Ok, so wine corks are probably one of my very favorite things in the world. The individual winery logos, the special shape of each one as it is pulled from the bottle, the different shades of wine stain on the end. For all of these reasons and more, I love to work with corks. They are so versatile in their uniqueness.
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Here I am going to tell you how to make a Wine Cork Wreath. If you have BBQ’s and family over as much as we do, collecting corks at the end of each night adds up pretty quickly. Recruiting friends to save their corks for you, another option. Going to restaurants and wineries and asking them, a killer option! Thrift stores surprisingly get tons donated all the time! Yard sales are another great bargain, people clearing out their garages just want to get rid of stuff! I’ve gotten boxes chalked full!
- I used aprox two gallon ziplock bags full of corks to give myself some extra in case I super glued a cork to my finger
or my sweater…or my child.
- I purchased a 10in straw wreath from Michaels (whatever size wreath you want to make).
- I got out my tiny trusty hot glue gun and glue sticks
- a ball of twine for hanging
- little plastic or wooden letters to glue on if you want to put your last name (optional)
- 5in burlap ribbon for bow (optional)
- wire hanger (optional)
- and some newspaper or whatever you have to do your project on, now get gluein’
I decided I wanted it to lay flat on my door, so I left the back side of the wreath cork-less. I lay my wreath on the newspaper and began on the inside of the wreath, glueing corks vertically, I glued some stain side up and some stain side down. When you glue, make sure to hold the cork against the wreath for a few secs to give it a chance to grip well or your corks might fall off. After the center was complete, I began on the very last outer edge, glueing corks in a circle end to end. I like the winery logos to show so I made sure they were facing out and right side up so people can read them. After that circle was complete I just worked up from there, completing five circles of corks, making sure the logo stayed up.
Wreath complete! Let dry.
Now, I originally tried tying some of the twine on the wreath for hanging before glueing on the corks, but I ended up glueing the corks to the twine and I didn’t like how it was unmovable for hanging adjustment afterwards. So I opted to wait until my wreath was complete and dry and used a wire hanger, which I bent into submission, to hang on the door instead. It lay flatter against my laundry room door and I could make adjustments as needed without messing with the wreath too much. I then made my burlap bow and used the twine to tie it on to my wreath. I suggest using twine so that you can switch out your bow per the season or occasion! This way you can use your beautiful cork wreath all year long and look like you totally have it together for every month of the year!
I would consider this an “indoor” wreath, probably due to the fact that our farmhouse has no overhang above our front door, but with a suitable front porch I think it would do very well. Keep in mind, the burlap ribbon does not hold up in moisture and flops down looking like sad puppy ears…apparently.
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