wine cork bulletin board

In the summer of 2011, I signed up for the then exclusive new social network site: Pinterest. That also happened to be the summer that I turned 21. Since I was still in college, and in class you Pinterest instead of taking notes (I do work in social media now, so it paid off ;) ), I was inundated with so many projects that involved using wine bottle corks. I remember I was so determined to do something with them eventually, because of all of these boards and pins I had found.  So, I started collecting the corks, and I convinced my mom to start saving hers as well. Fast forward three years, and I finally found a project that I loved, it is practical, and could be executed without much fuss - Cori's DIY trifecta. I went to Michaels, purchased a shadow box I needed, returned it the next day because the glass didn't come out, purchased another one with removable glass, picked up a hot glue gun and glue sticks (since mine are still in Missouri), and came home to conquer this project and hang it up in my crafting room.

supplies for wine cork board
supplies for wine cork board

I sat down, started gluing the corks onto the shadow box while watching The newsroom....and then I ran out. How could it be that three years of both my parents and I drinking wine, and I still can't even fill up a 12x12 shadow box?! To be fair, I think I only saved four corks from May 2012-May 2014, because 1) I forgot I was saving corks for a project until I moved apartments this spring, and 2) I literally had no room in my old apartment to store them.

casually gluing wine corks
casually gluing wine corks

Still! I need 78 more wine corks to put on here. I know I can order them off of Amazon, but that just feels like cheating. My mom texted and said she had 30 saved, I have at least 4 bottles in my apartment that will be gone by Thanksgiving Christmas, but I still need 44 more wine corks.

I knew starting the project that mine would differ a bit from Emma's. I loved the rustic look and history of the wine stains, and I'm not patient enough to cut every cork down to size. My project took on a completely unintended ombre look, so now the next batch of wine corks must primarily be from red bottles of wine. That shouldn't be a problem since that's all I drink October-April. I know I'll love it...when it's completed in 2015.

2/3 of a wine cork board project
2/3 of a wine cork board project

Friends in NY, wine drinking party soon? ;-)