DIY: Cork Tray

My boyfriend and I have a love affair with wine.  Many of our dates consists of great food and a great bottle of wine.  I started collecting the corks when we first started dating and before I knew it, I had a bag full.  I needed to figure out what to do with them.  This DIY project evolved into so many things.  At first, I wanted to make a cork board but the corks were too pretty to have pins through them.  Then, I thought that maybe I could frame them and hang them on a wall but wall space is scarce in our apartment.  I finally decided to make a tray for our ottoman in the living room so we can see it everyday.  When I was making this tray, I was surprised by how many of the corks I recognized and where and when we drank the wine.  It brought back so many great memories like our trips to Napa and Buenos Aires, our first official date, and dinner parties we’ve had at our apartment.  This project, which was just a way to use the corks we had, turned into a scrapbook of our great times together.  It’s easy and here’s how to make it…

You will need:

  • Wine corks (I used 180)
  • Shadow box (mine was 20″ x 18″ from Michael’s)
  • Cork wall tiles package of 4
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

1. I started by measuring the cork tiles so that they all measured out to be 20′” x 18″. I only ended up using 3 of the 4 tiles. I cut the tiles as needed and hot glue gunned them together. I placed the cork tiles into the shadow box to see if it would fit. It was a little big so I had to cut a little more around the edges. I never claimed to be great at math!

2. You have to decide which side of the cork to show and then glue the opposite side.

3. Press the cork firmly onto the cork tiles.

4. Aren’t the corks pretty?

5. Keep going until you get to the end.

6. I found that at the end, since all the corks were different sizes, that the edges were not lined up. I left it the way it was but if it bothers you, you can cut additional corks to fit the edges.