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For reasons I can’t fully explain, I’ve been collecting wine corks for almost as long as Husband and I have been together.  Am I the only one who does this?  I can’t even remember why I started or what my original intention was, but after nine years we had amassed quite an impressive little stash of corks from all our favorite wines.  (My current favorite is the Robert Mondavi Private Selection Malbec.  Less than $11 a bottle and soooooo good!)

A couple of months ago I finally decided it was time to either throw them away or put them to good use.

After pondering my options for a while, I finally settled on the idea of a simple serving tray.  It was so easy to make that I almost feel like I cheated, but since it did require both spray paint and a trip to the hardware store to have a piece of acrylic cut to size, I think it still counts!

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Here is what you need:

old serving tray
sandpaper
spray paint
wine corks (around 150-200 of them)
clear acrylic or glass, cut to fit tray

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Step 1:  My first step is prepping serving tray.  My own trusty little tray has seen a lot use this year, first as a desk organizer and then as part of the summer beachy decor for Trouble’s mermaid party.  Sand it thoroughly with fine grit sandpaper, then wipe it down really well to remove all the dust.

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Step 2:  Lightly spray the top and sides of the tray with spray paint.  A bright color or even a metallic paint would probably look good too.  Ultimately I decided on dark brown because I wanted a nice neutral to showcase the corks.

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Step 3:  Let the spray paint dry completely, then re-spray a second coat.  Let the second coat dry and re-spray again, for a total of three coats. After the third coat of paint let it dry for 24 hours.

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Step 4:  The next step is arranging the corks in the tray.  If you are short on corks, you could cut them in half so that they will lay flat and not be so high on the tray.  I preferred to use the full corks.

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Step 5:  Continue arranging the corks until the whole tray was full.   There is no need to glue them down.

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Step 6:  Place the cut acrylic or glass over top of the corks.  (Note: I bought the acrylic at a local hardware store for around $10.  I could’ve bought glass instead for about $6, but the hardware store guy said the acrylic would be stronger.) Remove the film from the glass or acrylic, then sit back and admire your handiwork!

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I honestly couldn’t be more thrilled with how it turned out.  I just love how it shows off the rustic beauty of the corks & it reminds me of all the wonderful moments Husband and I have shared over the years.  It was such an easy project to do that I’m almost kicking myself for not doing it sooner!

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This post was underwritten by Robert Mondavi Private Selection.  All opinions are mine. Robert Mondavi believes that great wines begin in the vineyard. He has transformed wine culture in the U.S. by creating Robert Mondavi Private Selection as “quality wines of affordable elegance.” (The perfect wine for those of us dedicated to living well but spending less!)

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Do you collect wine corks?  Have you ever used them in a DiY project of your own?

27 Comments

  1. Amanda
    August 2 at 10:19AM

    Love this! I’ve been collecting wine corks forever too…..it is definitely time to do something with them! Great idea.

    • Ruth Soukup
      August 8 at 07:20AM

      Thanks Amanda! Be sure to check out my Pinterest board–lots of fun ideas on there!

  2. Johanna
    August 2 at 10:35AM

    This looks really nice. Do you think it would work without the acrylic?

    • Ruth Soukup
      August 8 at 07:21AM

      Honestly you probably really need the acrylic or glass to keep the surface flat. It was super easy to get at the hardware store though–they cut it to size in just a few minutes!

  3. Diane W.
    August 2 at 11:01AM

    I really like how it turned out but I’m curious why you decided to use the full corks instead of cutting them in half. Also, what was your reason for not glueing them in place? Did you secure the acrylic in any way?

    • Ruth Soukup
      August 8 at 07:22AM

      I thought about cutting them in half but it just seemed like too much work. 🙂 I also opted not to glue them in place so that I can change it up again later if I want. I’m kinda non-committal that way!

      • Ruth Soukup
        August 8 at 07:23AM

        Oh, and no….I did not secure the acrylic. The guy cut it so that it fit quite tightly.

  4. August 2 at 03:53PM

    Oh my goodness, this is BEAUTIFUL, and clever! I’ve been saving my wine corks to do a cork bath mat. I guess I’m going to have to drink more wine to do both!

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

    • Ruth Soukup
      August 8 at 07:24AM

      Thank you Jennifer. I love the cork bath mat idea!

  5. August 2 at 03:53PM

    This is a great idea!! We have been saving our corks too- not sure how long- Not since we were married because this year is our 25th! Anyway this would be a great project and useful too!

    • Ruth Soukup
      August 8 at 07:24AM

      I’d love to see a picture if you decide to try it Susan! Let me know!

  6. Danielle
    August 2 at 03:59PM

    This is so cool! I’m going to need to start drinking a lot more wine!

    • Ruth Soukup
      August 8 at 07:27AM

      Nothing wrong with that! 🙂

  7. August 2 at 04:12PM

    Very cool Ruth- I love this. Guess I need to start saving those corks.

    • Ruth Soukup
      August 8 at 07:26AM

      Thanks Gina!

  8. August 2 at 06:52PM

    No Ruth, you definitely are not the only wine cork collector (can I call us collectors or should it be hoarders?). I have hundreds of them and a Pinterest board dedicated solely to the projects you can do with them! Love your tray, it’s beautiful! Adding it to my “board” and to my list of “someday” projects… Blessings. Dixie

    • Ruth Soukup
      August 8 at 07:26AM

      Ah yes, there is a fine line between hoarding and collecting, isn’t there? 🙂

  9. Jackie
    August 5 at 01:12PM

    This is so cool! I might have to give up my box wine & go back to bottled. 😉

    • Ruth Soukup
      August 8 at 07:25AM

      LOL well be sure to try the Robert Mondavi Malbec first! SO yummy! 🙂

  10. August 5 at 03:28PM

    Super cute … and perfect for backyard entertaining!

    • Ruth Soukup
      August 8 at 07:25AM

      For sure! Thanks Anabel! 🙂

  11. September 27 at 03:13PM

    Love this idea! I’ve done a few wine cork projects already–this one is next!! Thanks!

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