Holiday Wine Cork Wreath
To many, wreaths are a symbol of the holiday season. This year, celebrate your own way with a wreath made from repurposed wine corks. This festive wreath is completely customizable â€” just add sprigs of greenery, a few faux berries, or a red holiday bow for a little extra zing.Â
Things You'll Need
- 12-inch straw wreath form
- Roll of gold or red ribbon
- Plastic tablecloth or wax paper
- 200 or so wine corks
- Hot glue gun with high-heat glue sticks
- Extra embellishments: faux berries, sprigs of greenery, jingle bells, etc.
Readying the Wreath
Not all straw wreath forms are created equally; some shed quite a bit. Gently brush the form with your hand to remove loose bits of straw. If the straw seems loose in general, wrap twine around it every few inches to tighten up the entire structure. Tie the twine and snip off the loose ends.
Make a Hanger Hookup
Your wreath needs a way to hang once you've added the corks. Make a simple hidden loop by tying one short piece of twine fairly tight around the wreath, then again approximately 2 inches away. Connect the two loops with another short piece of twine so it sits on the back of the form. Once you've completed the project, this loop will allow you to hang the wreath anywhere with a hook or hanger.
Cover your work area with a plastic tablecloth or sheets of wax paper to protect it from dripping glue. Plug in the hot glue gun and warm up a glue stick as you sort through your cork collection. Set aside corks that have special meaning to you or that have interesting stamps or logos on them â€” these are for display on the top layer ofÂ the wreath
Glue corks around the inside of the wreath form as close to your work surface as possible, forming a ring or O shape. Add a second layer just above the first, covering as much straw as you can. Sometimes the corks won't line up as expected, but that's fine; you can cover any gaps with future layers.
Continue working your way up and around the form, adding a fresh ring of corks next to the previous layer each time. Work until the cork rings reach the table again on the outside edge of the wreath â€” keep the back of the form cork-free so it will rest flat against the door or wall when you display it.
Add Style With the Second LayerÂ
Add a second layer of corks over the front of the wreath or wherever straw is still obvious between corks. Arrange your favorite corks so the words and imagery are most visible. Continue adding cork until the wreath looks full and complete.
Jazz Things UpÂ
Give the wreath a bit of personality by adding embellishments. Stick with holiday classics such as red faux berries, sprigs of evergreen or toy plastic reindeer, or throw in some wine-related humor by mixing in a few plastic miniature wine bottles or grapes. Add a burgundy bow to finish off the wreath.