BY CHRISTEN, WRITING TEAM INTERN
There are a handful of things that just about every college student’s walls have in common: a dreadfully bleak paint color, an attempt to hide that color with a mishmash of posters, and a cork board shrine of pictures, magazine clippings, and other various doodads with a complicated story behind it. That was fun while dorm life lasted, but now that I have an apartment of my own, I find myself searching for some sort of theme among the decor mayhem.
I got to pondering about how I could refresh the typical slab of cork in a one-inch wood frame with something a little more stylish that serves the same function. And, as always, my thinking got me somewhere! I stumbled upon the idea of making my cork board out of wine corks.
Take a look at how you can add a subtle touch of adorableness to your apartment, and get ready to make your own wine cork board!
Wine Cork Board
What you’ll need…
- Picture frame
- Mound of wine corks (amount will vary depending on size of frame)
- Hot glue gun
1. Gather your corks and decide on a pattern to place them in, within your frame. Unless you have a hankering for mathematics, this is the only way to know how many corks you’ll need to fill up the frame!
2 (optional). If your pattern is particularly fancy and you’re afraid you won’t be able to recreate it after you remove the corks to make room to glue them in, find a tray, large book, or another hard, flat object you may have laying around, that is bigger than your picture frame. Set the tray on top of the frame with your un-glued cork design in it, hold the frame and the tray tightly together at the edges, and flip them both. When you gently lift the now-face-down frame away from the corks, your design should still be in tact on the tray.
3. One by one, glue your corks into the frame, nestling them closely together. And that’s it! Now, just hang it on your wall and use it to post photographs or reminders.
P.S. You know those old buttons and that other various junk you’ve been saving just in case you happen to find a use for them one day? Today’s your day! Round up that miscellany, and keep your hot glue gun handy. Shoot a little hot glue to the back of each button, stick it to the frame, and your cork board keeps getting cuter!
What are some other ways can you put your “just in case” clutter to use?