Monday, January 18, 2010
When I first started crafting, these cork wreaths were my first major accomplishment! I have made about eight of them now and they live in my friend's and family's houses around the country...one even went all the way to Michigan from my home state of California!
Cork Wreath Tutorial:
Step 1: Purchase a Styrofoam wreath (I purchase mine at Michael's but I am sure they are available at all craft stores) 12 inches in diameter.
Step 2: Spray paint the wreath using a dark brown paint. I used whatever we had lying around since it was going to be mostly covered anyway.
Step 3: I layer the inside circle with champagne corks - alternating right side up and upside down as shown in the picture below. I use a hot glue gun to glue the corks in place. You could use just normal corks but I like the thickness of the champagne corks.
Step 4: Use a hot glue gun to glue the on corks until you like the shape of your wreath! I asked my friends and family to save me corks and you'd be amazed at how many they found for me! Many wineries, restaurants and bars will also give you their corks if you ask nicely :)
Step 5: Attach either a hand-made or store bought bow using your glue gun or the twist tie that comes with many store bought bows. I love the Martha Stewart bows that they sell at KMart though this year the selection wasn't as good as in years past.
Step 6: Add embellishments like small ornaments, vines with grape bunches, etc. The possibilities are endless!
Step 7: Cut a circle with an outside diameter of 12 inches and and inside diameter of 8 inches out of a sturdy material (I used 1/4 inch Masonite and cut it with a Band saw - well, to give credit where credit's due my Dad cut it for me as the Band saw is at his house) then drill a nail hole into the top of the circle. Next, glue the Masonite ring to the back of the wreath - I find that wood glue works very well. *You may want to drill the nail hole after attaching the Masonite ring to the wreath to ensure that the wreath hangs exactly how you want it and you don't accidentally place the nail hole so that the ribbon hangs sideways...not that I have done that or anything! ;)
Step 8: Hang your wreath and enjoy!
I will be selling cork wreaths in addition to cork trivets and coasters on my Etsy shop once I get it up and running (I'm waiting for our new computer to arrive as our old one doesn't seem to want to run many programs any more!) but if you would like me to make you one of these beautiful wreaths please send me an email by clicking on the email tab on this blog. Vist again soon for tutorials on cork trivets and coasters!
Chris and I (with a little help from my parents!) made these cork coasters as favors for our wedding in 2007.