I recently came across a lot of used wine corks. I mean- a lot. A whole bag full.
Not one to immediately think of throwing such "treasure" away, I held onto it knowing that one day I would stumble upon a craft somewhere in the internet-universe that would require such large amounts of wine corks! Wine corks are cool! (Aren't they?) This bag stayed with me for over a year :(
Wouldn't you know that right when I was ready to indeed trash it, I finally found a craft project right up my alley! My inspiration came from this blog post and I was immediately in. I couldn't wait.
Even better, my mom's birthday was coming up. We all know mom's love homemade presents from their kids! Maybe not so much when their kids are almost 30....now that I think of it. Oh well. But hey, in my defense this DIY wine cork cork-board is a lot better than a painted raw noodle necklace, RIGHT? At least this is something she can actually use!
I'm really trying to justify my point here.
I chose this project for a few reasons:
1. It's easy as pie! SO EASY.
2. It uses (hopefully) things you already have...or things you can indeed look for and start saving (therefore keeping out of the trash!) Yay for recycling! I'm all about that!
3. My husband had JUST made a few custom wooden box frames for a project he would be doing and was so generous enough to let me snag one. Isn't he such a keeper??
4. Since it was my mom who actually gave the corks to me (she had a project in mind she wanted to do but never got around to) I wanted to sort of "finish" that idea for her ;)
5. Cork boards rule.
So I was totally set. Don't have that stuff lying around (honestly, who would other than us weirdos)...no problem! You can buy a box frame for real cheap anywhere you'd find frames. For the corks- you can actually find used corks on sites such as Amazon.com and eBay! <---Might be weird but hey, still keeps them out of the trash, right?
Although the blog says to lie them down length-wise, I chose to actually set them upright. I loved the idea of the different wine stained colors showing rather than the brand on the side.
What you need:
- 1 wooden box frame (size depends on how many corks you have, so plan accordingly)
- 1 sheet of thick card stock, construction paper, or scrapbooking paper
- regular white glue
- a lot of wine corks
- glue gun
- glue sticks
- x-acto knife
- cutting board
- Preheat your glue gun. Set aside. On a nice flat, clean surface make strips of your paper so that it is the length of the edge of your box frame. You will, of course, want 4 strips.
- Glue each strip down, allowing the overhang to..well overhang.
- Continue doing this until all 4 sides are covered.
- *Note* It works best to sort of smudge in the glue (I used my fingers) before adhering the paper. I found that if I didn't the lines of glue showed through the paper. Weird.
While your board is drying, place corks inside your box and figure out how many you'll need. For the size of my box frame, I actually needed to half some corks so that I had a nice straight row.
If you too need to half your corks all you need to do is cut down the middle with a nice sharp kitchen knife (large one) on a cutting board. I first made a careful cut from top to bottom, then bottom to top- then made a cut in the middle while it was on it's side. It helped the knife to go through the cork better.
Now all you need to do is glue away! I made sure to add strips of hot glue to each side of the cork that would be touching something (i.e.: the wooden frame or another cork) AS WELL AS the bottom.
Continue gluing each cork as shown. For my rows I needed 11 1/2 corks each. I made sure to vary the corks so that all the halves weren't next to each other, but rather scattered throughout each row. Also you'll want to vary the colors of the wine stains- make sure the darker stains aren't all bunched together (unless that's the look you're going for of course!)
Once you're finished, with your x-acto knife, carefully trim that overhang off the 4 sides.
Now here you can do a couple of things:
- Embellish the corners with washi tape, buttons, stickers, etc.
- Add a hardware piece to the back so that you can hang on a wall.
- Leave as is!
Here is the actual board embellished with little cute decorations (as well as some left over buttons I had). Because it was a gift, I also made two gift tags out of white card stock, washi tape, and letter stickers. Included on the board was a wooden initial and a handful of pushpins for her to use immediately!