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So many corks, so little time

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I have asked my friends and relatives to save the corks from their wine bottles over the holidays and then hand them over to me so i can take over some DIY projects at home. I was feeling creative today and took out the collected corks to create a heart shaped bulletin board when i decided that i want a BIGGER heart and MORE CORKS! Either way, i went online and started researching what other fun things you can create with the top of the bottle stuffer and came upon this AMAZING cork artist, Scott Gundersen, who creates portraits using hundreds and thousands of corks. He is unbelievably talented and i want to share his talent with you (his work above). You can follow him on twitter: @scottgundersen, or visit his tumblr website: http://scottgundersen.tumblr.com/

Let me tell you a little bit about this raw, eco-friendly, and environmentally sustainable material that has the potential to help our world from being destroyed by non-recyclable materials, such as plastic. By creating DIY cork projects, you can visually spread the word that great products can be made with ecological materials, like cork.

Help break the MYTH that says “cork is not environmentally friendly”, cork IS environmentally friendly: every nine years, cork is taken from the skin that surrounds the core of the tree, leaving the tree unharmed and in good health following the extraction of the cork; therefore, cork is undoubtedly an environmentally sustainable material because its renewal is easily accomplished by Nature.

Portugal, France, Spain, and Italy are home to this indigenous tree. Cork is impermeable, buoyant material.That means that it does not allow liquid to pass through it, nor will the cork absorb liquid. For this reason, you can make cute bathroom mats like this one below, and more ….

This is what a DIY i am working on right now, just waiting for more corks to come in :)

This is what a DIY i am working on right now, just waiting for more corks to come in 🙂

invite them over to sing in your backyard

invite them over to sing in your backyard

a statement piece for a hallway or large room - the print on the corks add an artistic touch!

a statement piece for a hallway or large room – the print on the corks add an artistic touch!

kids bored? husband out with the car?

kids bored? husband out with the car?

save your money and DIY!!

save your money and DIY!!

i can never have enough magnets..

i can never have enough magnets..

forgetful?

forgetful?

Fridge Magnets - cactus' dont need much water!

Fridge Magnets – cactus’ dont need much water!

we even got something for Christmas!

we even got something for Christmas!

candles for every occasion

candles for every occasion

why not?

why not?

this would look wonderful in a bathroom painted soothing shades of oyster and cream

this would look wonderful in a bathroom painted soothing shades of oyster and cream

for a childs bedroom, seating planners, or a great loot bag present!

for a childs bedroom, seating planners, or a great loot bag present!

for every parent with teenage kids in the basement

for every parent with teenage kids in the basement

how SMART, & it could be a bulletin board at the same time!

how SMART, & it could be a bulletin board at the same time!

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