DIY Easter Wine Cork Carrots
Upcycle your wine corks into adorable carrots
Because we all need another excuse to drink wine, these Spring carrots are the perfect, unexpected, decorations for your Easter adornment. I had left over corks that were dyed orange from my fall cork wreath. I just happen to stumble upon the box while searching for something else; doesn’t that always happen? When I saw them, I immediately knew these had to be turned into carrots, I just didn’t know how I was going to do that. I searched all over the internet for inspiration to make the leaves, but nothing grabbed my attention or had that “farm house” feel. I didn’t want these to turn out cartoonish or cheap looking, I wanted a more rustic look that would compliment the rest of my Spring decor. Paper, paper, more paper. That’s all I could find until the simplest idea came to mind, TWINE! I played with a few different variations until this one happened and I’m so in love with the way they turned out. You can either place these in decorated wine bottles, use them on your place settings for dinner, or have them growing in a planter of coffee beans like I have shown here.
Orange RIT Dye
Step One: Dye Your Wine Corks
1. Fill a large bucket up with warm water (preferably 3 gallons if you’re dying a large batch), add 1 cup vinegar, one bottle of orange RIT Dye
2. Add corks to bucket
3. Keep an eye on the color and let sit until desired color is achieved.
4. Spoon the corks out once they are ready and let dry
I dyed my corks last year, but I believe I let them sit for a few hours. Keep checking and stirring them until you reach the desired color. The longer they sit, the brighter the color will be.
Step Two: Create Twine Leaves
1. Cut a long enough piece of twine, 8-10″ depending on how long and how many leaves
2. Make three loops (or your choosing)
3. Tie them together as shown
4. Cut the bottom ends
This part is really up to you on how many loops and how long. Make sure you tie them together so that when you cut the ends it won’t unravel and so that you have a flat base.
Step Three: Glue Leaves to Cork
1. Place a dot of hot glue in the center of the cork top and place leaves to glue
2. Cut another piece of twine that will wrap around the top
3. Place a small amount of glue on top and start wrapping the twine in a circular direction until entire top is covered as shown
Plant Your Carrots For Spring
Everyone will enjoy these wonderful Spring time carrots that will last all season.