December 31, 2012

How To Make A Wine Cork Wreath

Got corks?  Well so did I...a lot of them...and I finally put them to good use in this fun project.  I lost count at 200 but I estimate there are about 500 corks on this wreath.  Whew!



For this project you will need:


  • 18 inch (smooth) styrofoam wreath form
  • Glue sticks, a LOT of them
  • Glue gun
  • Corks
  • 1 1/2 inch flat head screw
  • Rope or twine
  • Grapes
  • Grape leaves
You'll need to use newspaper or something to protect your work surface from the glue, I used an old moving box and sat on the floor because that was easiest for me.

Begin by laying your wreath back side down and start gluing your corks onto the wreath in rows working from the outside of the wreath towards the inside.  For this step I ran a bead of glue down the length of the each cork and then stuck it to the wreath.


In the photo above you'll see that I just completed the 3rd row.  You will not have to glue corks all the way around because when hung you will not see the back of the wreath.  However, if you plan on hanging your wreath on a mirror you will need to cover the entire wreath with corks or you'll see the backside in the reflection of the mirror.

And five rows:


And finally, seven rows.  Now the base of the wreath is complete and is ready for you to add the rest of your corks randomly.  I used mostly "plain" corks for this step as I wanted the more memorable and different corks to be on top.


This is how the wreath will look in the back:


This was a good time for me to add the screw for the hanger.  I didn't really have a plan for this, I just "winged it".  Some folks have used a ribbon to hang their wreath so this step wouldn't be necessary but I didn't want to use a ribbon.

All I did was literally screw the screw into the wreath, it went right in.


Then I securely tied a string of rope and glued it to the screw and the wreath.  Easy peasy.


And now start randomly gluing your corks.  I did a test placement with each cork so that I only had to put the glue on the spots where it needed it to securely hold.










Almost done, just a few more:




And before you know it you'll be done...with the cork placement.


Now I knew this was going to take me a while, so I got comfortable and put in a couple of movies in the DVD player and enjoyed being creative.  It did take me about 6 hours from start to finish, but I'm pretty OCD about having things turn out "perfecto" so you may get yours done in less time.  Also, my wreath was an 18 incher, if you use a 12 inch form it will take you less time and you'll use less corks. But I wanted a b.i.g. wreath, so I went with the larger size.

The next step is to add your grapes and leaves.  This is also when you can get really creative and add anything you want on any part of the wreath you want.  It's just a matter of preference.  I had done an internet search for cork wreaths and found that I liked the simpler look with minimal floral, I wanted to actually see the corks more than a bunch of grapes, leaves, twigs and whatnot.


And voila, there you have it!  A beautiful wine cork wreath.




I hung mine in our (to be painted) breakfast room where we have our wine racks (and no window treatments).


I adore wine but more than one glass will trigger a horrible migraine headache, I read somewhere it's the sulfites in the wine.  The hubs is a huge wine aficionado which is how I was able to save so many corks, I still have several hundred left that I will use for other projects no doubt.  We've been saving them for 10 years so don't be discouraged if you don't have enough...you'll get there eventually.

Ah, there in the corner is another project, paint the hunter green wine rack pewter to match the rest of the furnishings in the room. ;)


The full view of the (unfinished, many projects ahead) breakfast room (and no we don't drink wine for breakfast, lol):


And the lovely wine cork wreath shining in the morning sun:




Save your corks and have fun with it!  I have a few more ideas of projects with corks rolling around in my head, we'll see what happens.


I shared this post with all the great blogs hosting link parties found here.
and,
Throwback Thursday - Denyse @ Glitter, Glue and Paint

92 comments:

  1. I love your blog my child. You are more than welcome for the gifts. I try to keep Christmas every day and making your gifts help me do that. I sometimes can hardly wait for you to get them,lol. You have talent also, lots!

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    1. Thank you Momma! And I already can't wait to see what you have in store for next Christmas! I also "pinned" all your handy work so repin them to your board too. :)

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  2. Hello Audrey! I just LOVE your wreath. I collect corks as well and am always looking for ways to reuse them. Check out my wine cork napkin rings on my blog when you get a chance. They look awesome and were SO easy to make. Welcome to blogging!

