Today’s post is another throwback to a project I did last summer! I am not a huge DIY person, I am not the most creative and I like things to look a certain way so I tend to buy more than make. However I have been collecting wine corks for years and needed to use them in a creative way so viola! The cork wreath was born!
- Corks: TONS of corks. I did not do the math but you need a lot.
- Styrofoam Ring: I bought mine at Michael’s. They have multiple sizes but I would recommend not going too small, then you won’t have much of an inner hole once you add the corks! I did not buy the one with a flat side.
- Hot Glue Gun: I always have one or two of these around the house, you can get a small one at Michael’s.
- Ribbon: For the pretty bow at the bottom! Or top! Or anywhere you want to decorate. Here is an example.
- String & Wreath Hanger: Any strong string will do and you can pick up a wreath hanger in Michael’s (or anywhere as we enter the holiday season!).
The process is very simple but can be tedious at times. I recommend grabbing an adult beverage, putting a fluffy tv show (The Great British Bake Off perhaps??) and get as much done as you can before you start to hate it. And I say that completely seriously. DIY projects should not be miserable experiences! Sure, there might be hard parts, but in general you should enjoy the process as much as the result. If you reach a point where you are hating that you ever came up with the idea to make your own wreath (or you burnt your finger with hot glue so many times you lost feeling), maybe you should take a break! The good news is that this is an easy project to put down and come back to!
- Prep Materials
- Make Yourself a Drink (DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP)
- Plug in Glue Gun (so it can warm up)
- Layer 1 – Start Gluing Corks the Long Way Around the Wreath in Straight Lines: I recommend using your “boring” corks here. Save the fun ones for the random top layer. This layer is to hide the Styrofoam base. See pictures for example of how to glue the first layer. I ended up doing the final back row differently since two more rows the long way wouldn’t fit! It ended up making it more flat against the door.
- Hold Cork Down for 10-15 Seconds Before Moving Onto the Next Cork: this will help to make sure the hot glue starts to dry and it sticks! If the cork is at a funny angle and gravity is going to pull it down, you might need to hold it longer.
- Optional Layer 2: This is the “random” layer and if you prefer a set pattern, you do not need to do this layer and can skip to the bow! For Layer 2, attach your more distinct corks in a random arrangement around the part of the wreath that will be the “front”. You might also want to determine which direction it will hang in case you want some corks to be right side up. See picture for example. I recommend leaving one side free of the “random” corks so it will lay flat against a door. Complete Layer 2 until you think it looks done!
- Attach Bow: I put mine on the bottom and used a thick ribbon with wire edges to hold the bow shape.
- Attach String: Make sure it will drop at the desired length on the door. Hide the knot behind the top of the wreath.
- Hang Wreath: And take a picture to document your success!
It really is that easy! The biggest key is to have enough corks. I cheated by asking some wineries for their corks when I did tastings. If you live in an area with a lot of wineries, this might be a great option for you! Otherwise, drink responsibly and only buy wine with a cork!
- What was your most successful DIY project?
- Have you made anything out of used corks?