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Wine cork artwork tutorial.

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A few years ago I bought a friend a birthday card that said “Always carry a corkscrew and the wine will provide itself”. As much as it was the perfect card for her, it also resonated with me for a couple of reasons…

  1. I really like wine
  2. It reminds me to be ready for opportunity when it knocks on my door
  3. It reminds me to have faith that things will fall into place
  4. I really, really like wine

This is the project I did for the first week of the One Month To Win It contest. I made a distressed painting with this phrase and created a “mat” out of wine corks.

The first step in this project is to drink a lot of wine and save the corks. I have been saving wine corks for quite a while in order to get enough of to do this project. I also had my friends save them for me, but I have heard it is possible to buy corks in bulk at some craft stores. (But I’ve never needed to do buy them, so I can’t confirm that.)

how to, wine cork, art, distressed1.) Starting with a $5 thrift store frame, I had it fitted with a piece of 1/4 inch plywood and then primed it using a basic brush on primer like Kilz.

2.) Using acrylic paint I had on hand, it was painted a golden-taupe color. You can use any color that you like on this step. Whatever color you choose is the color your letters will end up being.

3.) Next I used my Cricut to cut the letters out of contact paper. If you don’t have a Cricut or a Silhouette you can use pre-cut scrapbook stickers. You can buy them at Michael’s or JoAnn’s. The next step is to arrange them how you want them and adhere them to the board. I am a big fan of the “just eyeball it” Letter Placement Technique, especially if you’re using a script-style font.

4.) Once the letters were adhered to the board, I covered the entire board with sage green acrylic paint went. While the green paint was still slightly wet, I free-hand painted a wine bottle right over the top of it all (and like a dork, did not take a photo of this part.) I used black paint to do this and it blended a bit with the still slightly wet green. I also got a little bit of gold paint and put little streaks of gold over the bottle.

5.) While it was still wet, I peeled off the letters. If you wait until everything is dry to pull the letters off, there is a very good chance that the paint will peel up with it. While this can still happen while it’s wet, at least if it’s still wet you can blend the paint to “fix” the problem areas. Once it’s dry, you’re kinda screwed. (That’s a technical artist term, by the way.)

I painted a black border around the perimeter of the bard. My thinking was that there would probably be gaps between the corks and that black showing through would be better than the green.

6.) I allow these distressed art pieces to dry overnight. Once completely dry, I use a light to medium grit sandpaper and go over it with the hand sander until I achieve the distressed look I wanted.

7.) Wipe down the board. I usually put a metallic wash over these pieces. It softens the look of the piece and adds to the distressed look. In this case, I just water down a little gold paint and brush it over the top. Once this dried, I place the board into the frame. There was a gap between the board and the back of the frame that was just the right space for the corks.

8.) Figuring out the placement of the corks was quite a puzzle. They are all just a little bit different. Some are slightly shorter than others, some are a little fatter, etc. Once I got them in the pattern I wanted, they were wedged and glued into place one at a time. DO NOT USE HOT GLUE FOR THIS. Use an epoxy of some kind. Hot glue dries too quickly and you will most likely need to wiggle them around or re-position some of them. A strong, but slow drying epoxy works best.

9.) Then to make sure they were really secure, whatever was handy and heavy was used to weigh them down while they dried. (In this case, Mexican Train Dominoes and ceramic candle holders.)

I hung it against a green wall in a funny little niche that is always tricky to decorate because it is small and rather dark. This feels like it works here because this art seems to add more texture than it does color, and it has created sort of a layered look.

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You all

I’m really happy with how it turned out. I hope you all like it too!

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jenna ♥ a little blue said...

April 11, 2011 at 1:10 am
looks fantastic! :) we have all of our wine corks saved since we moved in together, and i have them all hanging up in shadow boxes so i think this is perfect!

She Made It Crafts said...

April 11, 2011 at 1:19 am
So cute! Great tip on peeling up the letters while the paint is wet! Love it!

Lesley said...

April 11, 2011 at 1:37 am
Wow! Darling, amazing super awesomeness! Love it! Great job, seriously.

Suzette and Sarah said...

April 11, 2011 at 1:39 am
I love, love, love this. A girl gotta do something with the corks.

DecorandtheDog said...

April 11, 2011 at 1:56 am
This is fabulous! Great idea!

Kelli said...

April 11, 2011 at 2:41 am
I like it a lot! I also like the reminder to have faith...

