DIY: Wine Cork Reindeer

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By now I am sure everyone’s home (or in my case my apartment on campus) is already decorated for the holidays.  The Christmas tree is up with the ornaments strategically placed, the holiday lights outside are twinkling in the dark, the garland is sparkling from every corner of the wall, and so on.  Although, your holiday decorating might be complete for this season, I’m sure there is still a place in your home that needs a little more décor.  Or are you still searching for that perfect trinket to add to a gift?  Well there’s still time to get in touch with your crafty side this season.

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Say hello to my little friends!  My wine cork reindeer are not only fun to make but look great in any small place or placed with your favorite holiday decorations.  They also make a great gift.  Keep on scrolling to read the step-by-step guide on how to make these adorable holiday reindeer.

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Supplies:

  • Wine corks
  • Razor craft knife
  • Screwdriver
  • Twigs (some with forks)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Green or red pipe cleaners
  • Small red pom-poms
  • Jingle craft bells 

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Step 1:

Take one cork and carefully cut it in half.  I used a knife but I was super careful when cutting the cork because trouble could easily follow if you are not paying close attention.  If you have a razor craft knife use that.  Or if you have an easier and safer way to cut the cork go with that. 

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Step 2:

If you have not gathered your twigs yet, go outside and explore your surroundings.  I am sure you will find branches of all sizes.  Make sure to find branches with forks to be used for the antlers.

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When you gather all your twigs, start cutting your twigs so they are all the same size, about 2 inches long.  I found that the twigs on the thinner side work best because they are easier to cut and stick into the cork. 

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Step 3:

Take your regular sized cork and use a screwdriver, a nail, ice pick, or any object with a sharp tip, and punch four holes into the cork, two in the front, and two in the back.

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Stick the twigs into the holes as legs, thus constructing the body of your reindeer.  Once the four twigs are in, make sure your reindeer can securely stand up.  If your reindeer body needs to be adjusted try trimming the twigs.

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Before you move on to the next step, safely punch another hole on top of the body so we can use a twig to connect the reindeer’s body to its head.

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 Step 4:

Next, it is time to work on the reindeer’s head.  Using the half cork, punch a hole that is closer to the center so your reindeer head will stand at an angle.

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Now insert a twig into this hole and then connect it to the hole on the reindeer’s body.

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What’s a reindeer without antlers? Punch two holes on top of the reindeer’s head and then add two twigs (preferably twigs with forks). 

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Step 5:

Your reindeer is starting to look good, but it is time to add a little style to your reindeer.  Take a green or red colored pipe cleaner and cut a little piece and wrap it around the twig between the head and the body. This will act as the reindeer’s scarf.

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To let your reindeer jingle, I attached a jingle craft bell to the pipe cleaner using a hot glue gun.

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Finally, you can’t think of reindeer without thinking of Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer.  So I took a small red pom pom and a glue gun and applied the pom pom to the tip of the reindeer’s head.

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Now your reindeer is complete and ready to be showcased throughout your home.

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Next time you finish off a bottle of your favorite wine, make sure to save the cork, because a throw away piece like a wine cork can be transformed into a cute holiday decoration.  There is still time to get all the supplies you need and to sit down and craft while listening to your favorite holiday tunes.  But move fast because the countdown to Christmas is ON!  Only 19 more days!  Hope you all enjoyed this DIY post.  Let me know in the comments below what are some of your favorite holiday DIY’s.  Happy Holidays!

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Flannel Tuesday

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Usually the expression is “Flannel Friday”, but I could not wait until Friday to upload this style post. It seems like time is flying by.  Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday came and went and now the holiday season is in full force.  Although this is suppose to be a joyful time, for us college students it is such a stressful time filled with final papers and finals exams, but I am trying my best to plan some fun Holiday posts (suggestions are much appreciated).

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Today’s outfit features my favorite flannel, lots of layers, and booties, which is the recipe for a perfect fall/winter outfit.  My oversized flannel shirt from Madewell is the perfect piece to have in your wardrobe this season.  The perfect plaid pattern and the oversized fit makes this flannel the best for layering.

