Reusing Wine Corks to Make a Corkboard

A background of wine corks.
  • 2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 0-25
What You'll Need
Unique frame
Used wine corks
Tacky glue
Picture frame
Heavy cardboard

Create your own, unique corkboard by reusing your collection of old wine corks. This cork board will cost you merely pennies to create and, besides serving as a message center, will give you a great conversation piece. More importantly, it uses old, used material that would otherwise end up at a landfill.

It's an easy task that can be a fun family project or a great "girls night in" activity. You can hang one in your kitchen for messages and recipes, in your office, or even in your living room or hallway to hang photos. Wherever you choose to hang your homemade corkboard, you are sure to receive many compliments on the unique design.

Step 1 - Ready the Frame

The first step will be to prepare the frame. Remove the glass (if it's a store-purchased frame) and cut your heavy-grade cardboard to fit. Glue the cardboard in the frame. Allow at least 30 minutes for the glue to set before moving on to the next step.

Step 2 - Arrange the Corks

Before you start to glue in the corks, decide what kind of arrangement you want. You can arrange them in alternating pairs from horizontal to vertical for a unique look, or, for a more basic corkboard, you can simply place the corks side-by-side until the frame is full. The more tightly you pack in the corks, the more secure the board will be. This will make it much easier to get the correct placement when you start to glue.

Step 3 - Start Gluing

Glue the corks one at a time. Depending on the size of the corkboard you are making, this can be a tedious job. Place a small line of glue along the back of the cork and press it into the cardboard firmly. Continue to do this to each cork until the board is full.

If you need to pause the project for any reason, place a thumbtack in the cork you left off on so you can easily find your place when you return. Allow plenty of time for the glue to set before you hang up the board. In most cases, leaving the board flat for a day will be sufficient.

Step 4 - Mount the Board

With the corkboard assembled and dry, your only remaining step is to hang up the board. Use the picture frame mounting for this. If the board isn't heavy, use double-sided mounting tape. If it is, use mounting screws. Use your level to make sure the board is even when hung. Place a few thumbtacks in the board, and it's ready to use.