What do you get when you add a mirror to the back of a wine cork wreath? A wine cork wreath mirror?? Not sure there is any better name to call this upcycle, but that is what I ended up with when I decided to update one of my mom’s favorite door hanging decorations.
She just loved this cork wreath, so as I have been going along purging, I had a decision to make on whether or not to get rid of the wreath. Heavy sigh… I couldn’t do it. It reminds me too much of her. But I couldn’t look at it the way it was anymore, either.
Especially with that raffia tail, which If I recall, I tied on to the wreath at some point in her last year or so, just to make her smile. Which she did, but that raffia tail just had to go.
The cork wreath is a beauty by itself, for sure! I still wanted to dazzle it a bit, and really make it a memory that reflects my mom.
I had an idea, and if I could make it work, the wreath would end up in our basement area, Lord permitted, we ever finish. And my dad (the beer connoisseur)… God love him, was coming along for the ride on this one.
This is my parents wedding photo from 1946.
They were engaged on Thursday and married on Saturday (or something close to that). End of story. Marriage lasted almost 60 years till death did part.
Simple dress, no huge party. I think they spent their honeymoon night at my grandparents house…is that TMI?
My dad was on leave and had to head right back to Georgia the very next day.
So I bought a cheapy frame with a glass insert. Removed the glass from the el cheapo frame.
Printed out the year of their wedding, 1946, with the abbreviated word “vint.” underneath. To mean vintage. In wine terms, that means the wine was mostly made from grapes grown and harvested in the same year.
I laid a piece of tracing paper under the printed paper, but on top of the glass.
Traced the wording out with a pencil onto the glass.
Colored the wording in with a Sharpie.
And then sprayed the backside of the glass with Looking glass mirror paint, in much the same fashion as I did for the Mercury Glass Birdfeeders.
After it was dry, I glued the glass piece to the back of the cork wreath with E6000; and then glued a piece of dark scrapbook paper onto the back of the glass.
Now the cork wreath is wine cork wreath mirror with a “very good year” in marriages stamped in the center, kind of like a barrel of wine.
I really like to have mementos of my parents around, but sometimes, you’ve looked at something for so long, that it looses its meaning, so this new update will add a whole new life to this keepsake.
How many bottles of wine do you think it takes to make a wine cork wreath mirror?
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