Karena said...

April 11, 2011 at 3:21 am
A darling project I love it.... turned out great!!

Art by Karena

Angie said...

April 11, 2011 at 3:22 am
I love this! What a great quote too....I love wine!

Jenna @ Copy Cat Corner said...

April 11, 2011 at 3:46 am
That looks so good. I know so many people who save wine corks and what better use that this!

Michelle L. said...

April 11, 2011 at 5:32 am
Really great project - I think it turned out so elegant!

slommler said...

April 11, 2011 at 10:55 am
Loved the paint effects!! Very cool! Turned out beautifully!

Amanda said...

April 11, 2011 at 11:35 am
This is awesome! We have a load of wine corks just waiting for something like this, thanks for sharing!

♥ Miss Tea said...

April 11, 2011 at 12:37 pm
gorgeous result! thanks for the tips on peeling up the letters, i always wanted to do this but now i see your tutorial, it helps!! thanks

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Laurel said...

April 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm
Really love how this turned out! Love all the layers...your hard work paid off :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm

M.O.T.B said...

April 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm
LOVE this! Great job!

Elizabeth said...

April 11, 2011 at 3:30 pm
So glad you made it through to another week, I really do love this project. I just voted for my fave week 2 entry, although I had about 3 that I wanted to vote for!

Shawn said...

April 11, 2011 at 4:18 pm
Haven't read word one, I'm still taken by the new profile picture!!!

You know how much I love this picture! Gorgeous!

MiMi said...

April 11, 2011 at 5:57 pm
I like it!!
And I'm off to vote!

radn said...

April 11, 2011 at 6:00 pm
Love the pattern in which you place the corks! lovely!

I am having a fine art photography giveaway by Melanie Alexandra. A SF based artist who has an etsy store. Do check it out. Just tell me which is your favorite image to win.

Joanne said...

April 11, 2011 at 8:11 pm
This is a really neat idea! Thanks for sharing.

Kelley said...

April 11, 2011 at 8:18 pm
That is so cute! I love the corkscrew matte! Very creative & fun.

Pam said...

April 11, 2011 at 8:31 pm
Very cute project. I have bought some wine corks in a craft store, but I haven't made anything with them yet. Would have been more fun to drink my way through the project though!

Kindra-At Home With K said...

April 11, 2011 at 9:02 pm
I don't have a cricut or sillhouette but I would love to try some contact paper and exacto knife. Love this project. The distressing is perfect!

Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

April 11, 2011 at 9:44 pm
I loooove this :) and I love wine...thanks for sharing this!! Cheers!

Fancy Frugal Life

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

April 11, 2011 at 9:58 pm
It looks great. (I really really like wine too. So much so I've just spilled it on the sofa whilst blogging. Sigh)

Danielle said...

April 11, 2011 at 10:10 pm
Love this idea and I love the saying!!

Molly said...

April 11, 2011 at 10:17 pm
I LOVE this project! I am a wine lover myself :-) Found your link @ Craft-O-Maniac...I'm your newest follower!

MessyMissy said...

April 12, 2011 at 1:03 am
Gorgeous. Love the quote well as your passion for wine. I am right there with ya!! This would be a great gift for some wine lovers I know!! Thanks for linking up!!

Xazmin said...

April 12, 2011 at 1:31 am
Okay, let me get this straight. You're not actually going to TELL us which project is yours?

You want to be all fair and crap?

I tried really hard to tell which person was you by the writing!

But I voted...I hope it was your project! really WAS my favorite project...just so you know.

Xazmin said...

April 12, 2011 at 1:32 am
Also, I'm lame and forgot to compliment you on THIS project...but it turned out fabulous as usual!

Here On Crow Creek said...

April 12, 2011 at 1:55 am
I love your frame! I am your neighboor over at DIY party:) I love how your picture turned out.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

April 12, 2011 at 2:41 am
This is such a super duper the look of it!!!


Impulsive Addict said...

April 12, 2011 at 2:56 am
Shawn=RUDE! At least READ the post first! Gah! ;)

I'm in love with this frame. I want one. I need one for my kitchen. Make me one. I'll pay for it. I'm good for the money. Actually, MY MOM could use this as a gift for Mothers Day! So...get busy! Kthanks.

PS. I voted for my favorite. I hope yours was the CHAIR!

Jennifer said...

