Fellow Challengers posted lovely comments about the room and the decorating style (which I'd sum up as: farmhouse, rustic and country) that we've chosen for our home. I had questions about how I redid the chairs, the A-frame wine rack and if I had made the placemats, but folks were gaga over the wine cork wreath! Since there was such a genuine interest in how it was made, I promised a tutorial would appear on the blog this week. So as promised....
Make This: Wine Cork Wreath
First and foremost, do yourself a favor and leave the plastic wrapping on the wreath! Your wreath will be full of corks and you won't even see it. It's not worth the mess you'll have if you remove it.
Cut a rather long piece of jute (or cord or some other heavy string), that will be how your wreath is hung up. The length is purely your decision. The jute in the tutorial was 22 inches long. You'll double it up and lay it underneath your straw wreath. Feed the tails through the loop at the top and finish by knotting the tails together, as shown.
Now, grab a wine cork and a toothpick. You will carefully pierce the toothpick into one end of your cork. You may have to wiggle the toothpick and hold your mouth just so to get it started... Once you've got the toothpick attached to the cork, start placing the toothpicks into the straw wreath.
You will continue the process of attaching the toothpick to the cork and place them into the wreath. Place each cork close to it's neighbor so that you see very little of the straw wreath.
Inevitably, you will have a toothpick break on you. Just pull it out and start again.
As you continue to place the cork/toothpicks into the wreath you'll want to remember to fill in the middle and outside edge of the wreath.
As I was creating this wreath several years ago, I had a couple friends saving corks for me. I solemnly swear I didn't drink every bottle associated with each cork! There was a point that I just started sticking the corks in the wreath and added to it as I came across more. Just last week I added a few corks to a spot or two that was thin. My wreath is always evolving! I'd encourage you to jump right in and not wait until you have enough corks. Honestly, I have no idea how many are enough...
Oh oh!! Something else that's noteworthy... Depending on the size of your wreath it can get really HEAVY!!! Seriously. If you decide to hang it on your wall use an anchor or double-check it's hanging from a stud. It would be really sad for your wall and your wreath if it came crashing down!
Go collect your supplies, open a bottle of wine because you'll need the cork and get crafting!