DIY Cork Bulletin Board
Cork Bulletin Board Project: Great ideas are often simple and when you find one that's also practical, inexpensive and looks great you want to share it with the world. This is a DIY bulletin board idea that puts wine corks to good use and the best part - it costs very little to make.
Emily from simplyem.blogspot.com designed a fun bulletin board project that will use up those wine corks you've been saving and put them to good use. Materials required include your wine cork hoard, a deep sided picture frame you'd like to re-purpose, some paint, a hot glue gun and some free time. Be sure to visit Emily's blog for more of her great project ideas and start saving those wine corks if you don't have enough just yet.
Paint the frame: For this wine cork bulletin board project you will want to paint your frame to make the cork stand out. Black works but you might prefer to use a different color which is fine, matching the frame with the backing works well. Give it enough time to dry before applying any glue.
Test Fit Wine Corks: Step #3, after saving enough wine corks and prepping your frame you will want to test fit your wine corks into the bulletin board area to make sure they fit properly without leaving too wide a gap on any side or at the top and bottom. You can cut a cork with a fine saw to make it fit properly into your bulletin board frame. After everything looks good and you are happy with the design you can slide to the next step and prepare to glue the corks in place.
Glue Corks In Place: Step #4 is to glue your cork onto your bulletin board. Take your time and try to avoid having a cork roll in the glue, any glue on the top side of the wine cork will become visible and you want to avoid that. With a little work you can pick the side of the cork you want showing if having the wine name or logo showing is important to you. Let the glue dry by placing the entire bulletin board on a flat surface, dry time varies by type of glue used. Make sure to protect your work surface when working with a hot glue gun like Emily did.
Completed DIY Project: That's it, enjoy your DIY bulletin board project results. Emily choose to make three identical boards and to stack them on her wall but you can place them on the wall any way you choose. Taking your time to prepare and test fit everything will go a long way to making the finished bulletin board look fantastic. You might also want to test different wine cork types before final gluing, some are made of synthetic material which might not last as long when you stick a pin in them. Enjoy the results!
Alternative Ideas: Another option for your DIY bulletin board project is to use something other than a picture frame as the backing. See what you can come up with to make your project unique. Here is an example of a serving tray as backing and with the wine corks arranged differently, the rounded wooden edges of the tray create an entirely different effect.