DIY

 Cork New York – Wine Cork Wall Art

Cork New York on Dining Room Wall

State Wine Cork Wall Art

This was my first ever home decor craft so I thought it would be fitting as my first blog post. I liked this idea because I’ve always had a hard time finding ways to decorate my house that are personal and meaningful but stop short of wallpapering the house with smiling pictures of us.

Cost: $5 each (I already had frames and fabric)

Time: 2 hours

Materials:


  • Corks
  • Cork board
  • Double sided tape
  • Knife
  • Cutting board (preferably one you aren’t very attached to)
  • E6000 craft adhesive
  • Thin rope
  • Glue/glue gun
  • Fabric backdrop
  • Mod Podge
  • Frame

Lessons Learned:

  • Next time I might try soaking the corks overnight or steaming them with boiling water and letting them dry to make them easier to cut.
  • Not all corks are the same size.
  • The E6000 is extremely messy so gloves might have been a good call.

Step 1: Drink Up

Spilled Glass of Wine Corks
For me this project was triggered by the surplus of wine corks we had lying around so I took care of step 1 ahead of time. I was able to complete New York State and get about half way through Texas with corks we had stashed next to our microwave. Around El Paso my crafting outpaced my drinking and I had to order more corks.

Ideally you want to collect a wide variety of corks to add interest. If I were more organized I would have used New York State wines to make New York and Texas wines to make Texas.

Step 2: Select and outline a shape

Printed Outline of New York State

I went with state shapes because the two states I’ve spent most of my life in happen to have aesthetically pleasing silhouettes. If you’re from Colorado or Wyoming you may need to get a little more creative.

Once I had a plan I printed outlines of each shape on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. If you want to do something larger you can always crop the image onto multiple pages or order an engineering print from staples for around $2.

Step 3: Cut Cork Board and Corks

I attached the printed image to the cork board with double sided tape and just started cutting around the outline with scissors so I had a piece of cork board the shape of NY.

Cutting the Wine Corks
Then came the harder part. I used a serrated knife to cut each cork down the center long ways so it would lie flat. Most corks had a brand logo that repeated on both sides so I tried to cut them so that the entire logo was visible on each half. This was significantly more time consuming and strenuous than I anticipated. If you need to buy wine corks anyway I’d recommend buying the pre-cut halves which are available for around the same price to spare yourself the effort and potential bloodshed.

Step 4: Attach Halved Corks to Cork Board

Interlocking Wine Cork Pattern

I started in the middle and created an interlocking pattern of corks. After I laid out a handful of corks I used E6000 to stick the corks to the board. The hardest part was cutting the corks around the perimeter to line up with the cut cork board.

Wine Cork Size Disparity
At this point I realized that some corks are shorter than others. I used the shorter corks vertically and the longer ones horizontally and it ended up coming together pretty evenly.

Step 5: Glue Rope Around Outside Edges

Rope glued around outside of wine cork wall art

I used a hot glue gun to wrap rope around the outside twice. I could have skipped this step but it definitely made the whole thing look more finished.

Step 6: Attach to Fabric and Frame

Glue fabric to the back of the frame
To frame the states I coated the back of the cork board with mod podge with some sporadic hot glue and stuck that onto some fabric. Once that dried I tucked the fabric around the glass that came with each frame the same way I would wrap a present or make a bed. I used the hot glue gun to glue the fabric to the back of the glass to keep it from shifting.

Completed Wine Cork State Wall Art

New York and Texas Cork Wall Art
Anyone else’s OCD kick in when they see that I’ve placed TX to the north of NY?

Once I completed Texas and New York State wine cork wall art I hung them in our dining room. This project met all my art project requirements – it was quick, easy, cheep, hard to mess up and easy to fix when you do mess it up. Consequently, I was pretty happy with the results.

Credit: I got the idea for this craft from Etsy and there are many similar items available for purchase if you’d rather skip steps 2 through 6 and focus all your energy on step 1.