I started making this cork board a while back and it was one of those projects that just seemed to never get finished. So, this weekend, I finally sat down and finished it!
I love decorating with old frames. They have so much more character than new ones. Like I’ve said, when I find a nice vintage wood frame for a good price I buy it! I never have buyer’s remorse over these. I found this one a while back and decided it would be perfect as a cork board/message board. I loved the pretty carved frame and the old gold finish. My husband cut a thin piece of plywood for the back and I tacked it in place with small nails. This allows a deeper place to glue the corks in place versus putting the wood where a piece of glass would have gone.
I assembled some of my favorite corks from special occasions and wineries and set to work. The herringbone pattern is a classic and my favorite. Two up and two down. Easy! I’ve made these with my sons before. It is easier if you have two people to sort and match the corks to similar sizes and hand them to you, but this time I was on my own. So, glass of wine in hand, I set to work. (AND I got to work in my newly finished hobby room!-Feeling organized!)
I spread glue on the entire surface of the plywood. (Just make sure the glue you use dries clear.) I started at the upper left corner and worked my way across and down. I like to lay the corks in a pattern so that all of the letters on the corks can be read either way you hang it. So, portrait or landscape, or you can read the words on the corks or see the picture upright.
Usually the spacing works out perfectly with the frame size and cork sizes but sometimes you need to cut a few of the corks on the end to fill in the frame. I love how it turned out! One of my favorite frames with some of our favorite wine corks! I think this one will go to the lake. I’ll just attach some hanging hardware on the back and we’re good to go.
Here are a few more cork boards I have done over the years. These make great gift too! So, enjoy some great wine and save the corks!
You may also like the Cork Lamp I made for my son!