I have been accumulating corks for a while now thinking "I can totally do something cute with those one day" plus I just love how they look in an apothecary jar in my kitchen. :) Anyway, I was shopping the other day in one of those cute little, unique to your own town type stores and saw these adorable tassels made from book pages and a champagne or sparkling wine cork... ya know the mushroom looking ones that go "POP!!" when you open it. I fell in LOVE, was totally going to buy two until I saw the $20 price tag!! I decided then and there I could make my own. (My apologies to the store owner, but honestly... you were asking for it with a $20 price tag) So here is a list of my materials...
floral wire (that I spray painted black)
5 pages of an old yellowed book
Jute or Hemp string
Screw in eye hooks (or whatever the technical term for those are)
and your trusty hot glue gun
I cut the pages in half and trimmed off the bottom (or top depending on what half you are using) and one side of the page. I hot glued the pages together in the top corner of the pages on the side that I did not cut the white margins off of. Then I cut little strips, no exact science... just snip snip... maybe 1/4th of an inch wide, leaving it still intact at the top. Next hot glue the pages to the cork where the bottom part meets the top. Don't pull too hard when gluing in place or you'll get to start all over like I did.... such a dummy.
Then I wrapped the floral wire tightly around the pages and added a dab of hot glue at the ends to hold it in place. Screw in the hook and tie the sting to the loop. And you are done! QF husband even liked them... i was in shock!