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Wine Art 101

February 18, 2010

Hello. Welcome to my home. Upon entering the second floor, you will see these two chic cork boards hanging over our vintage, handmade wine bar. Yes, yours truly crafted both cork boards and the wine bar with the help of my Dad. Slap a hammer in my hand and call me Bob Villa.  

Wine makes for sexy, sophisticated décor. At least I would like to think so. I’m not a designer like my talented friend, Audrey of The [Artful] Abode, but I’d like to think that I have a knack for making things look pretty. Ok, maybe not. At any rate, if you’re interested in making a cork board, here’s the recipe:

Wine Cork Board

  • Wide load of wine corks
  • Wooden wine cork board frame
  • Elmer’s wood glue

Drink a lot of wine. You will need almost 100 corks to fill the board. The authentic corks work best. We used a few synthetic ones but they’re not as au natural as original corks. Ask your friends and family to drink wine and collect corks, too. Cork board making is a team effort.

Build the frame yourself with the help of your dad or order a frame here. They make a great gift!   When you’re ready, place the corks two at a time alternating horizontally and vertically. Fill up the wood frame with corks. Once all corks are placed exactly where you want them, you’re ready to glue. Spread glue on each cork and place the cork back in its spot. Let the glue dry for a whole day. Ask your husband/man-friend to hang the cork board while you help navigate it to its perfect place. No, no, to the left. Ok. Ok. A little to the right. Oh, up, up. No, no down a little bit. And to the right. There! Wait, wait, straighten it out. Ok, that’s it!

An hour later … ask your husband if you think it would look better on that other wall instead?

Voila! A sophisticated yet economical work of art!

One Comment leave one →
  1. theartfulabode permalink
    February 18, 2010 3:22 pm

    Thanks for the shout out! And you are so totally creative – those wine boards look awesome! We have an ice bucket full of corks but haven’t decided what to do with them yet. Maybe a wine board is in my future?

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