***Disclosure: Tutorial provided by: Birds & Blooms and its December/January 2014 issue. All opinions are 100% mine.***
Wine Cork Wreath
Nothing says welcome quite like a wreath. Tired of pine boughs and twigs? This year, hang up your own “vintage creation. Cheers!
• Styrofoam wreath base
• About 80 corks
• Styrofoam-safe, fast-drying glue
• Ribbon and other decorative items
• Serrated knife
• Light to medium brown spray paint
1. To make things easier, saw the wreath base in half with a serrated knife, giving the wreath a flat back. In its original form, it’s a thick circle of Styrofoam that would take a lot of corks to cover.
2. Cover the base with spray paint to camouflage any exposed areas that the corks might not fully cover.
3. Starting along the inside of the base, glue the corks on one at a time. Complete an entire ring, working your way toward the outside as you go.
4. Tips: Position the corks facing out so you can see the variety of designs. Before gluing, experiment with different patterns. You can keep the corks neatly aligned as in the wreath at the left, or you can try adjusting the angles to give the whole thing a more layered look. Keep in mind that if you try a pattern variation, you may need more corks.
5. Now it’s time for the fun part. Add a ribbon to hang your wreath. If you like, adorn it with grapes, birds, flowers, or anything that suits your fancy!
Insider Tip: No wine corks? Now worries. Craft stores and online vendors sell them by the bag.