Saturday 21 March 2015

DIY: Recycling materials to make a beautiful cork board!

A few days ago, I received my first Nature box. The snacks were amazing (in fact, they were gone by the end of the second day), but I was left with the empty shipping box. I have been meaning to make my own cork board for quite some time now and using the cardboard from the box seemed like a good idea!

All the corks I got were by going to a restaurant and asking if I could have any bottle corks for a project. I was able to get all of my bottle corks from the first restaurant I visited! So no, I am not a crazy wine drinker! hehe

It was quite simple constructing this little board

First gather your supplies:

  • Card board cut to your desired cork board size
  • Glue gun and refills
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Stapler/tape

Step One: Cut all corks in half lengthwise. I preferred to have a flatter cork board and snugger fitting corks, but you are more than welcome to use the corks as is.

Step two: Begin gluing the corks down with your glue gun onto the cardboard. 
TIP: Along the edges, try to glue them so about a centimeter hangs off the cardboard. This way, you will not see the cardboard from the side.  Also every time I started a new row, I staggered the corks

Step 3: Trim the sides so all the corks align. Again, feel free to leave it as is if you like the look! This is all about making something you love!

Step 5: Staple or tape ribbon to the back so you can hang your masterpiece! TIP: if you choose to use tape, be sure its something sticky like duct tape since scotch tape will unfortunately cause your piece to fall down :( 

Feel free to be as creative as you want. You can make your cork board different shapes. Or the glue the corks down in a pattern for example zigzags! Be as imaginative as you like! Maybe even paint it or frame it!

Side note... I LOVE CUPCAKES so I was all excited when I saw a lot of my corks where from a wine by "Cupcake Vineyards." The cork had a an adorable little cupcake logo on it!

I would love to see your creations so please leave pictures in the comments for me!


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