April 12, 2011 at 4:22 am
Oh my goodness, I love this! I also LOVE wine and always keep the corks in hope to find something to do with them some day. I might just borrow this idea from you!! Thanks!
Scissors & Spatulas

Myya said...

April 12, 2011 at 5:17 am
I loved this! You are awesome, I know you know this because I tell you often. I am nervous to vote for the next one, I can't decide between two different ones I am nervous I will pick the wrong one. LOL. Maybe tomorrow I will have a clearer head & go back to vote.

Beth@The Stories of A2Z said...

April 12, 2011 at 12:55 pm
Very cute!

Connie said...

April 12, 2011 at 2:19 pm
I've been collecting corks for a while....I need to do something like this with them.

I voted. I think it might be your project but I'm not sure....

Kristen said...

April 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm
Awesome! I really need to make some things with my corks...they are out of control!

Turning a House into a Home

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

April 12, 2011 at 8:41 pm
Great job making a creative frame out of corks! Thanks for linking it up at Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

Pam said...

April 13, 2011 at 12:27 am
Very cute idea! We certainly have enough wine corks to make one (or more!) :)

Thanks for the tutorial.

Visiting from Wow us Wednesday. It's great to find your blog.


Emilee said...

April 13, 2011 at 1:47 am
so cute! I have always wanted to do something with wine corks, what a creative idea!

Magpies and Magnolias said...

April 13, 2011 at 2:25 am
I love this almost as much as the glass of wine that I am guzzling...I mean, sipping!

P.S. You can also sometimes find wine corks at Goodwill.

Melanie said...

April 13, 2011 at 3:15 am
Love everything about this! I'd love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out Linky Party! The link is below!
Reasons To Skip The Housework
Tuesday Time Out Link Up Party

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

April 13, 2011 at 4:07 am
This is so beautiful! I think corks always look so artsy and cool in whatever way you display them, and this really does do them justice!!

I'd love for you to link this up to my link party, Your Whims Wednesday!

The Hopeless Romantic said...

April 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm
U are so creative, i hope u won the contest.....This would awesome over any wine rack, or in the kitchen........Bonnie

bj said...

April 13, 2011 at 1:41 pm
This is just as cute as it can be. You did a great job. Thanks for the good instructions. I would have letters on my forehead and corks in each ear. I am sooo not crafty.
Sure enjoyed looking at your craft, tho. :)
I am your newest follower..come over and sign up for a chance to win an awesome enamel house sign.
xo bj

Tammy @ Type A said...

April 13, 2011 at 2:14 pm
ha ha! love it. thanks for sharing this at my party!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

April 14, 2011 at 1:19 am
Great job! thanks for linking this up to our Wicked awesome Wed. link party. what a creative idea!

Katie @ EyeSpyDIY said...

April 14, 2011 at 2:23 pm
Such a cute idea! And great way to use the corks I've been saving!

Love Everyday said...

April 14, 2011 at 7:31 pm
I always save our corks for some project, someday! I think this is the prefect thing to do with them. Thanks for the inspiration!

At The Picket Fence said...

April 14, 2011 at 9:47 pm
Well, I can definitely handle the "drink a lot of wine" part! LOL! This truly is such a neat project Vivienne and we are so glad you linked it up to Inspiration Friday this week! :-)

Debra@Common Ground said...

April 14, 2011 at 11:52 pm
This is such a cool piece. Love the lettering, too. you did a great job! Thanks so much for linking up with Vintage Inspiration Friday! xo, Debra

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

April 15, 2011 at 2:50 pm
I absolutely adore this project! I am hosting a Springtime Craft and Project linky party today and I would love it if you would particpate.

There is a giveaway involved. :)

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

April 15, 2011 at 3:40 pm
Nice idea - love how you wedged those corks in the frame - perfect piece & quote!!

Jill said...

April 15, 2011 at 4:08 pm
Fabulous project! I've been collecting corks too (and having fun doing it!) Hope you don't mind, but I'm totally copying this for myself!

You've got a new follower!!

Kathryn Michelle Jenkins said...

April 15, 2011 at 4:43 pm
this is awesome. really cool idea.


Sailing with bare feet said...

April 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm
I love this !!!!! SO SO SO SO SO SO CUTE!!!

Ido said...

April 15, 2011 at 4:59 pm
Absolutely love your project, love wine and art, this is something that I will be making for sure. Thank you for the great tutorial!

Rachael @ The Little Birdie said...

