca gown? And to top everything off, the local police chief allowed use of a 1912 fire truck for the bride and groom getaway pictures! There was a whole crew of amazing professionals who helped put together this fantastic shoot. Their credits and contact information are listed at the bottom of the post. Enjoy!

Photographer: Gregg Martin Photography

Event Designer: Help Me Plan, Brodiefoto

Floral Designer: Weddings by Woolbrights

Invitation Designer: Purple Ink Custom Designs

Dress Store: Evelyn’s Bridal

Lighting: Big Time Entertainment

Linens and Coverings: Celebrations

Jewelry: Carolina Fine Jewelry

Tuxedo and Mens Attire: The Black Tie

Wedding Cake: Michelle’s Cake Scapes

Cake Pops: My Dessert Bar

Event Venue: Newberry Firehouse Conference Center

Other: Wedding 101 {Columbia, SC}

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A Dreamy Grecian Inspiration Shoot Featuring Dresses by Deborah Lindquist

If you saw yesterday’s post, you’ll know I featured fabulous photographer Mariel Hannah yesterday too. And why not with the beautiful work she produces, right? Today’s fashion inspired shoot was put together around dresses designed by Deborah Lindquist, an amazing designer who has been featured in countless magazines such as People, Vogue, Brides and much more. There’s also a film from Timeless Motion at the end of the post which shows a little behind the scenes of the shoot. It’s a fun film. But what I like best is you can see the the movement of the dresses. They would make a perfect bridal gown or bridesmaids dresses for sure!

Also, here’s a film of the shoot captured and put together by Timeless Mostion

Photographer: Mariel Hannah Photography

Dress Maker: Deborah Lindquist

Videographer: Timeless Motion

Submission: Direct

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