We have channeled our inner DIY crafter to upcycle some of the wine corks we have been collecting. These boards are currently holding important information about the Co-op so our employees are currently well versed on what is going on inside the store. Below is how we tackled the project.
What You Need:
razor blade or short, sharp knife
contact cement or a hot glue gun
paint brush (if you’re using contact cement)
Save every wine cork! I can’t stress this enough. It took us about 9 months to gather the appropriate amount of corks to create our corkboards. Ask family & friends to save them for you too. To save time, ‘double’ the amount of corks you have by cutting them in half vertically with a razor blade or sharp knife (be very careful, as older corks are quite hard to cut).
Step Two: Coat the plywood
If you are choosing to use contact cement or another strong, goopy glue, we found that pre-painting the plywood first helps the corks stick. Paint evenly and let dry for 24 hours.
Step Three: Create a pattern
Step Four: Glue & place
Coat the plywood and place corks (flat side down) as quickly as you can. Working in small sections helps avoid mistakes. If you run into a bind, be creative! Cut corks into smaller pieces or use champagne or beer corks in odd corners. If you are using a glue gun, coat the back of the cork with hot glue & quickly place.
Step Five: Set aside & wait
After your corks have been placed, wait 24 hours to assure the glue is completely dry. Placing heavy books on the corkboards help keep corks firmly in place.
*Once the board is dry, you may want to paint a thin layer of Mod Podge if the corks still seem loose, however, we were fine without it*