Today's crafty recycled project incorporates something that lots of people collect in their junk draw but don't ever use.... wine corks! I have a nice pile of them thanks to Theresa and Mom ;)
Anyway...we're going to take these corks and turn them into something useful ~ bulletin boards!
(This was actually going to be a project in the book that I didn't have room for!)
Wine Cork Bulletin Board
Sturdy Foundation (foam tray, photo frame, canvas, plaque, thick chipboard, etc.)
Embellishments (as desired)
1. Choose your foundation...it needs to be sturdy enough to take a bit of weight, and soak up the glue you will be using to adhere the corks.
Here are just a few options...foam trays, picture frames, canvas (back or front), old plaques, thicker chipboard. Be cautions when using the chipboard. We will be using a good amount of glue so it may warp if it's not sturdy enough.
2. Rough fit the corks onto your foundation and decide upon the design lay-out. This step is very important. First it ensures you have enough wine corks to complete your bulletin board and you can also take this time to custom fit the corks to fit your needs.
3. If necessary, trim the corks to fit your design. You must use a sharp craft knife. If your knife isn't sharp enough the cork will crumble instead of producing a nice clean edge.
4. Once your design is finalized and everything fits into place, remove one cork at a time and glue each cork into place. If you have to remove all of the corks for whatever reason take a photo of the cork design before removing them to aid in placement when gluing. Let the glue dry completely.
5. Decorate as desired.
6. Attach a way to hang your board. You could create a ribbon hanger or use pre-made picture hangers from the hardware store. If you are using a photo frame you could even use the stand that came with the frame for a desk top bulletin board.
And you'll end up with something like this....
I will share the finished project tomorrow after it has dried and I have a chance to decorate it :)
So...now you have a good excuse to go buy that bottle of wine (or two or three...) LOL!!