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DIY Wine Cork Mat and Other Ideas

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It is not a secret that people like to craft. They like to make things out of other things. They can always collect supplies and store many things that have no set purpose, they are just in case supplies. There can be bags of acorns, wine corks, rocks, scraps of fabric, toilet paper rolls, because people can really make something interesting things, using these for the first thought not usable things.

Reused Wine Cork Mat

Wine Cork Mat

Wine Cork Mat

One day you can notice the bags of collected wine corks that are around your place for no apparent purpose, especially, if you are one of those people who do like to collect things.

When creating something for the first time, you might have a fear of not getting what you think you can get that it would not turn out as expected. It might take you longer than you planned, but you can do accomplish your goal and get what you really wanted to have.

The outline of this project is quite easy and not that complicated as might be thought.

How to Make a Wine Cork Mat

What you will need:

  • Approximately 175 corks (plus some extrra)
  • Hot glue sticks
  • A shelf liner
  • Glue gun
  • Pocket knife
  • Cutting board
  • Rotary cutter and mat
  • Yardstick
  • Coarse sand paper

Procedure

1. Cut each cork in half lengthwise with a sharp pocketknife. Be patient and careful so you do not cut a finger off. It is best, if you use natural cork wine corks that are similar length and width. Sand the bottoms flat, if any of your cuts are jagged.

2. Arrange the corks into a rectangle, flat sides down. Use a ruler or the lines on a cutting mat to make sure your configuration of corks is as close to a straight rectangle as possible. My mat is 18.5 x 30 inches (10 x 35 cork halves)—a little smaller than a standard size bath mat, but then my bathroom is smaller than a standard size bathroom.

3. Measure and cut the shelf liner to size with a rotary cutter, ruler, and cutting mat.

4. Transfer the outer rows/columns of corks to the shelf liner and glue them to the top side of the liner. Apply a rectangle-shaped line of glue to the flat side of each cork, about 1/8 inch from the edge, line up the cork with the edge of the mat, and press hard. Wipe away any glue dribbles before it hardens fully, but after it cools.

5. Once your frame is in place, transfer the rest of the corks to their corresponding position on the mat. You will probably have to do some arranging and trading places to make all the corks fit. Then remove one cork at a time and glue it down. You have finished!

Other Ideas

Reused Wine Cork Shadow Box Table

Wine Cork Sahdow Box Table

Wine Cork Shadow Box Table

You can built the shadow box table with a little paint, glass, and plywood. You can be surprised that no every cork is the same size. Some are short and fat and others are long and skinny so you have to consider it to make sure that duplicates are spaced far apart. It will be definitely worth the spent hours of arranging and rearranging thought because it is a great conversation piece.

Wine Cork Art Work

Wine Cork Art Work

This incredible work of cork art was created using plywood, mastic, construction adhesive, and polyurethane. The glossy polyurethane provides a finish not often associated with the matte texture of wine corks. The ending result is a adorably textured wall hanging that would be a great addition to any room.

Wine Cork Notes Board

Wine Cork Notes Board

This charming board for the notes is a nice addition to the wall and you who like to leave some messages for the family members before you leave your house.

Wine Cork Name Cards Holder

Wine Cork Name cards Holder

You have some corks… now time to add the names!  Simply print each name on the place cards using the directions with the kit. Push each card into the slot on the top of the cork.

Wine Cork Windmill

Wine Cork Windmill

What a charming windmill! It will definitely decorate any entrance of the house, any patio, or any outdoor living space.

All of these do look attractive. There are many uses for corks besides artfully storing. These are just a few of all of the great ideas about using wine corks in designs.

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