Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Recycled Wine cork Mouse ornament tutorial



This little mouse is quick and easy to create using only an 1/8” thick scrap of cork, a recycled champagne cork, and a little bit of yarn and wire.  He looks great on the tree or attached to a package or gift wine bottle. 

You will need:

Champagne cork

16 gauge wire (color of choice)

20 gauge red wire (Color of choice)

Needle nosed pliers

Wire cutters

Small awl or nail

Scrap of worsted weight yarn in desired color for scarf

Red Rat tail satin cord (optional)

Crochet hook (optional)

Black dimensional fabric paint

Black sharpie marker

X-acto or craft knife

Ruler

Tacky craft glue - Thick fast tack

Heavy cardboard to protect your work surface

Mouse ear pattern



1.     Download the mouse ear pattern and trace two ears onto 1/8” thick cork sheet scrap. Cut out using an X-acto or craft knife. Fit to the sides of the head to make sure it is fitting perfectly.  Trim to fit if necessary.




2.     Use a small awl or nail, make two holes in the bottom of the champagne cork.  Cut two three -inch pieces of 16 gauge wire with wire cutters. (Legs)  Dab a bit of tacky glue on the ends and insert into the holes you made in the bottom of the cork. 





3.     Use the needle nosed pliers to curl the ends. (See photo)



4.     To make the arms cut two 2-inch pieces of 16 gauge wire.  Use the awl as before to make two holes on the side of the cork, dab a bit of glue on the ends and insert into the sides of the body.  Use the needle nosed pliers to curl the ends. (See photo)



5.     Add some thick tacky glue to the ears and attach to the side of the head. Let the glue dry.(See photo)


6.     Make a hole with the awl or nail in the top of the head.  Cut a two-inch piece of 16-gauge wire, fold in half, add a dab of glue on the two ends and insert into the hole in the top of the head.  Adjust into a loop for hanging. 



7.     Make the scarf by making a chain with worsted weight yarn. My scarf was 21 chains long.  You can do this with a crochet hook or just use your fingers.  Glue this around his neck and cross it over in the front.  Let dry.  Note:  If you use a thick yarn you won’t need to chain.



8.     If you would like your mouse to have an optional tail cut a 4-inch piece of Rat tail satin cord.  Use the awl to make a hole in the back of the mouse, add glue to the cord and push in with the awl or nail.  Let the glue dry.


9.     To make his face add two dots of black dimensional fabric paint for the eyes and one for the nose.  Use a sharpie marker to draw on the whiskers.