DIY Holiday Gifts: Wine Cork-Boards
Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2011 at 8:12 am
In this edition of “DIY Holiday Gifts,” I’m going to show you how to turn your old wine bottle corks into a cute and functional cork-board. You can give your wine cork-board away as a gift, or keep it for yourself. Either way, it’s a great way to save money and reduce, reuse, and recycle at the same time!
What You Need:
- First, you’ll need to collect as many wine corks as you can (not the plastic ones). I keep an empty vase on the counter to collect my corks in. If you aren’t a wine drinker, you can also find corks by asking around at wineries or restaurants that serve wine. You’ll want to have roughly around 50 corks before starting your project, but you may need more depending on the size of your cork-board.
- You’ll also need something to attach your corks to. This can be a wooden shape (such as a heart, letters, etc.), or it can be a frame of your choice, just remove the glass panel and attach your corks to the wooden backing. Garage sales and thrift stores are great places to find inexpensive and unique frames.
- The last thing you’ll need is glue. Any durable wood glue should do the trick.
- Decide how you want your cork-board to look. If you want to re-create something like the heart-shape (top left), cut the corks in half height-wise. If you want a more traditional cork-board (bottom left), you can leave the corks as they are.
- Apply a liberal amount of glue to your surface.
- Start laying your corks. For the traditional cork-board, I recommend starting in the middle of the board and working out, placing two corks sideways then two corks lengthwise. This pattern is much more forgiving when working with wine corks! Also, if you are using your personal collection of corks, consider having the winery names visible.
- Allow glue to dry for 2-3 days. Attach hanging hardware.
- Enjoy your homemade wine cork-board or wrap it up as a gift!