wine cork trivet & board

inspired by this feature, i took a new approach to using leftover wine corks. below are two tutorials for using sliced discs of wine cork & you can find images here.

the cork trivet - this project was much more tedious than i had expected. slicing the cork was not an easy task. i ended up using a standard chef's knife to cut the cork & found that it wasn't that bad. once i had them sliced, my hands were kind of sore & pushing the needle through was not simple. i gave up, sat back & drank wine while natalie made dinner. a couple weeks later (yesterday) i decided to try again.

what you need:
leftover wine corks (5 or 6)
sharp knife
sewing needle
wire brad or nail
mod podge

1. using your knife, cut the corks into 1/4" discs
2. using a nail & hammer, create 2 holes on opposite ends of the discs for ease of threading.
3. thread your needle & tie a large knot at the end
4. thread 6 discs into a hexagon. the first thread should come up from the bottom of disc 1 & down through disc 2, up through the opposite side of disc 2 & down through disc 3. this continues on until you have a complete shape, coming down through the open end of disc 1.
5. move on to add the second hexagon by coming up through disc 7 & threading through another 6 discs. add the third hexagon in the similar fashion.
5. now that you have 3 hexagons threaded into one shape, you'll add the connecting discs. starting with new thread, come up through the a new spot on disc 2, down through disc a, back up the opposite end of disc a, down through disc b & finally back down disc 8. tie off the end.
6. continue to do that for the other 2 openings.
7. carefully flip the discs over onto a protective surface. apply a small amount of mod podge or adhesive to create a more stable base.
8. let dry for 2 hours.

helpful tips:

1. the nail holes will be hard to find, but definitely easier on your hands
2.make sure to carefully pull thread to create the right tension after each hexagon. this is really touchy, so make small pulls.
3. use a piece of wood or wax paper as the protective surface when applying the mod podge as paper may adhere to the cork & thread.

the refrigerator cork board
- this one is very simple, especially if you have leftover cork discs.

what you need:
leftover cork discs (wine corks & chef's knife)
hot glue gun & glue
small sheet (8" x 5") of galvanized steel (available at home depot)
strong magnet or magnet strips

1. heat up glue gun
2. apply small amount of glue on bottom of a disc & place in the top left corner of the panel
3. continue placing the discs snug to each other in a row, the second row will lie in between each disc in the first row & so on. i made 5 rows of cork, for a half & half magnet & cork board.
4. adhere the magnet to the back of the steel panel using hot glue unless you have self adhesive magnet strips.

UDPATE - abigail's full tutorial here


curegirl0421 said...

I LOVE the cork board, what a great idea and a great repurposing of all those (however many, just a few...ahem...) wine corks I have around the house! :) I know at least 3 people who are getting those cork/magnet boards for the holidays this year... maybe I'll get fancy and paint on the steel too... :)

Thanks for the idea!

meg said...

thanks for the great tutorials. Now I just need to suck back a couple bottles of wine and I'll be ready to roll.

Unknown said...

I wonder if an "automatic knife" like the one my grandparents used to cut a turkey when they got older would work well for this project. You could use tongs to hold the cork to avoid any potential finger damage.

Or, you could use a table saw. If only I had one of those lying around..

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the ideas...I tried to make the trivet but it was REALLY hard!! The hexagons wouldn't come out even. I ended up cutting some corks length wise and sewing them together in a heringbone pattern to make a trivet...it turned out pretty good. It took about 3.5 hours and one bottle of vino.

Caley said...

This is such a great idea for leftover corks! I've actually featured this as part of the Foodie page of our Homemade Christmas Gift Guide at favecrafts.com. (Brand new crafting website being built with the help of the readers' of a popular crafting newsletter) Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

You can also fill up an old picture frame with wine corks laid in a pattern you like. I have made 3 of these as presents. Find a frame with a solid back like masonite, or cut some plywood to fill in the back. A skinny frame works best. This avoids the cutting the corks problem.

Anonymous said...

I started a little early this year and started making wine cork boards. I got the idea from a friend that wanted to make herself one and never has. I have been saving corks for her for along time so I had plenty. I am using all kinds of different containers to make them, but I like the idea of the steel and I to might get creative and do alittle painting on it to customize it for a certain decore in a friends house. I have 6 done now, this idea will be my 7th. Thanks

Greenergy: For Sustainable Lifestyle said...

Hi... Thanks for the suggestion... We tried cutting the corks but the size is not even... Any suggestions for that

Dusti said...

Love using up my wine corks. Such a great idea. I created something similar and posted it on my blog: http://wanttogetcrafty.blogspot.com/2011/05/imitationflattery-wine-cork-letter.html

Thanks for the idea.