Made it Myself Monday number three! Today’s project is another picture frame update, with the original idea pinned here. This time, the frame becomes a cork board. How you use it is up to you! Now, let’s get to work.
What you’re going to need:
- Picture frame (whatever size you want)
- Cardboard, cut to fit in the frame (corrugated works best)
- Felt, to cover cardboard (pick a color you like, it will probably show in some spots)
- Wine corks (enough to fill the open space in the frame – I used 12 for this 5×7 frame)
- White glue
- Hot glue gun & glue sticks
First, cut the cardboard to fit inside the frame and glue the felt around it. The felt-wrapped cardboard will replace the glass. You could, in theory, keep the glass and wrap IT in the felt instead. However, I decided to use cardboard in case the frame ever falls. Broken glass isn’t fun to clean up, and you’d need to replace it anyway.
Next, glue the felt-wrapped cardboard onto the frame back with the felt seam facing the back. This will help ensure that your cork board will stay in place and not slip around while you attach push pins or notes.
While waiting for the frame & cardboard combo to dry, start laying out and hot gluing your wine corks into strips, or other pattern sections. If you’re like me, and don’t drink enough wine to supply your own corks, you can always check with friends, restaurants, or buy corks online to speed up the “collection” process.
When you start gluing the corks, be sure to keep one side level to a flat surface (like a table). If your corks get glued off-center, they won’t lay as well on the background and it will be harder to make them stay put.
Now, hot glue the back FLAT side of the corks to the front of the felt in the frame. Lay the frame on a table or other hard surface, and put a heavy book on top of it for 30 minutes while the hot glue dries. Again, this will help ensure a good, solid bond between the two surfaces so the frame doesn’t come apart with use.And that’s it!
Aside from the cork collecting and cooling time, this project maybe took half an hour. Obviously, if you’re using a bigger frame, it will take longer, but this really wasn’t time consuming and it looks adorable.
I’m not much of a “Oh, this be a great wedding present” person, but this WOULD be neat to make shortly after a wedding or for a first anniversary… something like that. It would probably be especially cool if you managed to snag the corks from the wedding festivities, but that’s just me.
What do you think? Do you have any other ideas for wine corks, picture frames, or even hot glue gun projects? Share your thoughts, I would love to hear them!
Until Foodie time, happy pin-testing!