Thursday, October 25, 2012

Calling All Wine Corks

This great wine cork idea was floating around the Pinterest world last Spring.  We always save our wine corks and have used them in various ways - at our wedding for the seating card display, in candle hurricanes, cork boards and coasters to name a few.  I knew this project would take a while but would be so fun along the way (wink, wink)!

Kicking off this project was really quite simple.  Step one: Drink a bottle of wine (that's my kind of project!).  Step 2: Save your corks! After a several months we had quite an assorted collection of reds and whites... no judgement, please.

Step 3: Pick up some MDF board at your local Home Depot.  Using a pencil, trace out the letter of your desire.  Our last name begins with "S"... hence the "S".

Step 4: Conduct a small practice round to make sure your corks will look good within the size of your letter

Step 5: Using a jigsaw, carefully cut out your letter stencil.

Step 6: Begin glueing your corks onto the letter using a glue gun.  Tip: put the glue on the top side of the cork so the end stained with wine faces out.  The different shades of reds and pinks are so pretty.

Repeat Step 6 again and again and again...

OH MAN!!!  I ran out of corks!!!  Looks like we need to drink a few more bottles to finish the "S" - work... work... work......

I'm looking forward to hanging our "S" cork next to the bar in the living room.  If my calculations are correct, we need about 30 to 40 more corks.  Urrrmmm, that could take weeks months!  Stay tuned...  

Do any of you save your wine corks?  What creative things are you doing with them?

Update 10/31/12...



  1. After admiring your pinterest post Mark did this exact same project two weeks "A" of course. Love it!! We have more work to do too....I mean wine to drink too! :)

    1. First of all, I love that you've gone 'public'! Thanks for reading, Brie :) Secondly, the fact that Mark even knows what Pinterest is, is so darn cute. Start drinking girlfriend!

  2. Hate to take the fun of step 1 (drink a bottle of wine), but I think that I can save you the "effort." Perhaps I still have all of the corks that you used on your wedding day (to hold place seating cards). Shall I ship them out? Or am I a kill-joy?

  3. I have been wanting to do one of these for the longest time! Yours looks great :) I need to repeat step 1 of the project a few more times before I can undertake a project like this :)

  4. Homa Style is having a Simple Holiday Gift Idea Link Party.
    Your idea would make a great gift! That is if you have enough corks!
    Please join the link party at Homa Style.
    Here’s the link
    Hope to see you there!

  5. This is an amazing project! I remember seeing an art project on This is Colossal where an artist had done an entire portrait out of wine corks! Such an unexpectedly pretty result from something you'd normally throw away.

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

  6. Very cool! I love the size of this!

  7. Very cute and clever.

  8. I like how you used the champagne cork on the corners. I need to make one of the but will probably use cardboard since I don't have a saw. Thanks for sharing! New follower :)

  9. I LOVE this idea!! Sadly most of the wine we get here in Australia is now in screw top bottles - so our wine cork collection grows VERY slowly!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  10. This is awesome! Love the fatter champagne corks at the ends! The shades of red showing are really cool :)

  11. Very creative...I love wine cork projects! Oh and wine too....Check my cork wreath out at

  12. Love this!! I am coming over from a linky party. Stop by and check out what I linked up here -!

  13. What did you use to hang it?


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