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Tuesday Tutorial – Cork Wreath

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This is the wreath that hangs on the outside wall adjacent to my front door. My very best friend has a wreath like this that I had liked outright envied for the longest time, and I was saving corks in anticipation of someday having enough to copy her wreath. My wonderful friend suprised me last fall with a bag of corks from her niece’s wedding reception, and I finally had enough to make my own!

Here’s how I did it.

Cork Wreath

Materials:

grapevine wreath, whatever size you like. Mine is 3′ across.

wine corks, lots and lots of them. My wreath used a large paper grocery bag full. I tried to count them all as I went along but kept losing my place. My best guess is that I used about 500 corks to cover the 36″ wreath.

Hot glue gun and glue sticks. I used an entire, large economy size package of glue sticks.

Heavy wire

Spring loaded brick hanger thingy to hang the wreath on the wall. A sturdy nail works, too.

Other seasonal decorations – bows, floral sprays, etc.

NOTE: While my husband and I do drink wine with dinner often, we are in no way addicted to the stuff, and I enlisted the help of everyone I knew to help gather corks. It took me more than a year. If you are not a wine drinker, find a friend who is and ask them to save corks for you. At parties, quietly slip all the wine corks you find into your purse. Check in at your favorite italian restaurant and ask them to save corks for you – it helps if the owner is a l-o-n-g time family friend. Crash wedding receptions, hang out at the bar and steal the corks from all the bottles. As a last resort, check online for wine bottling sources and buy the darned things!

Directions:

1. Decide which way you want your wreath to hang. Add a wire loop to the back top for hanging, twisting securely. Lay wreath flat on your work surface.

2. Pick a starting point, and start gluing corks all over the grapevine wreath, pushing them close together and alternating directions. Turn the corks so that the lovely markings and emblems show. Work your way around the wreath, wrapping corks all the way around the edges. See detail picture below. Be generous with the hot glue, as it needs to coat the backs of the corks and adhere to the grapevine below.

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3. When the wreath is completely covered with corks, add decorations of your choice. I change my decorations from season to season, simply wiring the bows and floral sprays to the wreath, then arranging the ribbon and leaves so that the wires don’t show!
4. Hang your wreath Carefully. You would think that corks would make a very light wreath – NOT! All that glue and hundreds of corks add up. My wreath weighs in at a whopping 8 pounds.

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