DIY Wine Cork Wreath
I am not the craftiest of people, but, when I saw my mother's extensive collection of corks gathered and stored from years of wine drinking, I could not help but try to do something to put them to good use decorating her house. I say I am not crafty only because I do not do a lot of crafts myself, even though I enjoy artsy projects when I have the time. Long story short, I am a novice. So if you are just like me and have not ever really put that glue gun to very much use then this may be the project for you. Especially if you are like my mom and have a large collection of corks just sitting in a bowl waiting to be made into something a bit more eye-catching.
The only difficult part about making a cork wreath is having enough time to do it and then worrying about the mess afterwards. It took me about two days to finish this altogether, although I think I could have finished it sooner if I was really focused and stayed at it for longer periods of time. Other than that, this project only cost me eleven dollars for the supplies, with an additional fifteen for the glue gun since mine was misplaced in my recent move. You may have additional costs based on whether or not you choose to add decorations, like I did (they cost me another fifteen dollars), and based on what exactly you choose to decorate with. It's cheap, easy, and, most importantly, fun.
How to Make a Cork Wreath
Here is a step by step process for making your cork wreath. First off, make sure you have a space you can work with, preferably one that you don't mind making a mess in that's safe enough to keep your project there when you aren't working on it. A table is the best, since you want to have the wreath lying on a flat surface as you work, to make sure the back is flat so it can hang.
Once you've got that set, gather your supplies. The following is my list of supplies:
- Lots and lots of wine corks
- Straw wreath
- Glue gun
- Lots of glue gun sticks
Step 2: Prepare Your Straw Wreath
The next step in this process is to cut off the plastic wrapped around your straw wreath. Make sure not to cut off the little bands that are holding the whole wreath together. I recommend doing this part outside because it will get really messy and straw is going to be flying everywhere.
Once you have your plastic cut off. Take your twine and tie it around your wreath. Make sure you have space to fit at least three or four fingers, like the picture above. This is so that you can hang your wreath, you want to cover some of it with corks later on but leave enough slack at the back for it to actually hang.
Step 3: Gluing on Corks
The next step is, of course, the longest. You want to glue corks onto your straw wreath in two layers, starting from the inside, and working your way outwards. The first layer of corks is just to cover up the wreath. Glue your corks so that they are all lined up, like the picture to the right. They will not all be in perfect rows but just try and keep it neat and cover as much space as possible.
Be careful which corks you start with. I made sure to use the plainer, more beat up looking corks first and saved the prettier ones for the second layer. Keeping two piles helps a lot. I used two grocery bags, one being the bag with all the corks I was using and the other with the corks I was saving for the top layer.
Once your wreath is covered with its first layer, go on to the second one. This part is a little more fun because you want to put the corks on it in a random order and cover any spots you missed last time so that the wreath is completely loaded with wine corks. If your corks are like mine and have red wine stains, you may want to pay attention to how you set them so that the reddish purple color is spread out evenly.
The finished product with both layers of corks covering up the straw wreath is to the right.
Step 4: Decorating
Of course, this last step is optional if you want to add a little more pizzazz to your wine cork wreath. Decorations can be really cheap but choosing the right ones might be a little tricky. Originally, I wanted to use the ribbon, shown in the second picture at the beginning of this article, to decorate my wreath but it looked to Christmasy when I really wanted it to be something that can be hung all year round. Just remember to keep a few things in mind when choosing your decorations:
- Theme (is it for a holiday? Do you want it to match a specific room?)
- Amount you want to use (try not to go too overboard or make it look incomplete)
Remember to just have fun and please feel free to send pictures of your own wine cork wreath when you're done!
© 2012 Lisa
Janki Rathore from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India on May 12, 2019:
Wow.. What an amazing art!
Kathy Hull from Bloomington, Illinois on October 23, 2012:
Oh so cute! I'm with chrissie...I better drink up.
chrissieklinger from Pennsylvania on October 23, 2012:
Awesome idea, think I better start drinking more wine so I can make one!
Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on October 13, 2012:
What a cute idea! I'm passing this on to my daughter, who has a humongous snifter-shaped bowl full of wine corks!
Voted up, interesting, useful and shared.
Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on October 13, 2012:
I like this idea. I'll have to start saving all my corks now. Great idea!
Pinning and sharing.
Nancy Yager from Hamburg, New York on October 08, 2012:
Very creative way to recycle items. Something I would have never thought of.