Wondering what to do with your used wine corks? Combine them with coffee burlap sacks and an unused picture frame to create a trendy, up-cycled, shabby-chic style corkboard. This is an easy project, which I completed using items I already owned. The result: a beautiful and functional object, both ready to use and pleasing to the eye.
What you will need
- Wine corks or a cork sheet
- Wooden picture frame
- Sturdy cardboard
- Burlap sheet
- Hot glue gun
- Crafting scissors
- Staple guns (regular and craft)
- Decorative ribbon (optional)
1.) Plan your design. I decide to use an old frame whose glass front had broken and a jar of wine corks I had been collecting. If these items are unavailable to you, flea markets and yard sales are a great source for picture frames. Cork sheets can be purchased from your favorite online craft store.
2.) Open up the frame and carefully remove any glass or internal backing. Lay the frame on top of a piece of sturdy cardboard and trace the inside and outside of the frame. This will be your guideline for inserting the corks.
3.) Using a scissor carefully cut the cardboard to the outside dimension of the frame. Cut just inside the traced line so that no edges show in the front of the frame. Lay the corks inside the inner dimension to determine the best way to fill up the frame with cork. Use a hot glue gun to affix the corks to the cardboard. I created cork rows, but you could glue the corks one at a time until the cardboard is covered. Try leaving a minimal amount of open space.
4.) Cut a sheet of burlap about 1/4 inch wider on each side than your cardboard. Tightly wrap the burlap over the cardboard and staple the edges down. The frame will hide the staples, so don’t worry about how it looks, just make sure you have wrapped it tightly.
5.) Place the frame over the burlap covered cork and trim any visible edges.
6.) Remove the frame one more time. Use the stapler to decorate the corkboard. I decided to add some coordinating ribbon for letter holders. Once you have finished decorating, place the frame over the burlap covered cork, turn it over, and use the craft stapler to affix the cardboard to the back of the frame.
7.) Enjoy your beautiful up-cycled corkboard!