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    1. Thanks Terri! I LOVE your cork napkin rings and now I know what I'll be doing next with corks, what a great idea that is! I also saw a few coasters made with corks on Pinterest that I want to do. I still have a 200-300 corks left so I have plenty to make all kinds of things.

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  3. Love this wreath. Glad I got to see how you glued the corks on...I would never have guessed that many!

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    1. Thank you Jamie and thanks for stopping by. I too was surprised at how many it really takes but it was so worth the wait of collecting them, I do love this wreath and can't wait to make my next project with corks. Thanks again!

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  4. Beautiful! No wonder Terry was so excited to get it. You did a great job.

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    1. Thank you, thank you Sherry. Coming from you that means a lot!

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  5. Your wreath is absolutely beautiful. I will be featuring this tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you so much for the lovely compliment and THANK YOU for the feature, this is so exciting!!! I'm honored to be chosen and will stop by and get the button for the post. Thanks again and have a great night!

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  6. Hi Audrey...love your cork wreath! I am always looking for cork ideas as my hubby and I enjoy our wine and I can never bear to throw out the corks. I made a wine cork serving tray last summer and used up a bunch of them but alas, it has been over 7 months since then and I have accumulated more corks! Congratulations on your feature over at DIY By Design's linky party...it is always so exciting to be featured. Wishing you a wonderful day!!!
    XO Barbara

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    1. Thank you Barbara and thanks for stopping by. I can't wait to make more things with the leftover corks I have. I've got a ton of ideas from Pinterest (I LOVE that site). Do you have pictures of your tray somewhere? I'd love to see them. Have a great day.

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  7. That is so pretty Audrey! Funny last night I was at bunco and there was a wine cork wreath on the wall. Turns out her hubby made it. Your is much cuter btw:) Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and thank you for the compliment on my wreath! Have a great day.

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  8. Fabulous Audrey! I'm totally in love with it. Pinning!

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original linky party is open

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    1. Thank you Christina and thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend.

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  9. Wow is that ever cool. My MIL made us cork boards with corks but I will have to show her this. She will love it.

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    1. Thank you Elaine and thanks for stopping by! Have a great week.

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  10. Audrey, I love your wine cork wreath! Wish I had seen this before we gave away our corks when we moved! Gives me a reason to start collecting them again, doesn't it?

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    1. Thank you Jane and thanks for stopping by! There are so many things that one can make with corks, I've found a ton of ideas on Pinterest. Have a great week.

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  11. Such a neat idea for all those saved corks! I would love for you to come link up to my Get Social Sunday party and follow along. What a great craft for others to see!
    http://alivedinhome.blogspot.com/2013/01/get-social-sunday_12.html

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    1. Thank you so much and thanks for the invitation, I'll head over there soon. Have a great day!

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  12. Hi, Great post. I just posted a blog o ways to use wine corks. This is great. I found you through the blog hop. Now following you.Please stop by and say hi when you get a chance.
    Be sure and check out my new Blog Hop that we just started, It's Weekly Goals Link Up. It's a great way to stay on track. Have a great day. :) Here's the link in case you want to check it out. Thanks again.http://lenettacarnes.blogspot.com/2013/01/weekly-goals-linkup-html

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    1. Thank you so much Lenetta and thanks for stopping by and following. I will head your way in a few. :) Have a great day!

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  13. That's an awesome wine-cork project, probably one of the best I've seen. It's an awesome all year round wreath for your door, too!

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    1. Thank you Stella Marie and thanks for stopping by! Have a great week.

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  14. Hi Audrey, I'm visiting from Transformed Tuesdays over at PJH Designs. Your cork wreath is pure awesomeness. What a statement piece. I am now following you. Would love to have you visit me sometime. Thank you for sharing your wonderful wreath.

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    1. Thank you so much Laurie, I'm so glad you liked it! I will most definitely check out your blog and thank you for following. :)

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  15. Amazing work! Loved the idea! Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial!
    Have a fabulous day!

