Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Day 7: 16 Days of Creating - Wine Cork Trivet

Whew! I wasn't sure I'd get this one in today. Just finishing up this post with less than an hour till midnight! This project is by far the BEST out of the 16 Days. Why? Because the #1 requirement for this one is to drink wine! Heehee. The NEXT best thing about this project is that it took me to Goodwill, where I stumbled upon this:

I went in looking for an inexpensive frame that I could dismantle and use for my trivet. I planned on spending $2 or less, and getting out of there quick. Because it kind of smells in that place. Anyway. On my way to the frames, I passed the furniture area, where I first met and fell in love with my beautiful bench! ;) I'm sure I can turn it into something even more wonderful with a little work. Right now it is sitting on my front porch, just waiting. Sigh.

Oops, I apologize for getting sidetracked...back to the trivet!

Supplies for this one are easy - a picture frame (preferably a square), hot glue, paint, acrylic spray, and of course, LOTS and LOTS of wine bottle corks!

(The paint, sandpaper, and spray are totally optional) 
First I sanded the frame a little to smooth it down, then painted it with some "Espresso Bean" acrylic paint. (I had originally planned on black, but the espresso just jumped out at me!)

After letting the paint dry, I sanded the edges for a bit of a "worn" look:

Next I sprayed the frame with a glossy acrylic spray to add some shine:

Time to break out the hot glue gun!  I glued a piece of cardboard to the back of the frame:

And then the fun part...gluing down the corks.

About 7 hot glue sticks later...

I made a special section in the middle for Charles Shaw. (Love that 3-buck-Chuck!)


  1. So did you collect all the corks in one weekend? ;)

  2. Haha! I did not, but I was amazed at how fast they went. I will have to wait another year or so before I can make another one!

  3. R-I-G-H-T!!! I'm sure you'll have enough corks soon enough. Really cute - maybe I can come up with something for my corks.

  4. This is great! My husband has a ton of corks because of his travels through Europe - I'm making him this for Christmas - what else is one to do with these? Thanks for the idea!

  5. This is so awesome! I would love if you would share this at the Crazy Cute party happening right now! I've got an awesome giveaway this week, too! :D


  6. Excellent! I'm so glad you linked up this great project too! Jen @ www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

  7. I love this idea!! I'm going to try it myself. I am an Iowa girl too, but we just moved up north to MN. I do miss Iowa! Oh, I'm a new follower, hope you will check out my blog too. :)

  8. Hi Michelle - thanks for stopping by my blog and your sweet comments. I'm really enjoying poking around yours. I love this idea also. My brother-in-law is a winemaker and I have a huge bag of unused corks, so this is a great idea to use them for. I'm now a follower. Thanks for sharing! :)