Decide what you are going to make. We have made lady bugs, dragonflies, frogs, monkeys, flamingos, pumpkins....Paint the design you would like. I cut small pieces of wire for the frogs tongue and poked it into the cork. If your project requires more than one cork, a glue gun will be needed. The dragonflies wings are also made of wire. The plant pick can be as tall as you like. I just cut off desired length and it sticks right into the cork. When finished, spray with clear spray paint to seal. I have had mine out for like 4-5 summers.