There is nothing I love more after a long day than a glass of wine with dinner. When my husband and I were both working and had 'disposable' income, we'd love to try new bottles of wine. We'd choose bottles that had cool labels or were recommended to us. Once I became a stay at home mom, our wine choice was determined more by the price than the look or recommendation. I've always loved wine labels and corks. Instead of saving a bottle from a special night, I'd always save the cork.
I have been keeping corks for about 4-5 years and had no clue what to do with them. Making a trivet or tray wasn't really practical for our decor so they just stayed in ceramic bowls on shelves. I finally stumbled upon a 'pin' that would help me put my corks to use. While making this 'pin' I choose to use all of my corks even if they weren't a cork in the traditional sense. I also flipped a couple of them to show the red wine stain for color. Even when I still had space on my letter, I still displayed it and just kept adding to it every couple of weeks. Overall, it was a cheap fun way to display my corks.
1. I purchased a 23.5" paper mache letter from JoAnn Fabrics. It was on sale for $8.99. I've seen other people use flat wooden letters as well.
2. Start in one corner and hot glue each cork individually. In trial and error, I found that corks vary in height and width so it's like a puzzle when laying them out. I personally didn't worry about the different heights but made sure the corks I liked were glued on the outside of the letter.
3. As I said above, I displayed my letter for a couple of months and kept adding to it. I was surprised at what a conversation piece this became in my kitchen.
4. Finished!!! I'm really excited about how this turned out. I like the different colors, textures and sizes of the corks and think it makes it more visually interesting.