Father's Day Gift Ideas

Posted on June 16, 2010 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Looking for ways to celebrate Dad's special day? Look no further than your own home. What have you got squirreled away that would make a perfect gift. Making your own gifts not only saves you money, but it's sure to please Dad more than a store-bought gift. 

Here's one idea that Dad will love - wine label coasters. Easy enough for any little kid to make.

How to Make a Wine Label Coaster

Remove the labels from empty (and clean) wine bottles by soaking the bottles in warm water for a bit. Carefully peel off the labels, place between two sheets of blank paper and gently iron dry with your iron at a low setting. Once dry, glue the wine labels to cork matting you can buy at any hardware or builder's store. Cover with clear contact paper then neaten up the edges with scissors or an X-acto knife. Make several and wrap up in recycled gift wrapping. 

Now that's a corker - recycling wine corks

Posted on January 27, 2009 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

I bought some wine yesterday and was dismayed to find that the cork was actually a plastic stopper and I had a heck of a time getting it out. Why would wineries start using plastic when we all know how dangerous it is? Cork is a renewable resource and corks from wine bottles can be recycled in many ways.


I've made many things out of cork including this key ring. It even floats!

You can easily reuse corks to make this trivet for your kitchen counter. As you can see, you don't have to toss out your wine corks,