Using wine corks in craft projects is almost as common as Mason jars. Seriously, type “wine cork crafts” into Pinterest and you’ll see. It’s a whole thing. We drink and use wine in cooking at our house pretty often, so I’ve hoarded a fairly decent collection of corks over the past few years. And this, coupled with my growing obsession to personalize my desk area at work, lead me to start scheming about making a bulletin board out of wine corks.
Recently I’ve started taping up lists and reminders above my desk. Which looks, well, sort of junky. So I knew a bulletin board would come in handy.
I wanted to keep it simple, so I simply purchased a shadow box (on sale!) from a craft store in order to house my corks. I started to fill up the shadow box and quickly realized I didn’t have nearly enough corks. Dang it!
Thank goodness for eBay. I ended up needing right around 170 corks to fill the 12″ x 12″ shadow box I had.
The shadow box had a black backing, so first I glued in a piece of white foam. I was concerned that the black would show through once I had all the corks in place. But it ended up not mattering much. You can’t see the back once all the corks are glued in.
I also recommend using some kind of super glue or other quick-dry heavy duty glue. I plan to push and pull tacks from these corks, so I want them to stay in place!
Once I had glued in all the corks, I decided to paint a few of the ends different colors. I like the overall rustic look, but the deep red/purple ends that a few of the corks had (from wine) didn’t really match the aesthetic of my desk area. So I just brushed on a few different colors of craft paint.
Although I could have easily just bought a small bulletin board for my desk area, I love the personality and color that this one brings to my space. What about you, have you ever made a project from wine corks? Thanks for letting me share! xo. Emma
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.
My nephew gifted me with several trivets he made with unfinished wood frames and wine corks! He laid the corks horizontal rather than standing them vertically.
Hey! Great art! Was wondering what the size of the shadow box is? Thanks!
I put together something similar for our command center using an 8×10 picture frame. I used hot glue to glue in the corks length-wise. The board can be hung on the wall or propped up on a desk or counter. I love the colored pieces on yours. It adds so much character!
Arugh! Friggin brilliant.
Hi Shannon! It’s 2.5 inches 🙂 -Jacki
So it looks like you did not have to cut the corks down at all to make them fit. What depth was the shadow box? I wad going to do this, and was unsure which depth would fit the corks correctly.
That’s such a creative way to decorate an office. We made a succulent terrarium to decorate our office space. Check it out on our blog!
So simple and so beautiful. Love it!
i LOVE this idea!
Gave a shout out on the blog! Too fun!
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What a great idea ! I live in Bordeaux, the city wine, I have so many corks around me!! Thank you for inspiration 😉
Adore this idea! This seems like a DIY I could actually handle!
A Latte Lipstick
So creative, I love it! Perfect gift idea for the holiday season!
This is both beautiful and playful! I definitely want to try it!
I love this idea! I’m 12 and I love to make gifts for people so this is perfect!
What a great idea! I will make this into a Christmas gift for someone! I’m a 12 year old and I love to make homemade gifts for people.
What a good idea! I thought to make a bulletin board you would need to crush the corks. I will definitely use this as a gift for Christmas this year! Thank you for the inspiration! I’m a 12 year old and I love to make homemade gifts.
It looks fantastic, especially those coloured polkadots on it!
You just gave me the solution I was looking for about how to hide the electrical board. This is it! Only instead of using the whole corks I will cut them in slices and glue them on the board’s door. Thanks!
Love this project! It’s great that you can paint the ends of the cork to match the room it’s going in.
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