    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Ana and thanks for stopping by today, have a wonderful week.

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  16. Thanks for linking to Cowgirl Up Link Party. Your blog is lovely-and so is this wreath. I am your newest follower!
    :) Samantha @ Crafty Texas Girls

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    1. Thank you Samantha and thanks for visiting and following! Have a great day.

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  17. Very cute! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  18. Wow, Audrey! This is great. I have bags of corks, it might be time to put them to good use. Along with all the wine bottles I think I'm going to do something with..LOL

    I'm having a TWITTER Social hop. I'd love for you to hop on over, grab a button and link up your Twitter. If you don't have Twitter it's ok, come link up your blog or favorite post.

    http://mydailyphotojourney.blogspot.com/2013/01/twitter-social-hop.html

    I'm also looking for Pinterest Pinners to feature every week. If you are on Pinterest and are interested in being featured come link up! Who knows you might meet some other great pinners and gain a few great ideas.

    http://mydailyphotojourney.blogspot.com/2012/12/looking-for-pinners.html

    Have a crazy beautiful day!

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    1. Thanks Denyse, I have a few wine bottles I'm gonna be doing something with too...but that's another post. ;) I'll come and check out your blog as well. Have a great day.

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  19. so cute!

    Found you at Lady Behind the Curtain

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  20. Very cool idea! Found you at Crafty Texas Girls

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  21. Audrey, I love this! It must of taken so time and patience. But I am sure having the bottles before hand helped! Thanks for linking up to my blog party.
    DeDe@DesignedDecor

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    1. Thank you DeDe and thanks for stopping by. And...thanks for hosting the link party. Have a good evening.

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  22. Wow, this is a great wreath! It looks so lovely in your breakfast area!

    I found your site from Talkin' About Thursday! I am going to pin this and pour myself a few glasses of wine! I am now following you!

    Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.com

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    1. Thank you Cynthia and thanks for stopping by and following! Have a great weekend.

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  23. This is beautiful! Can't wait to make my own now. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Kaitlin and thanks for stopping by! Have a great day.

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  24. You've been featured on Busy Monday! Hope you will swing by and grab a featured button from the Button Box. Pinned. Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday.

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    1. Charlene, thank you very much! I'm thrilled to be featured on your blog. I grabbed a button and have proudly displayed it on my blog. Thanks again and have a great day.

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  25. Hi Audrey,

    Thanks for coming to my Diana Rambles blog and linking this beautiful wreath! I love the scattered corks on top and then the addition of grapes. So cute! I am now following you via GFC, Facebook (from my personal page because likes from pages don't count), and Pinterest. I tried to follow via G+ & Twitter, but the icons didn't work. Thanks again and I hope you come party again next Friday!!

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    1. Thank you Diana and thanks for coming by and dropping me a line and following too! I've fixed the Google+ but I don't have a Twitter yet so it still redirects you to my blog, I'll eventually get one. Thanks again and have a great night.

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  26. Saw your wreath on Sew Many Ways - love it!!! I have a friend who would be head-over-heels for this! Pinning it right now! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Kim and thanks for stopping by :) Have a great day.

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  27. My friend made me one and I love it. It hangs in my kitchen, but your's with the grapes looks even better! I love the added detail.

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    1. Thank you Alexis and thanks for stopping by. I got the grapes at Michael's and they have many different hues of purple as well as greens, just take your pick.

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  28. Turned out super cute, Audrey! I guess i'll have to switch from boxes to wine bottles again! lol! Thanks so much for linking up!

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    1. Thank you Jocie and thanks for stopping by! Have a great day.

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  29. Hi,
    You have some great ideas and we would like for you to share with our readers too. We are hosting our first link party tomorrow and we would like to invite you to link up with us. We have a fun blog to co-host with us. Hope to see you there.

    Thanks!
    The Busy Bee's,
    Myrna and Joye.

    http://thebusybhive.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you very much Myrna and Joye. I would love to read your blog and participate in you link party, I'll be there! Have a great evening.

