Thursday, May 07, 2009

DIY Corkboard Tutorial

Thanks for all of the kind comments about our kitchen last Friday. Reading all of your comments made me re-fall in love with our home. Sometimes it's hard to appreciate something you see every day, so thank you!

A couple of you commented on my corks and asked how I turn this:


into this:

(please note: We did not drink all of this wine ourselves -- this includes a ton of corks from my family as well as a couple of corporate events I went to. This board is WAY bigger than the ones I make for friends/family) .

Step 1) Purchase an "Art Board" (they are like wood, but thin and light) from Michaels.


Step 2) Get a hot glue gun and a lot of glue. You will definitely need to use hot glue.

Step 3) Arrange the corks on the board in a 2-by-2 pattern. Two vertical, two horizontal (you'll notice that some corks are longer/thicker than others, so the pairing take a bit of work). Start in a corner and then repeat the 2-by-2 pattern going out and down like this:


It will look like this from the side:


A couple of quick tips: You may want to arrange several corks before gluing them down to ensure that they're paired the way you want. Also, sometime when you get to an edge you'll notice that you don't have room for another whole set of corks. In that case, cut the corks in half with a knife and place the uncut end out to the edge is smooth. Just play around and have fun. You'll get better with each board you make.

When all of the glue has dried, turn the board over and attach a "frame hanger thing" (I don't know what these are called but you can buy them at home depot in the small nails/framing section).


You can then hang it on the wall like this and put tacks in to make a corkboard/bulletin board!

29 comments:

on the Rhoads of life said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I have a TON of corks (from mostly my personal drinking pleasure) and would love to make one of those! Great idea!

Ashley said...

wow, that's adorable!

~K~ said...

This is such a great idea!

Jennifer said...

I'm so glad you posted this. We have about 25 empty wine bottles in our basement (from the past 3 years) and I wasn't sure what to do! I'll make a corkboard, and now I need to find something for the wine bottles!

Brittany Ann said...

This is genius! I've got to try this! Thanks!

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

soo cute, what a great idea!!

newlyweds said...

I love this idea!! I will start collecting my corks now!

Katie said...

Another fun thing to do is to paint the corks, and then put them on end, to create a picture if you will. In high school I made a cork board, but painted the corks and turned it into a flower scene. It was really neat!

a H.I.T. said...

What a great idea! Husby and I have been saving all our corks (for about two years now) so that we can create a cork table (with a glass top). This will be a great addition if we have extra corks!

SassyEngineer said...

What a cute idea! I'm going to have to start saving our corks (and we will have to start drinking some more wine -haha!)

Emily said...

ahh I LOVE IT:) Soo cute:) u you are the DIY queen:)I bet your little in the g phi house got really cute stuff from you for big/little night:0

My name is Megan... said...

very cute!!! I love it! I have TONS of corks ;)

Chic Runner said...

You are just so creative! :) Super cute and great idea. I want to try to make this, but I need to start drinking some wine :)

Crazy Shenanigans said...

I love that!!! I'll have to try this out!!! It's super cute! Thanks!

Sara said...

I've been wanting to make one of these for a long time, but we are collecting the corks too slowly! And, now a lot of wines come with wax or plastic corks. Bummer.

Lindsey said...

So creative!!!

Lil' Woman said...

Great tutorial..know all I have to do is go get myself ALOT of wine! :)

Ali in LaLa Land said...

love it! i'm saving mine too so i can make a cork board! they're so cute :)

Megan said...

That is way cool! I might have to try it!

BLC :o said...

Well thank you very much Ms. Martha Stewart!!! I have a lot of saved corks and what a fabulous idea!!! Xoxo-BLC

Sarah said...

Thank you so much I am soooo doing this

Anonymous said...

Hey kiddo... I'm putting in an order for my birthday.... I could use one of these in my apt!

*~! megs !~* said...

This is too cool!! How creative are you?!

Miss Adventure said...

I must have missed this post, but I LOVE this idea! Brings a whole new meaning to "cork" board! Thanks!

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Marianne said...

Hi ! I love using old stuff to create free artwork ! It always "makes my day" !
I've just made one of these boards. You can check it out here : http://nocesdecoton.canalblog.com/archives/2010/02/03/16777885.html. Hope U like it !!

Chardonnay said...

I made one of these last week! Thanks for the awesome idea! I blogged about it and gave your tutorial a shout out :) http://high-tide-or-low-tide.blogspot.com/2011/11/diy-corkboard.html

Candie@Craftbaby.com said...

Love wine cork boards! You should totally enter this project into Craftbaby's DIY a Corkboard Challenge! http://www.craftbaby.com/contests/20/diy-a-cork-board

xx
Candie

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