I love wine. Who doesn’t? I started “drinking” wine at church as a child—Catholics sure do know their beverages—which is only one of the many testaments to its charm and awesomeness as an adult drink.
I also love to make things and to be crafty and creative. Rarely do I drink wine and craft at the same time as I find the influence from the spirit may have a bit of a negative impact on the quality of my craft. When I came across an impressive wine cork wreath on Etsy, I knew I had to combine my love of wine and DIYing (not to mention, by doing it myself, I was saving a pretty penny).
The DIY wine cork wreath was a fun and easy project. I ordered used wine corks off of amazon.com—sounds weird, I know, but they’re typically from restaurants—and I found the rest of the materials at Michael’s craft store. It’s such an easy craft to personalize and it really is a beautiful wreath. The warm hues, earthy tones, and the pops of burgundy from the red wine blend perfectly, leaving a warm and interesting door accessory (just think of all the stories that belong to each cork).
The entire project took me about three hours. It creates a bit of a mess and your fingers may be sore, however, the finished product is well worth it. Plus, nothing says ‘mature adult who likes to party’ like a wine cork wreath.
-Corks – I used about 225
-Toothpicks – you need the same amount of toothpicks as corks
-Burlap, at least 5 feet (another 5 feet if you want to do a bow)
-Hot glue gun
-Glue sticks – I used about a dozen
-Poke a toothpick through the long side of a cork. Add a little hot glue around the toothpick and along the toothpick side of the cork and glue/poke it along the perimeter of the wreath’s hole. Continue until you have glued/poked the cork all the way around the inner circle/inner part of the wreath.
-Next, hot glue the burlap to the outer perimeter of the wreath (you may have to cut your burlap to proper size).
-Cut more strips of burlap and glue them to the face of the wreath. You don’t need this part to be perfect—just enough coverage that you can easily hide the white foam with the corks. I lined the wreath with burlap because it eliminates the bits of stark white foam that the corks didn’t cover. You don’t need to do the last step on the backside of the wreath unless you want to. I didn’t because the backside isn’t visible to the naked eye, but it’s your choice (I didn’t even add corks to the back because you can’t tell by the way my wreath hangs on the door).
-And now go to town on gluing/poking the corks into the foam. Make sure to insert the toothpick into the long side of the cork (for a majority of them) and don’t forget the glue. I started on one side gluing/poking a few corks at a time, then I would alternate decorating the different sides, always a few corks at a time.
-I didn’t have any pattern accept to follow some type of ordered chaos. You will need to do about two layers of the randomly placed corks. You really can’t mess this up unless you leave too many spaces in between the wine corks. Also, don’t be scared to cut some of the cork into smaller pieces because they can easily fit in some of the snug areas. Cutting cork is very easy with a regular chef’s knife.
-Once you have created the two layers on the face of the wreath, it’s time to apply the uniform cork alignment to the outer perimeter of the wreath. It’s very similar to how you glued/poked the corks into the inner part of the wreath. Again, I didn’t add corks to the backside of the wreath because you can’t tell by the way I hang it on my door. Feel free to decorate the back if you want it covered in corks (I saw it as saving a few bucks since I didn’t have to buy extra corks).
-I had a few gaps, so I proceeded to randomly add more corks on the wreath where I saw fit. Again, there really is no wrong way to create this type of look—just make sure you mix up the placement of the corks and don’t leave awkwardly shaped gaps that are difficult to fill or cover.
-If desired, add a burlap accessory. I found bunching the burlap to be much more easier and attractive than tying a bow (but blame my bow-tying skills, or lack thereof).
-Display where you see fit. You may need to leave a bit of bare space on the top back part of the wreath so you can fasten it properly to any specific type of hardware you decide to use. Don’t forget, adding a holiday bow this time of year is also a good idea.