9.02.2010

Cork Wreath Tutorial

Well, it's my third day back to work after an awesome summer vacation, and I'm already exhausted! :)
I have spent the past 72 hours lifting, moving, organizing, creating, gluing, arranging, and rearranging my new classroom (WHICH, by the way, is HUGE and BRIGHT!)
Somewhere between tripping over a cardboard box and burning my finger on a hot glue gun, I thought-
OOH! I gotta write that tutorial I've been promising!

So here it is!
Thank you so much for your comments about how the wreath turned out! 
Here is how I made it...

Supplies: Corks, Straw Wreath, Toothpicks, Hot Glue Gun

1. Collect as many corks as you can find, and by that I mean literally ask for them from everyone you know! You'll need as many as you can get your hands on.
2. Buy a straw wreath (I bought one with a 14 inch diameter from Michaels) and leave the plastic on the wreath. You won't be taking it off.

3. Take a toothpick, put a dab of hot glue on one end of it, and stick it into one end of a cork. Then put a dab of glue on the other end of the toothpick and stick that end into the wreath. Start inside the wreath and go all the way around the circle like my picture shows below.

4. Make sure you put each toothpick in at an angle- *do not stick them straight into the wreath*.

Don't be fooled by the number of corks in this picture. I also had an entire shoebox full off to the side :).
5. After you've finished the first circle layer and your wreath looks like mine above, begin building outwards by making another circle of corks, and another, until you've reached the outer edge of the wreath. Make sure you angle all of the corks in the same direction as best you can. It took me 8 layers of circles to reach the outer side of the wreath.
6. Don't get discouraged if you think it doesn't look quite right as you're making it. Mine didn't really start looking like anything until the 5th layer of corks. So just keep going!!
7. Because then, before you know it, TA-DAAAA! You'll have created your very own masterpiece! 
I chose to use all natural colored corks, with the exception of one with a leopard print to add a little sparkle. But I'm sure it would look great with different colored corks as well!
GREAT luck with your wreaths, and please let me know if you have any questions!

P.S. To see my original post about my wreath, just click on the DIY label under this post!

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19 comments:

Erin said...

Absolutely stunningly gorgeous!!!!

Kelley said...

Very cute...I have been collecting corks too... just not certain what to do with them yet. I love your wreath!

have a great weekend.

Whitney said...

love love love!! if i only drank as much as you :)!

the cape on the corner said...

that's awesome! i absolutely love it. thanks for the tutorial! stopping by from my backyard eden.

allison @ itstoilegood.blogspot.com said...

this is amazing! Love how you arranged them on the wreath! I've been saving mine for a LONG time, but am going to need a few more to make this project! Hmmm - maybe I'll start with a glass right now! Thanks for sharing!

Madigan at madiganmade said...

This is just lovely! Great idea!

Katie said...

Visiting from TGC, and I just LOVE this idea!! So unique! Sadly, I probably have enough corks to do two wreaths ;) Will have to give it a try soon!

Michelle @ Ten June said...

What a CUTE idea! I love it! Especially since it creates incentive to finish off a few bottles of vino! :) Thanks for visiting over at Ten June!

xo- Michelle

Mary said...

I've been saving my wine corks for a long time. I'm definitely going to make one of these.

It will look great for the fall!

MomofAJ said...

Stunning! I masterpiece wreath for sure.

Sheri@childmade.com said...

That turned out so lovely! I don't know how I could ever come up with that many corks. I wonder what else could be used yet come up with the same effect? I'll have to think on that for a while. Thanks for sharing ... I've posted a link.

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

That is such a fun wreath! I love it and I think it turned out great!!!

xoxo
Jen

southerninspirationsblog said...

What a wreath! I also collect corks and would love to someday have enough to make a wreath like yours. Maybe I will ask my wino friends to start saving their corks for me! It would take me 10 more years to have enough on my own! Thanks for the great tutorial!

Kaysi said...

That is so fun!

Olga said...

The wreath looks fantastic! Nice tutorial, it doesn't sound too difficult. The only difficulty would be to collect that many corks.
thanks for joining me ;-)

Annie Louise said...

Awesome wreath, it looks fantastic.
Jeanette

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Kristin @ Daydream Designs said...

I love this idea!! I have a ton of corks I have been saving and now I know exactly what I will be doing with them! The only problem is that I'll probably be drinking more wine after that because I know all my friends will want one too ;) Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial!!

Julia said...

This wreath is incredible! I would love to link to it on my site AllFreeChristmasCrafts.com. I think readers would go crazy for this project. If this is something you'd be interested in, please contact me. My address is jlitz (at) primecp (dot) com. Thanks and have a great day!

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