I love all the little wooden embellishments out there - but I am no carpenter, so recycling wood into embellishments would take me a century to complete. Though cork is another matter, easy to cut with a stanley/craft knife.
Through my local freecycle I recieved a few wine corks (as I dont drink very often). Firstly I sliced one up into 8 small round bits.
If you have not beading pins, you can stick a safety pin with some gaffa tape at the back.
This Easter cross and Christmas star did not go so well - so will most probably keep them for ideas for when children come round crafting.
I also made a cork button for my card embellishments - could thread fancy fibres or ribbon through it. I used my ancient zenith paper drill for the holes.
Making the love heart cork embellishments
Cut a little indent opposite to the corner
Round off the edges
This cork piece looked a bit cracked - but it was still useable.
I cut little "v" incisions all the way round - then coloured it in markers
There is still the crack at the bottom. So to strengthen it I used some sparkly nail varnish.
There are so many ideas that these little cork rounds would be good for -
-stamped alphabet elements,
-tiny christmas tree decorations,
-mini garland,thinking black & orange for halloween, yellow & green for Easter, red & gold for Christmas
Would really love to see your designs on recycling wine corks to small craft embellishments.