in raleigh, my friends and i used to sit around, watch crappy tv and craft. only one of the three of us live in raleigh now. end of crafting evenings…
however, we came up with a swap. it’s a good way to keep in touch and keep the crafting going. we’ve even got a google doc and a monthly theme. it’s awesome. so far i’ve gotten some sweet beer coozies and a new yoga bag.
this month, the theme was great britain. timely with the birth of the new prince, no? i really wanted to do something with the union jack flag. i didn’t want to do a pillow and something knitted would take too long. hence, the wine cork trivet was born.
so, mine looks nowhere near as pretty as this. i think that having the hoop around the corks would make it look nice, but i don’t think it would let the pattern be as nice as it is now.
- tacky glue – $2
- 21 wine corks – free! or expensive if you need to drink to get the corks…
- cardboard – free!
- acrylic paint – $1.50
i had all, so this whole project for free.
- cutting mat
- xacto knife
i’d say about an hour total. however, you’ll want to leave time in between most steps, so it took me a couple of days to get the entire piece complete.
- it’s best to have corks that are all close to the some size.
- you can use champagne corks if they’re close to the same size as the rest of your corks.
- this trivet has 61 corks in it, but you can make yours smaller or larger than mine.
- i only painted the tops of my corks, but to make it look more uniform, you could paint the entire cork.
- i tried to use a hot glue gun, but for some reason the corks wouldn’t stick together – hence why i have tacky glue listed.
- cut the corks into 1/2″ slices. you can get 3 slices per cork.
- paint 25 corks red.
- paint 24 corks white
- paint 12 corks blue.
- arrange the corks in the union jack flag design.
- start by gluing the center 7 corks together.
- when those dry, glue the next row of corks around it. repeat for other two rows.
- glue cardboard to bottom of trivet.
- cut cardboard to match cork pattern.
and done. simple as that.