Whether you are a casual wine drinker or a wine aficionado, you likely have a few wine corks lying around. Put those corks to good use by creating a wine cork bulletin board.
Things You'll Need
- Wine corks
- Picture frame with sturdy cardboard/wood backing OR
- Shadow box OR
- Piece of plywood cut into the shape of your finished bulletin board
- Heavy cardboard (if needed)
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Scissors or serrated knife
Step 1: Check and Prepare Frame
Before you begin creating your wine cork bulletin board, ensure that the backing of the frame or shadow box is sturdy enough to hold up to the weight of the glue and wine corks. If you are concerned that the backing may not be strong enough, cut a piece of heavy cardboard to the same size as your backing, and use in its place.
Step 2: Choose a Pattern
Regardless of the shape or size of your bulletin board frame or backing, you can arrange your corks in a variety of patterns to add visual interest. Try laying the corks out in a few different patterns before you make a final decision. Some pattern options include:
- Stripes -- Lay the corks end to end, creating either vertical or horizontal stripes.
- Zigzag or Chevron -- Lay the corks in a zigzag pattern, running either horizontally or vertically, by placing corks at 45 degree angles to each other. Use two corks at a time to create a chevron pattern.
- Checkerboard -- Lay two corks vertically side by side at the top of your frame or backing. Next to these two corks, lay two more corks horizontally side by side. Repeat this pattern until you reach the edge of the frame or backing. When you start a new row of corks, lay the first two in the opposite direction of the ones above them. The finished pattern will resemble a checkerboard.
- Circles -- Lay one cork standing on end in the center of your board, so that the round end of the cork is facing up – this will form the center of your circle. Surround the center cork with four or five corks (also standing on end) to create a circle. Continue laying corks in a circular pattern around the center cork. Alternately, create several circle patterns by placing center corks in a variety of locations on your backing. If corks standing on their ends are too tall for your frame or shadow box, try cutting them in half using sharp scissors or a serrated knife.
- Combination -- Try creating your own pattern. Lay a few corks horizontally, a few vertically, and a few standing on end to create a bulletin board pattern that is one of a kind.
If you don’t have enough corks for your project, try asking local restaurants, wine bars or bars if they would be willing to save some for you. Alternatively, cut the corks in half vertically (using scissors or a serrated knife), but this can be a messy and time-consuming step.
Step 3: Cut Corks for the Edge of Pattern
Depending on the pattern you chose, you may have some empty spaces around the edge of your board that are too small to fit a whole cork. You can leave these spaces blank, or use scissors or a serrated knife to cut whole corks into pieces that will fit. Once your pattern is complete, leave it in place on the backing.
Step 4: Glue the Corks
Glue the wine corks to the backing using a hot glue gun. Place a small strip of hot glue along the back of each wine cork, and place it firmly on the backing. Hot glue dries very quickly, so place each wine cork in the exact position you would like it to remain. Removing and gluing only a few corks at a time helps keep your pattern intact.