I originally saw this idea over at Pinterest. I pinned it for a few reasons 1) I thought it was terribly cute and 2) I happened to have a jar of wine corks. At a yard sale over the summer, I purchased a gallon glass jar for 50 cents and the jar happened to be full of wine corks. I was after the jar but kept the wine corks too thinking I might come up with a way to use them.
The original caption suggested using a yard stick as the back board for the corks. When I told Jeff about the idea, he raided his wood stash and found me a piece of scrap wood about the width of a yard stick though a tad bit thicker.
We simply used hot glue to attach the corks to the board. We used mostly natural cork wine corks, but did put in a few of the synthetic ones. To assemble, it’s easiest we found to place a bead of glue along the bottom the cork and along the side so that each cork is glued to the backing board and the cork above it. Let the glue dry for a few minutes before attaching to the wall.
We debated about the many ways to hang this board. In the end, we opted to remove the third cork from the top and bottom of the strip, Jeff then pre-drilled holes in the backing board and then attached the wood to the wall directly with screws. We then re-glued the corks in place to hide the screws. You could also probably use a picture hanging kit to do this but we didn’t want it swaying as we pinned and removed items to the corks.
It works great on a thin wall that separates a closet from a desk in my office. If you happen to need a cork board or a maybe a thin place to hang all those holiday cards, I highly recommend this simple, functional and frugal project.