I collected wine corks for years, not knowing what to do with them. I had this idea a few years ago and I'm delighted with the results. Very easy to make - just a bit of cutting and glueing.
The photos were taken after I'd finished the board as I've only just decided to share this with the world.
Step 1: Preparations
You will need:
Lots of corks.
A Stanley knife.
A piece of hardboard for the back.
4 screws and wall plugs.
Step 2: Making a Start
Essentially all you need to do is glue the corks to the board, but I wanted mine to be a bit more fancy. I hid the fact that there was a backboard by cutting a semi-circular sliver away from the end of all the edge corks. The rebate is then glued to the edge of the board with the lip hanging over. If you do this, make sure your board is a full cork short of the final width (or height) of the board.
On each of the corners you will need to cut away a quarter circle, obviously.
Step 3: Filling In
Originally my plan was to have a nice uniform rows and columns arrangement but in practice this is impossible unless your corks are all from the same wine. So, I started from one end gluing some edge corks, and then filling in the rows as I went along.
I made sure that they were not too tightly spaced so that I could make slight adjustments where i had a wider diameter cork.
When I got around half-way I started at the other end so that the inconsistencies in alignment met in the middle.
Step 4: Details and Fixing
As I was gluing the corks down I tried to vary the different coloured ends randomly. Some were quite dark red and some lighter, and the white wine ones cork-coloured.
The other thing I did was made sure that each of the side corks had interesting and unique printing on them.
To fix to the wall I left each of the four corner corks inside the edge corks unglued so that I could drill a hole into the backboard and fix it to the wall. The just replace the cork in it's hole without glueing so that you can unfix it if necessary.