Posts tagged: Thanksgiving

Giving Thanks – Monthly Unplugged Project

By , November 20, 2010 12:42 pm

I have been so busy sorting and de-junking my house, that I have had little time to blog and my Monthly Unplugged Project has fallen a bit by the wayside.

Even though we are already halfway through November, here is a theme that we can perhaps do before the end of November since, in the United States, the Thanksgiving Holiday is coming up next week and many of us are already thinking about how to give thanks.

How do you give thanks? Do you have projects, artwork, crafts that fit the theme of giving thanks?

Join in and have fun! If you have never joined us before, please consider it. You can read more about how it works here.

I’ll start it off with a link to a “thankful” project that we invented and enjoyed.

(Please only link to “giving thanks”-related projects. I will have to remove unrelated links, no matter how nice your website.)


Thankful – Wine Cork Necklaces (Weekly Unplugged Project)

By , November 24, 2008 8:36 am

We did a fun thankful project last Thanksgiving for our Unplugged Project, but I felt we needed to find something different for this year’s thankful theme.

For a while now I have also been collecting wine corks to use for a craft.  I thought about this all week, and a miraculous inspiration came to me (for which I am thankful).  Thankful Necklaces!

Here’s what you’ll need:  wine corks, scissors, newspapers and magazines, white glue and/or Modge Podge, plus a necklace cord (yarn, string, ribbon, chain or leather perhaps?).  You’ll also need to make a hole all the way through the corks, we used a drill.

First drill a hole all the way through the corks.  The hole should be near the top of the cork:

Next comes the fun part.  Sit down with old newspapers and magazines and cut out words and small images that represent what you are thankful for.  Make sure they are small, because they’ll need to fit on the cork.

Once you have all your cutouts, use a small paint brush to paint white glue onto the back of each word or picture and stick it on the cork.  Keep in mind that there is not much room on a cork so you should start with the larger items and fit the smaller ones on top if necessary.

Don’t worry about covering the hole.  My daughter left hers uncovered but I covered mine and later poked a skewer through to open it.  If you do cover the holes though, be careful not to put anything too important over the top or it will be messed up when you open the hole later. (You could probably also drill the hole at the end after the decoupage is done and dry).

When you are done with the gluing and are satisfied with the result, cover the entire cork with watered down white glue or Modge Podge using your paintbrush.  It will take a few coats to become nice and shiny and hard.

Once the cork bead is completely dry, open the hole with a skewer if you covered it up with decoupage.

String the necklace cord through the bead and voila!  You have a thankful necklace!

This would be pretty and unusual combined with other beads.  Or how about some funky earrings?

You don’t have to stick with thankful as a theme either.  You could try colors, patterns, animals, anything!

I think I’ll make more of these.  They were so fun and the creative possibilities seem truly limitless. Plus, I really like how they turned out!


Did you do the thankful Unplugged Project with us this week? If so, then please link to your project post (not just your blog) in Mr. Linky below. If not, but you think this sounds fun, then read more about how to join in the weekly Unplugged Projects here. We’d love to have you!


Next week’s Unplugged Project theme will be:


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