It’s no secret that I love wine. And when you have wine, you usually get wine corks. Granted, many winemakers are going to the screw tops, but there’s something about opening a bottle with a cork that just feels right.
I can’t even guess how long I’ve been saving wine corks. I had a small container in my dining room where I would toss them but eventually, I found a rather large basket at the thrift store that I designated as my wine cork basket. This year, during the pandemic, it began to overflow. Hummm…I know what that says about me but at the moment, I don’t care! I mean, we all have our ways of coping, right? But before judging, remember that my home is where all the family and friends’ gatherings generally take place, so there’s that.
A few weeks ago, I decided to empty that rather large basket and placed all the wine corks in a large garbage bag. I then asked followers on Instagram what they thought I should do with them. Well, the overwhelming response was to make a craft and some followers even sent me photos of what to try. The one that got my attention, because it seemed easy to make, was a pumpkin. With a little hot glue and paint, I set out to see if this would be easy…or not.
First, I chose wine corks that all matched in size. Well, I tried to! Some ended up being a little fatter than others, but I did my best. I lined them up in six rows – two rows of 6, two rows of 7 and two rows of 8. After hot gluing each row together longways, I began hot gluing the rows together. First the 6-cork row, then the 7-cork row and finally the 8-cork row. Then I did the same in reverse.
The painting step should probably be done before gluing everything together, but I wanted to see how it looked pieced together and decide which corks to paint. Some already had the red wine stain which gave it a fall look. I used rose gold and antique copper acrylic paint on several of the corks which complemented the red wine stain color. Finally, I found a short cork and added it on top as a stem and added three large fall artificial leaves to finish it off.
Making the pumpkin was relatively easy, but I will say that while the bottom three rows seemed to fit together perfectly, the top three were a little off. And when I was gluing the middle two rows together, I forgot that they set right on top of each other so I ended up gluing the round part of the corks. For the other rows I was gluing in between. Live and learn! Honestly, I’m happy with the way it turned out! And with the number of corks I have left, I could probably make about 50 more of these!
I’m thinking I should start looking for some Christmas cork crafts to make now. What do you think? Any fun ideas out there? If so, send them my way!