April 15, 2011 at 5:11 pm
OK, I know you're going to be totally surprised, but I LOVE THIS! Should I even bother coming to tell you I'm featuring your project, or do you just want to assume that your rockin' ideas have a a place on my Saturday Favorites list? HAHA!

Thanks for linking up at The Little Birdie, you know you always have a huge fan in me! :)

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

April 15, 2011 at 5:44 pm
Awesome......I too love my wine......
This is perfect!!
I am so going to copy you!!!!

Now do you need to drink wine while making this.....

Rachel said...

April 15, 2011 at 9:11 pm
This is great, I work for a winery and have a ton of corks. Thanks for sharing!

Patricia Torres said...

April 15, 2011 at 9:35 pm
oh wow!! this looks lovely!

Sommer said...

April 15, 2011 at 11:05 pm
Okay this a new kind of AWESOME! Like the kind I've never seen before. Where did you even think up this idea?

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

April 16, 2011 at 1:37 am
It is fantastic~ so creative and what a great conversation piece too!! Well don! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

Lindsey @ Inspiring Creations said...

April 16, 2011 at 1:50 am
Love it! Thanks for the tutorial! :) Thanks for stopping by and linking, have a great weekend! ;)

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

April 16, 2011 at 3:10 am
This is a great idea. Love the way it came out. It would make a great frame for a lot of things!

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

April 16, 2011 at 5:36 am
This looks lovely, hope to see you at My Dream Canvas.

Julie said...

April 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm
Love it!!! Seriously, and love wine too...fab idea.... new follower..
blessings, julie

Danielle said...

April 16, 2011 at 3:16 pm
I wanted to let you know that I featured this on my weekly bookmarks post - stop by and check it out. Grab a button too.


Jaderbomb said...

April 16, 2011 at 9:31 pm
Hey girl!! Thanks for linking up to my party!!!!

Lauren said...

April 16, 2011 at 10:39 pm
I can't tell you how much I love this! I have an Etsy shop where I make handmade wine accessories, I run a weekly post every Wednesday called Winey Wednesday and I love Wine! This is amazing! I am a brand new follower. I found your blog through your link up on WhipperBerry.
72. said...

April 17, 2011 at 1:07 am
viviene! great job! It looks super

Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating said...

April 17, 2011 at 6:47 am
Such a clever idea!! It turned out so great. I think for those of us who don't like wine, corks are also available on Ebay...or so I've been told.

If you have time for one more link party, I just started one (on Sundays) over at Addicted 2 Decorating. I'd love for you to link this up!!

(And do you have a new blog design? It looks different from what I remember. Anyway, it looks really nice.) :)

Nicole @ The Wonderful World of Wohler said...

April 17, 2011 at 6:58 am
Wowzers! That looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing such a great tutorial!

Meg I am..... said...

April 17, 2011 at 12:22 pm
Visiting from the Creative Crate - this looks great! Awesome way to re-purpose a cork collection!!

neli said...

April 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm

heather {WhipperBerry} said...

April 17, 2011 at 9:22 pm
so creative... I love it! I am soooo in love with cork right now.


Jennifer said...

April 18, 2011 at 5:31 am
Well apparently I voted for you in the wall art week because this is what I voted for. Like you, I love me some wine. I'm having some of my frequent wine-drinking friends save me wine corks so I can do one of these for my biggest wine-drinking friend's birthday! :) I featured you today on my favorite things :)

Denise said...

April 18, 2011 at 1:21 pm
I am loving this! It would look great in my kitchen! I have a feature scheduled for this morning!

Extreme Personal Measures

Jane said...

April 18, 2011 at 3:20 pm
I LOVE this!!! Thanks so much for sharing this idea. It will make the perfect gift for my son's (Wine Guy) new home. Heading to the garage now for plywood...
Jane (artfully graced)

April said...

April 18, 2011 at 6:47 pm
This is beautiful! I really love the quote....and haha, I feel the same way! only I'm more of a beer girl! lol I would love for you to come link up to my Sew Crafty Party !

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

April 18, 2011 at 9:00 pm
Vivienne, this is such a COOL project!! And I also like that you highlighted your reasons for wanting to do the project. ;) T's aunt gave us a "hot plate" made of wine bottle corks and it is so cool looking that I keep it up on display. :)

Thank you so much for joining my "I {Heart} My Crafty Cutter" party. :) (and for linking back--I REALLY appreciate your help with that) :)

I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes said...

