Make a Wine Cork Wreath for your holiday door

Welcome guests with this fun twist on the traditional Holiday wreath.

I saw a wine cork wreath displayed as an auction item at a local Holiday show and just had to have it. Since I didn’t “win” the auction, I decided to make it.

This “craft” was something that I had intended to keep up as part of my Holiday decor, but it came out so well that, once the Christmas Decorations come down, I am going to find a permanent place for it in my home.

This would make the perfect gift for that wine lover in your family.

Follow these simple steps and you are sure to be just as happy with the final product — have fun, don’t burn your fingers and, as always, enjoy!

Making a Wine Cork Wreath

Supplies:
12 inch Straw wreath base (found at most craft stores)
Hot Glue Gun
Glue Sticks (I used a lot. Most of a bag of 200 mini sticks.)
Wine Corks (120 for the first row, Another 100+ for the second row)
Twine or Floral wire
a vacuum (to clean up, the straw wreath makes a mess)

Steps:

Unwrap your straw wreath, being careful not to remove the twine holding it together.

Attach a loop of twine or floral wire around the straw wreath base. Do this first, as it will serve as your hanging “hook” once the gluing is complete.

Layer 1:
Begin to cover the entire front of your wreath base with corks laying side by side.


To ensure they adhere strongly, run hot glue down one complete side of each cork.

Start by lining the corks up neatly and tightly in the center of the wreath base.


Keep this first layer of corks as flat as you can, cutting smaller corks pieces if they do not match up when you complete each row.


Cover as much straw as possible.


Layer one complete. Yeah!
No need to cover the back of the wreath base, as it will hang flat against your wall or door.

Layer 2:
This is where you can start getting creative, and more particular about how you place your corks.
The goal is to create a random pattern while still tightly gluing the corks in place.
You may not need as much hot glue for some, and you may need to add more hot glue to other corks after you place them.

As you go around the wreath the second time, have fun.


Look at each cork and place the desired side (pretty design or logo) of the cork up.

For example, I had a few dozen “special” corks I had saved from anniversary dinners, or other occasions. I saved them for the second layer. I also was careful to glue the cork design that I wanted to show facing up, by gluing on the opposite side.

Add a bow, if you like.

Or, hang with a themed ribbon. Cheers. Enjoy!

Beth

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Montgomery James

After living in California for several years, Beth and her husband, Rod, relocated to Florida, to live, work, and play. They have two adorable daughters, and Beth is very involved with her children’s schools as a parent volunteer, Daisy troupe, and other community organizations such as the Junior League. Beth enjoys crafts, yoga and fitness, as well as a nice glass of Chardonnay. Beth is a graphic designer who has worked on national and international ad campaigns for top consumer brands, and now brings her talents to a variety of projects in and around Central Florida. In addition for bringing classic elegance to everything she touches, Beth has a natural talent for making everything pretty, from kids’ birthday parties to her garden.

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3 Responses to “Make a Wine Cork Wreath for your holiday door”

  1. Kimberley — December 12, 2011 @ 10:54 pm (#
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    Love, love,love this!!! I’ve been saving corks for what seems like forever to make a wreath similar to yours! Gorgeous!!

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  2. Karen — December 13, 2011 @ 3:48 pm (#
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    What a great wreath! Many people would have stopped with the first layer of corks, but by adding the second layer it has such added depth and dimension!

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  3. Abbey — December 20, 2011 @ 5:30 pm (#
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    If you want corks in a hurry to create this project, you don’t have drink all the wine! You can order corks online. For example: http://www.amazon.com/Recycled-corks-restaurants-wineries-project/dp/B002UGL3T4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1324420174&sr=8-1

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