Wine Corks…Oh the Possibilities!
With the recent slew of holidays, in addition to my birthday, I found myself being gifted with wine bottle after wine bottle (keep ‘em coming!) I started to keep a jar of wine corks in my bedroom. One afternoon, I decided to put my cork collection to use. I have been giving these as birthday gifts lately and they have been a hit. Adding a personal photo is a nice touch, too.
What You Need:
- Frame- I purchase mine from Target or Aaron Brothers, depending who has them on sale. Right now Aaron’s Brothers is doing a “buy one get one for 1c” frame sale. You can also try Dollar Tree.
- Corks- depending on size of the frame. I use about 12-15 per frame. Keep in mind you will be cutting the corks into halves so this number may vary, depending on how much of a cork variety you want for your frame. If you need corks, you can find people on Craigslist trying to get rid of theirs for cheap. Amazon also sells corks in bulk quantities.
- Hot glue sticks + gun
- Sharp kitchen knife
*TIP* For easier cutting, steam your wine corks in a steamer! Put a pot of water on the stove and allow it to briefly boil. Place your corks in the top portion of the steamer and let them to steam with the top on for a few minutes. Pull them out with tongs and voila- they will slice like butter!
- Decide if you want to use sliced corks or full corks for your frame. If using sliced corks, use a cutting board. Cut corks into halves.
- Put a dollop of hot glue for each cork half. Press onto frame for a few seconds. The hot glue may get messy but wait for it to dry so you can clean it up easier.
- You can choose to cover the entire frame with corks or leave some empty space. Play around with it!