Back-to-School time is the perfect time to create an Upcycled DIY Wine Cork Apple for Teacher. These were actually so quick and easy that I made three in different sizes. Add a gift card and it makes the perfect welcome back-to-school gift for your new teacher. I am sharing today as part of the Team Creative Crafts Back-to-School Crafts Edition, so stop back by on Saturday to see all of the creative inspiration!
Upcycled Wine Cork Apple for Teacher
This week I am co-hosting Team Creative Crafts Back-to-School Crafts Edition with my crafty friends Laura from Laura Kelly Designs, and Lindsay from Artsy-Fartsy Mama. We are featuring ALL the fabulously colorful and cute craft projects from some of the most talented designers we know. Check out my tutorial, then scroll down to see all the creativity, AND stop back on Saturday to see what everyone has created!
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Here's what you need to make a Back-to-School Apple Gift for Teachers:
- Recycled Wine Corks
- Americana Acrylic Craft Paint by DecoArt – Santa Red
- Basecoat Brush Set – Americana by DecoArt
- Kunin Classic Felt Craft Cuts 9″ x 12″ – Olive Green, Kelly Green, Pirate Green
- Assorted Ribbon Scraps – Greens, Blacks
- Twig – From the Yard
- Glue Gun and Glue Sticks – Dollar Tree
- Scissors – I love my Fiskars!
- Wire Cutters
- DIY WINE CORK APPLE PATTERNS download below ⇓
How to create an Apple from Recycled Wine Corks:
To begin the Upcycled DIY Wine Cork Apple, gather all supplies. I LOVE wine cork crafts, but I am not a fan of wine, so I found a bag full of 250 recycled wine corks on Amazon for under $20 – SCORE! They are real wine corks and now I have enough for a TON of fun wine cork crafts!
For the smallest apple, attach two corks, three corks, and two corks with a glue gun and glue sticks. Glue the corks together in rows. Stack and secure two corks on the bottom, three corks in the middle, and two corks on the top with a glue gun.
For the medium apple, attach two corks, three corks, three corks, and two corks with a glue gun and glue sticks. Glue the corks together in rows. Stack and secure two corks on the bottom, three corks on the second row, three corks on the third row, and two corks on the top.
For the largest apple, attach three corks, four corks, five corks, four corks, and three corks with a glue gun and glue sticks. Glue the corks together in rows. Stack and secure three corks on the bottom, four corks on the second row, five corks on the third row, four corks on the fourth row, and three corks on the top row.
Here is how each of the wine cork apples looks once assembled. If using liquid craft glue hold corks together with a rubber band during the drying process. I have created a Wine Cork Apple Pattern Sheet that can be downloaded below ⇓
Paint the ends of each cork apple with Santa Red Americana acrylic craft paint using a flat paintbrush. You could also paint the side and back of the corks, but I like leaving them natural, so you can see the character of the recycled wine corks. When working on small spaces to paint, remove the lid, and use the remaining paint for zero waste. I love using Americana Acrylics from DecoArt because they have excellent one-coat coverage on most surfaces.
Gather a tree branch or twig from the yard. Cut one-inch to two-inch sections with a pair of wire cutters. Attach a stem to the top center of each cork apple with a glue gun and glue sticks. You could also use a section of wooden dowel for the stems.
Tie a variety of green and black ribbons into small, medium, and large bows. I love to use up scraps for these types of craft projects. Attach the ribbon bows to the Wine Cork Apples with a glue gun and glue sticks.
To finish the Upcycled DIY Wine Cork Apple, cut out leaf shapes with scissors, pinking shears, and scallop shears from different shades of Olive Green, Dark Green, and Pirate Green Kunin Classic Felt Craft Cuts. You can also use scraps of green fabric or paper. Apply a dot of glue at the tip of each leaf and fold it in half. This creates dimension. Attach to the side of the apple stem with a glue gun and glue sticks. I love how the pinking shears give the leaves a fun and whimsical look.
Upcycled DIY Wine Cork Apple for Teacher
Put those recycled wine corks to good use in your home décor, creating a trio of apples in a variety of sizes. These cuties go together in just about 30 minutes with limited supplies. Quick and easy to make for family, friends, co-workers, or especially the kids’ teachers. Your family and friends will never know how quick and easy this trendy Recycled Wine Cork Apple Trio was to create! Perfect for back-to-school decor or a tiered tray display.
Now it’s time for some INSPIRATION!
Below are more projects created by some of my craftiest designer friends. We are participating in the Team Creative Crafts Back-to-School Crafts Edition. Scroll down to see all the goodness. Stop back by Saturday for all the super cool projects!
Awesome Back-to-School Craft Inspiration from Team Creative Crafts
I am totally blown away by the fabulous variety of projects that the team created this month. We told everyone “Back to School Crafts, Anything Goes” and we have not been disappointed! And look at all the FABULOUS projects!
Inspiring Back-to-School Crafts
Beth of Creatively Beth (THAT'S ME!) is sharing an Upcycle Wine Cork Apple that would make the cutest back-to-school gift for that special teacher.
Create a sweet gift for your new teacher with a fun set of Back-to-School Themed Bracelets that you can make in about an hour. Lindsay of Artsy Fartsy Mama shows you how.
Greet your new teachers with a Free Printable Pencil Card created by Liz from Liz on Call. Tuck a gift card inside!
Heather from Homemade Heather is creating sweet treats for Back-to-School with yummy Sugar Cookies and free printable gift tags.
Create colorful Paint Pour Notebooks with this fantastic step-by-step tutorial created by Blanca of Creativities Galore.
Candice of She’s Crafty Crafty is showing her team spirit with a colorful set of Back-to-School Felt Flags. A great way to learn your ABC’s and 123’s.
Learn how to make Back-to-School Stickers with your Cricut cutting machine. Michelle of Michelle’s Party Plan-it is sharing a complete tutorial.
Jane from DIY by Jane is sharing a set of Upcrafted Book Journals. Take the covers from your favorite books and create the cutest notebooks.
Make those first day photos the cutest with Back-to-School SVG Cut Files that can be made into shirts. Diana from The Girl Creative is sharing the free files.
Laura of Me and My INKlings has created an Upcycled Book Apple, the perfect back-to-school gift for your favorite teacher.