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Wine cork bulletin board

By spotogspindel | June 27, 2009

This is my wine-cork bulletin-board that hans in my kitchen. I don´t drink a lot of wine, so it took me years to collect all the corks! I did ask around, and had several friends “making sacrifice”s on my behalf, to contribute with some of the corks 🙂 Even colleagues of my Dad sent me some from Egypt! 


And by the way; don´t throw away corks! They don´t really make a lot of them anymore, switching over to screw-tops and plastic-corks. Save them, you never know when you might need them for a creative  project!


I got a left-over piece of very soft paper-maché type of wood-ish plate at my local wood-shop (sorry, don´t know the english name for “papp-plate”…), cut all the corks in half (and all of a sudden I had twice as many!) and glued them down with a glue-gun (quick and easy).


For the frame, I used Wine-bottle labels. Now a days, most of them have sticker-glue on them, and they´re impossible to get off. But if they don´t, put the bottle in the sink, fill it up with warm water, leave it for half a hour or so, and see if they come off, by carefully pealing. 

After they were dry agin, I glued them down (wall-paper-glue) on the wooden frame I had made to measure. I bought an inexpensive wooden list or frame-moulding list at the same local wood-shop, sawed it on my angle-saw (Sorry about the creative language here. These words aren´t in my dictionary! Arg!) at a 45 degree angle, glued and stapled them together (with a staple-gun).  After the whole thing was dry, I stained over all the labels, to tie the colors together, and give it a vintage look. 



“Not bad, Guys! Let´s do it one more time with more focus on sound, harmony, melody, rhythm, composition, lyrics, musicality, beat and originality!”

Topics: Diverse | 8 Comments »

8 Responses to “Wine cork bulletin board”

  1. indigorchid Says:
    June 28th, 2009 at 03:55

    This has always been such a Janne-ish part of your kitchen.. How did you stain the labels? What did you use? I love the way they look – all antique-like!

  2. sherry Says:
    June 28th, 2009 at 05:52

    Cool bulletin board! Huuuummm, I’ve got TONS of corks that I’ve been saving (and adding to). Didn’t know what I would do with them, but . . . maybe . . .

  3. spotogspindel Says:
    June 28th, 2009 at 09:34

    I used slightly watered down acrylic, painted it on and wiped it back off with a rag. Not sure which brown, van dyck brown maybe. Try different tones on a piece of paper first to be sure you like it.

  4. Susan Williamson Says:
    June 29th, 2009 at 07:42

    I absolutely love your bulletin board Janne!!! (I’ve noticed how gorgeous corks can be and always wondered what could be done with them)

  5. michelle Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 05:34

    okay, i’m SO making this!! thanks for the tips on getting the wine labels off. can’t wait till show season is over so I have more time to play.

  6. Muñekixus Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 12:15

    Fabulous!!! Just fabulous!!! I’m speechless 🙂

  7. Flassie Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 17:48

    Awesome! What a great idea and project!

    God Bless You and Yours!!!

  8. lulu Says:
    November 16th, 2010 at 04:35

    Very cool. I might have to make one for the new studio space! By the way, the saws that cut a 45 degree angle are called miter saws. (Old framer, here!)