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Cork Embellished Thanksgiving Placeholders | November DIY Challenge

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Guys! This is incredible. For one thing, it’s almost beyond my comprehension that I’ve been doing this #DIYChallenge for a year. ONE WHOLE YEAR. Wanna see everything I’ve done? Just check out – January, February, April, May, June, July, August, September, October….

Now for today, the other thing that is incredible is our theme: Cork. Yep. The stuff that makes wine yummy, push pins purposeful and floors warm. Quelle broad topic, le. ( That was my attempt at franglais.)

Okay, so I was going to make these cute little cork pencil holders. But then I thought – BORING. Like BORING as all get out.

So I just went with it. My obsession lately has been creating intimate dinners for two. Some of you may know that I married VERY WELL 🙂 Dan is a master chef. He loves to cook and read recipes and food blogs and all of that. When he travels for work, I basically survive on popcorn, Kraft Dinner and peanut butter toast.

Lately, I have been feeling like I can pull my weight by at least creating a fun ambience in which we can enjoy Dan’s wonderful meals. Enter my new idea to create Cork Embellished Thanksgiving Placeholders.

I had some cool Scalloped Frog Tape and I really wanted to use it and I had just picked up a new Exacto knife at Michaels. I also had these little wooden boxes (that were going to be boring pencil holders) that I got on sale at the craft store for $2 each.Use Shape Tape to cut the cork

First thing I did was sand the little boxes and paint them with plain old white craft paint.

Then I cut some of my Frog Tape and used it as a guide to cut some scallops out of my cork. I got it on sale at Michael’s too. It was $8 for 4 12×12 sheets.

It was a bit finicky the make the cuts – but it didn’t take too long. Then I just hot glued them to the tops of my little painted boxes.Size your cork to fit your container

From here, I thought they needed a little something. So I added a festive gold stripe right at the bottom. It matches the gold rim on my ‘fancy’ dinner plates.

Some geometric push pins, a little mason jar plant, and a love note or name card 🙂 I have never really set a table before. I’m excited to try my hand at it and these little guys will make it much more fun!DIY Cork Embellished Place Card Holders

Push Pin Place Card HolderThere are so many ways you could use these – even pencil holders 😛 But I like them as place holders for now.

How to Make your own Cork Embellished Place Card Holders


How to Make your own Cork Embellished Place Card HoldersNow because this is a challenge – all these other bloggers also made fun stuff with Cork! So make sure to check them out and follow them too 🙂

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Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness

Friday 13th of November 2015

Oh how cute are these?! I miss being able to do a romantic dinner for two... sigh. But if we ever have the time, I'm so making these!

Nicole B.

Friday 13th of November 2015

Such a cute idea Erin!!! Perfect for the upcoming holiday season! And I <3 anything with a succulent added to it!!!! ;)


Thursday 12th of November 2015

These are so adorable! I love that you added the succulent in the top. And I'm totally with you - when I'm on my own I basically eat cereal for every meal. :P

Tara @ Anything & Everything

Thursday 12th of November 2015

These are adorable, Erin! Perfect centerpiece for a dinner for two! I also second what Amy said :)

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

Thursday 12th of November 2015

OH MY GOSH, so cute!!!

I was working with cork a few weeks ago and couldn't cut it without making it crumble. Kudos to you for a job well done!

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