After the party has ended, the table cleared, the dishes washed, all the remnants of the wine bottles remain. What to do with the bottles and the corks? The labels can be removed and mounted, but what of the corks? With some glue and a hammer, those corks can easily be transformed from a hassle into a decorative bulletin board for your kitchen.
- wood glue
- wine corks
- quarter inch plywood
- hanging fixtures
- tape measure or ruler
- Assuming the wine corks are all of identical or similar size, measure the length and width of one. This will provide the approximate area of one wine cork when it is laid down to be used as a flat surface. Multiply this by the number of wine corks to get the approximate total area.
- Cut the plywood to the total area of your corks. This may need adjustment at the end of the process, but this will yield a general plan.
- Paint a thin layer of wood glue in the center of the plywood and lay out the first few corks in a consistent pattern. The specific choice is a matter of creative license: one cork vertical with two horizontal beside it; two vertical and two horizontal; anything which can be repeated across the entire board is possible. Once your pattern is set, continue to glue the corks to the board.
- After the board is covered, let it sit flat for three days to allow the glue to dry completely. Once the glue is dry, cut away any excess board.
- Carefully mount your fixture on the back of your new bulletin board and to the wall where it will hang. Set it in place and admire your craft skills.
The bulletin board can be used like any other. The corks are the same material; one need only be aware of the crevices to avoid pushing a pin where no cork exists. With only that caveat, the board you now have in your home is far more stylish than anything which can be purchased at a store and worth every minute you spent creating it.