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  30. I just love this! You did a great job--thanks for the step-by-step instructions. And thanks for joining Grace at Home!

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    1. Thank you Richella and thanks for visiting today, have a wonderful day!

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  31. This is the best wine cork wreath I have seen! I pinned it for later ... once I run over to the winery next door to augment my cork collection.

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    1. Thank you Connie and thanks for stopping by. Oooooo, I wish I lived next door to a winery, I'd be making all kinds of things. Have a great day.

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  32. This is just too stinking cute! I found you on the PPP party today! I am going to pin this. I wanted to follow you on Twitter but your link did not work. What is your handle? Now I am thirsty for a glass of wine....just sayin'!

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  33. Thank you , lol, and thanks for stopping by. I guess I'm gonna have to set up a Twitter account, you're like the 3rd person that's asked to connect via Twitter. I'll set it up soon, until then, feel free to follow me via GFC, Linky, Pinterest and Facebook. Have a great day!

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  34. I'm stopping by from Freedom Fridays. That's a lot of corks! I feel like for some wine now :-)

    I have some corks saved and was going to make trivets, but I like this idea much, much more. Nice job!

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    1. You'll be glad you did, it's so pretty and if you don't glue on the grapes you can decorate it for all the seasons and holidays :) Thanks for stopping by and have a good night.

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    1. ??? Thanks for coming by Liberty...I wish I knew what you were gonna say, lol. :)

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  36. Awesome wreath! What patience you have to glue all those on there. Nice job! Visiting from My Turn for Us.
    Babs

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    1. Thank you Babs and thanks for visiting. Have a great weekend.

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  37. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I have been collecting corks for a long time and was just waiting for the right project to make with them. Now I know what to do!

    Sherry K-Jazzy Gourmet

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    1. Thank you, so glad I could help! Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

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  38. What a great idea - it looks amazing now it's done.

    Thanks so much for linking up :)

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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    1. Thank you Sarah and thanks for stopping by! Have a great rest of the weekend.

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  39. I love the way this turned out - and that you added grapes to it! WOW - 500 corks is a LOT! Great job and thanks for linking up to our Pinteresting Link Party!

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    1. Thank you Liz and thanks for stopping by. Yes 500 is a lot, it's an 18 inch wreath form so it's quite substantial, it took us about 10-12 years to collect all those corks, I just didn't have the heart to throw them away and now I'm so glad I didn't! Have a great day!

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  40. Found you at the Pin Me Linky Party. I need a project for all my wine corks, and this may just be it. Pinned it :) Have a great day!

    Shandy @ aprons-n-pearls.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Shandy, this was such a fun project and EVERYONE loves it. It's a conversation piece and we always get so many compliments on it. You'll have fun making yours and enjoy it for many years to come. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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  41. This looks great! I've added it to my wreath board on Pinterest. It will definitely take me awhile to accumulate that many corks though - I might need to enlist some help. Thanks for sharing on the Taylor House party so I could find it.

    thelovenerds.com
    Pin: maggie_thelovenerds

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    1. Thank you Maggie and thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend.

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  42. AUDREY Would love for you to link this to FRIDAY FAVORITES at http://imnotatrophywife.com
    Love it!!! laura

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    1. Thank you Laura, will do! Have a great weekend!

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  43. i absolutely love
    this idea

    and you could change out
    the finishing bow/decoration
    to make it work for any season

    would love for you to share
    on Fridays Unfolded
    and just followed you via Bloglovin!

    Alison

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    1. Thank you Alison! Will do and have a great weekend.

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  44. Audrey - I've never visited a craft blog before - what a treat to visit yours. I love your beautiful cork wreath and thank you for the very clear instructions...I think I may be able to do this!

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting and I hope you come back again! Have a great weekend.

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  45. Audrey! I'm so glad you choose to share this wreath at Throwback Thursday. I loved it when you first did it and I still do. I better get drinking more wine ;-)

    xoxo
    Denyse

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    1. Aww, thanks Denyse, it's one of my favorites too and my hubby LOVES it...it's a major conversation piece and was definitely worth the tedious work. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

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