Keep Calm and Craft: DIY Wine Cork Mom Stamps
As a mom, the days fly by with something to worry about at every moment. Sometimes the easiest way to finish the day is to keep that infamous Finding Nemo chant on repeat in the back of your mind, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming…
This diligence and perseverance are qualities perfected by mothers. How many people in the world commit to 24 hour work days?
You take on so many roles – driver, chef, photographer, maid, chauffeur, psychologist, and whatever responsibility is needed to get everyone through the day in one piece. And, every challenge is totally worth it when you see your little one(s) smile.
But when – might I ask – was the last time that you simply got to be yourself?
You might be prompted to say, “There’s no time for that,” or “That’s not important,” but parenting is hard and trying work. Don’t belittle your role as a mother.
Our astute EverydayFamily contributors talk about it all of the time, “First of all, know that you are not alone”.
If you still feel a little mom-guilt I’ve prepared a quick craft tutorial that will offer solitude while keeping your little one(s) at the forefront of your mind. What I’m suggesting here is to pop the cork off of a bottle of wine while you’re packing tomorrow’s lunches. You can use the cork to decorate a sweet lunch box note. It’ll make the kiddos feel special!
You will need:
- A bottle of your favorite wine uncorked (have extra corks on hand if you plan to make more than one stamp)
- Wine glass
- X-acto knife
- Ink pad
So the first step is pretty apparent; wait until everyone has been tucked in and pour yourself a glass. Make it a big one.
Next, draw out the shape that you would like to stamp on the edge of the cork. The simpler you keep the design, the better. Flaky cork texture does not pair well with intricate designs. Personally, I love its raw quality.
Follow along the border of the outline shape with the X-acto knife. Cut straight down, while piercing the cork at a consistent depth (about ¼ inch). Move slowly on this step and go back over previous cuts to ensure that you didn’t miss a spot.
Now, make cuts from the edge of the cork up to the border of the shape that you just outlined. These cuts should be made as deep as the outline cut, ¼ inch.
Take a sip of wine.
Remove the negative space around your shape. To do this, cut across the cork at the depth of all of the other incisions. Get as close to the border of the shape as you can without slicing into it. Each sliced segment should fall off pretty easily and you can use your blade to clean up rough edges.
Finally, write out a heartfelt note and tape it to the inside of your child’s lunch pail. Use the stamps to add an extra design element. This will make all the difference! I also use my stamps to sign my name on stationary and cards.
Remind yourself often that slowing down isn’t wasting time. A moment of silence is a powerful and multifaceted tool. That twinkling of peaceful repose can clear your cluttered road to clarity. It can give your brain and biceps a moment to refresh. It can remind you of what your voice truly sounds like. Being the best version of yourself inadvertently allows you to be the best mom you can be!
So take a moment mom, put your feet up, and pour yourself another glass of vino!