In case you’re new to reading my site, you might not know that I have a full time job in event production. It is 100% my dream job and I am so lucky to have a challenging but rewarding career so young in my life. One of the main aspects of my job is continually exploring new design inspiration to use at events. Florals, lighting, fonts, and DIY (Do It Yourself) pieces all go into an event and lucky for me, I am always on the hunt for more via mags, blogs, pretty much any where and everywhere.
Last week, I came across Anthropologie’s new facebook album sharing their 2011 Earth Day retail designs. The storefronts, windows, and decor were all made up of corks. Yes, wine corks! The eco-chic idea was too adorable to not share and if you’re DIY savvy, a nice little weekend project to put on your plate.
Anthropologie shared that cork is 100% natural, renewable, recyclable and biodegradable. After the April artwork, Anthropologie will send the corks to Cork ReHarvest to transform into new items such as flooring, paper pulp, cork bobbers and much more. Aside from the gorgeous design, I love the fact that Anthropologie is using it’s store status for good. Reusing items rather than producing week long graphics for a window, bringing awareness to a good cause, as well as donating to create new out of old.
After collecting corks, use either markers or dye you can color the corks to any thing you want. A simple twine, carabiner, and wire construction can create a day project out of corks to make a chic kitchen chandelier. If it’s a little too out of your DIY realm, take the corks and hot glue them to a large canvas to create a beautiful design like the moon, or wheel-like shapes above. I love the idea of using your old corks for kitchen crafts and this project would make the perfect decor for a new apartment!
Head over to Anthropologie’s facebook to learn more about their project and see more of their designs. I hope these photos inspired you as much as they did me!
All photos from Anthropologie’s facebook.