‘Tis the Season for Making (Cork) Wreaths

Today I am going to give you a tutorial on making a wreath out of corks. The great thing about a cork wreath is that it’s not limited to the Christmas season. This wreath hangs above our bar year-round (sans Christmas bow):

CorkWreathBlogHere’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Straw wreath
  • Corks
  • Toothpicks (must have pointed ends)
  • Drill or screwdriver
  • Rope or ribbon to hang the wreath
  • Glue gun

For the base, I used an 18″ straw wreath from the craft store. Albeit messy (it WILL shed everywhere while you are working with it), I have found that the straw base is best for a cork wreath because if small parts show through, it will blend in with the final product.

WreathFormPerhaps the most difficult part of this project is planning ahead. This wreath required more than 400 corks but if you don’t have that many, simply use a smaller wreath base. Fortunately, my husband and I are cork hoarders. In fact, we have already refreshed our collection since making 2 of these wreaths. Here’s our progress.

CorkPailIf you do not have family members who are interested in donating corks to your cause, you might ask a local restaurant or winery to set corks aside for you.

Before you begin, tie a heavy rope or ribbon to what will be the top of your wreath. You may use the glue gun to keep it in place. To attach the corks to the wreath, you will need to use a drill or a small Phillips head screwdriver to make a small hole in the end of each cork to accommodate a toothpick. Next, put a bit of glue in the hole before inserting 1/3 of the toothpick (you may skip the glue if you wish, many of the toothpicks will stay on their own) so it looks like this:

Cork&ToothpickPay attention to which end of the cork you would like showing. There are many ways to glue corks to a wreath form, but I prefer this method because I like to see the ends of the red-wine-stained corks.

Once you have an ample supply of corks with toothpicks, lay the wreath form on a flat surface and begin sticking the toothpicks in a circle in the inner part of the wreath (I found that it’s not necessary to use glue in this stage–the straw seems to secure the toothpicks). Once you have the first row, you can begin the second row on top of it. With each row you add, the corks with begin to face you as you reach the front of the wreath. From the center of my wreath to the outer edge, I used 9 rows.

These wreaths make great gifts but if you are anything like me, you will make one for yourself, too! What projects have you done with your leftover corks?



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