April 19, 2011 at 3:18 am
This is awesome! Love the corks around the edge! SO fun!

Andrea said...

April 19, 2011 at 5:49 am
Time to start saving the corks! :)


Steph said...

April 19, 2011 at 5:59 am
Really parents would adore this as well. Thanks for sharing how you made it!

Erin said...

April 19, 2011 at 12:25 pm
Frickin Fantabulous!!! I don't like wine, but if I did, this would be my next project. Great tutorial!

Kindra-At Home With K said...

April 20, 2011 at 1:56 am
Hey Miss V! Your creativeness is so inspiring! Thanks so much for linking up to Terrific Under Ten today!

katy said...

April 20, 2011 at 2:13 am
I love this. love. love. love.

Jen said...

April 20, 2011 at 7:19 pm
I am loving this! Thanks for sharing at Fantastic Friday.

Jami said...

April 20, 2011 at 11:25 pm
I have at least a dozen friends that would LOVE to have this in their home!! Fantastic job!

Holly said...

April 21, 2011 at 6:03 am
I don;t think I commented on this yet...I feel like I have...but too cute. I like wine too...maybe I will be making one next. Great job!

Carmella said...

April 22, 2011 at 1:00 am
I've been eyeing this little gem all week....I'm only jealous that I can't add to our cork collection right now (4 months preggers) I'll be bookmarking to make as a celebration project! love your's just makes me smile :)

Sunshine and Lavender said...

April 22, 2011 at 2:16 am
I LOVE this... I have a big glass container full of corks and I may have to make this for our dining room!! YOU are sooo creative! :)


thehungryhomebody said...

April 22, 2011 at 3:15 pm
Looks great!

PS found you at Its a Hodgepodge Life!

Suzie said...

April 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm
I love this. We are wine lovers, too and this would look great in our cellar!

Mrs. H said...

April 23, 2011 at 12:04 am
Omg totally adorable. I have some art that I've made out of wine labels, but this would be a great addition to the wine art in my dining room. Thanks for the inspiration!

Ladybird Ln said...

April 23, 2011 at 12:16 am
I saw you on OMTWI, I love the writing!


Chandeen @ Designed by Chance said...

April 25, 2011 at 3:55 pm
Found you on the blog hop. I'm a follower now :) Love the wine board, I really like whine too.

♥ Miss Tea said...

April 25, 2011 at 4:04 pm
I love how it turned out! love the quote and the way you arrange the corks, now i need to save all the corks after i finished the wines to make something like this! great idea and thanks for sharing the tutorial!

I'm following you from homemakeronadime Creative Bloggers' and Hop!

Susan @

Tiff @ Making The World Cuter said...

April 25, 2011 at 10:45 pm
How fun is that? It turned out great! Thanks for linking up again!

nataly said...

April 26, 2011 at 5:39 pm
I love this too soo creative! And the quote fits it perfectly. I am really thinking about making one for my father in law for fathers day.

newest follower from Creative Bloggers Hop. Please follow

April said...

April 30, 2011 at 2:29 pm
Featured this today!

Katie said...

May 1, 2011 at 7:21 pm
Visiting from DIY Showoff Parade -- LOVE this idea!!

Jenny @ Embellishing Life said...

May 3, 2011 at 2:45 am
I love this! I hope you'll come over and link it up with us...

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

May 3, 2011 at 3:07 am
Awesome! I love this idea!

Johnnie said...

June 13, 2011 at 5:21 pm
Cute project, Vivienne!

Sherry said...

June 30, 2011 at 5:18 am
I love this project! My mom is really into cork-craft. I am sure she is going to like this when I show it to her in a couple of days! Great job! Cheers!

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PJFM1313 said...

September 29, 2014 at 9:38 am
I know this is late, but I wanted to comment. I tried this but in a bit of a different format. It went great and I gave it my sister for here screened in porch 2 years ago(which is more like and outdoor living area and where she does ALOT of entertaining). After about 6 months, the corks started falling off. Planning to try this again, but looking for a better approach for use outdoors in the south (very humid) - Maybe a specific type of epoxy? THANKS

vivienne said...

September 30, 2014 at 4:49 pm
Hi there, I like E6000. Maybe try Gorilla Glue..? Sorry, I just don't have the experience with humidity like that. Good luck!

sailing21 said...

January 26, 2015 at 12:27 pm
Can anyone tell me what size the frame is and font style and size? thanks

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