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Speaking of layering, we have now entered the season (well at least on the East Coast) where you can’t go outside just wearing your favorite blouse.  In order to prevent freezing your butt off, one must layer, and I mean lots of layering.  My shearling vest not only keeps me cozy and warm, but this vest from Apricot Lane earned major style points especially when paired with flannel.  If you are looking to invest in one good piece this season, I highly recommend a shearling vest.  You won’t regret it!

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As for denim, I stuck to my favorite pair of distressed boyfriend jeans from Madewell.  I’m all about the relaxed denim fit this season because sometimes skinny jeans can just be annoying and uncomfortable, who else agrees?

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You should see my bootie collection, it is forever growing, but I’m not complaining because I have so many amazing boots to style.  Today, I am wearing my light taupe suede booties from Material Girl.  Such a simple bootie that goes with pretty much any outfit.

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Finally for accessories, I am wearing a choker from Forever 21.  It’s the type of necklace that goes so well with flannel and my vest.  Plus, you can never go wrong with a choker.

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Although, as I write this post it’s pouring rain outside, the last couple of days have been super sunny.  It seems like when we set the clocks back, the sun gets lower and lower, so a pair of sunglasses, like my pair from Forever 21, is a must especially in the later afternoon.

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Now that Thanksgiving is in the past, it seems like everyone has switched from a pumpkin spice mood to all things peppermint.  Tis the season for holiday fashion, shopping, gift giving, decorating and spreading that holiday cheer.  Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are enjoying the start of the holiday season.  Talk to you all soon!

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Jeans: Madewell (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) |Flannel: Madewell  |Vest: Apricot Lane (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Material Girl (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Sunglasses: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

The “It” Denim

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While browsing one my favorite fashion blogs, Who What Wear, I stumbled across an interesting article about denim.  According to Who What Wear, on average, today’s woman owns seven pairs of jeans?  To an average person, 7 pairs of jeans sounds like a lot, but I’ll bet fashion bloggers and fashion lovers, like me can agree that we own more than 7 pairs of jeans.  I blame the changing trends each season.  Remember when skinny jeans were the huge trend, now it is all about flared jeans and relaxed fits.  Hence, why my denim collection has grown tremendously. In this style post, I’ll be showcasing one of my favorite pairs of jeans this season with a totally unique fit, blending the skinny, boot cut, and flared style.

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Meet the Cali Demi Boot by Madewell.  This fit features a high waisted design, for a lean and stylish look, as well as a mini-flare look at the bottom, to show off your favorite booties, heels, or flats.  For those who are not yet ready to abandon your skinny jeans and fully embrace the flared jean trend, the Cali Demi Boot is perfect for you because it has a slight flare, while keeping that skinny silhouette.  I love my pair of Cali Demi Boot jeans in this “off black” color (not a true black, but not as light as a gray).

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In my opinion, you can pair this “off black” shade with pretty much any color, but you can’t go wrong with a white blouse.  I chose to wear my white button up blouse with a beautiful, delicate embroidered detail by Fashion Mia.  Of course, I did my half tuck trick, to give more shape to this oversized blouse and highlight the jeans high waist.

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I felt my outfit was missing something so when in doubt a fringed vest will complete any outfit.  My suede vest is from Marshalls and the mossy green/gray color matches perfectly with the colors of the embroidered flowers on my blouse.

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When wearing these jeans, your shoe game has to be on point, so without a doubt I chose my booties from Charlotte Russe.  No one would ever guess that I got these booties for $6.  Gotta love a good shoe sale.

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Finally, what is an outfit without a choker?  Here I am wearing a simple choker from Forever 21.  If you are crazy obsessed with chokers, head over to Forever 21 to find endless amounts of inexpensive chokers.  A fashionista’s heaven!

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Denim is a huge staple in anyone’s wardrobe.  And now that there are more styles of jeans than ever, I find myself wanting more and more.  What are your thoughts on this season’s denim trends?  Where is the best place to find jeans?  What is your current “it” denim?  Continue the discussion below.  Love to hear from you all. See you next time!

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Jeans: Madewell | Blouse: Fashionmia  | Vest: Marshalls (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Charlotte Russe (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Forever (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

 Photos by Lauren Murphy (http://www.createdbylaur.com)