Notice Board Made With Wine Corks

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.

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Step 1: Preparations

You will need:

Lots of corks.
A Stanley knife.
A piece of hardboard for the back.
A drill.
4 screws and wall plugs.
Wood glue.

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.

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    9 years ago on Step 4

    I like the unique "on end" orientation.
    very clever to keep the screws accessible.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    i made one of these for my mum last christmas coz we had just moved house n i was using up all the rubbish i had in my room lol. the way i did it may be better for people with less corks: slice each cork in half lenghtways then glue the flat edge to a piece of plywood. this means that each cork takes up much more space, and also makes the board a bit flatter.

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, I've been doing it this way for awhile now. I made a fixture out of scrap oak T&G flooring to hold the cork horizontally, and guide the knife in a slot over the center of the cork. I used to use a Ginsu chef's knife, but I switched to an Ikea ergonomic bread knife to save my wrist from destruction. Hot-melt glue (hardware-store kind, not low-temp craft store kind) works well and is fast. The nice designs winemakers put on their corks can be showcased with careful orientation of the cork before slicing. This makes a nice commemorative gift for that special someone if you use corks from special bottles you've shared.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    What a corking idea... tho' I think you may have consumed too much wine for your tender years.

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