How to Make a Cork Wreath

After seeing my friends cork wreath last year, I was inspired to make one for myself.  I find any project is better with company, so I enlisted a friend to make one as well.  I didn’t plan on blogging about this until I showed my husband the completed wreath and he suggested it, so pictures are minimal and for that I apologize!  Here’s what you will need to pick up from the craft store to make a wreath of your own.

Items For (One) Cork Wreath:

  • Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks (jumbo pack)
  • 10″ Straw Wreath
  • Twine or Fishing Wire
  • Approx 250 corks (approx 120 for first layer and 130 for second)
  • Newspaper (to cover the work surface)

Luckily, my friend had two glue guns, one that used mini glue sticks (.27 diameter) and a larger one that can use the 10″ sticks (.44 diameters).  We bought glue sticks for both glue guns and found the glue gun that used mini’s went through one + smaller bags and the larger glue gun didn’t even finish one bag.

The straw wreaths were hard to find.  I went to 3 craft stores before I found a straw wreath, never mind a 10″ wreath.  I thought it was a little small, but after completing the project, found it to be the perfect size and in the end, happy I used the straw.  It was a little messy, but I was happy with it all the same.  You can improvise here and use a styrofoam wreath as the base.  Only paint the base or wrap in fabric if you are doing one layer of corks.  Otherwise, it is not needed because it won’t be seen with the two layer wreath.

OberBargain Tip: Plan the project in advance so you can take advantage of the 40% or 50% off regular price coupons and get all your items at a discount.  For two cork wreaths with straw base (not including glue guns or corks) I was able to purchase everything for under $10!

 

Directions:

SECURING THE BASE

Place newspaper over the work surface.

Unwrap the plastic from the straw wreath but keep the clear wire on the wreath.  Now secure the straw better by using the twine or fish wire and wrapping it around the straw wreath.  I left an inch spacing between and found it sufficient.  When you finish wrapping the entire straw wreath, tie both ends together tightly.  As you will see, this will really help contain the straw.

So the wreath can be hanged, tie a small string around the wreath.  Leave enough room so that three fingers can easily fit underneath.  (I doubled up the twine.)

 

FIRST LAYER

Completed First Layer of Cork Wreath

Now the gluing can begin. Start by gluing a cork into the inner circle of the wreath (about half way into the inner circle).  Add the next one to the flat end.  Continue around until you are four corks away from meeting the full circle.  Try and determine the four corks that would fit the space without any overlap.  I couldn’t, so I had to cut a small piece off.  (The other part of the piece fit the second row of corks.)  If you rather not cut the cork, just have it overlap to the back of the wreath. Do not worry about gluing down the twine to hang the wreath with at this point.

Continue with the second, third and all other layers until you have completely covered the visible surface parts of the wreath.  A good check here is to lay the wreath down with the uncorked straw side down and check the sides for any visible straw where a cork could cover and it will not hinder the wreath from laying flat when hung.  As you add more layers, make sure the twine to hang the wreath is loose in the back and tight in the front as you glue corks over it.

You can stop here.  I think the wreath looked great with just the first layer.  If you want to take the wreath to the next level, then onward!

 

SECOND (AND FINAL) LAYER

Completed Second (and Final) Layer of Cork Wreath

Overall, I found the first layer to be easy/faster to complete but the second layer to be harder and more time consuming since there is no pattern to follow.  That said, I found working with a V-shape helpful.  I placed the glued the first cork so it was half of the V and then glued the other one to complete it.  I would then fill in the V with a cork and add by mixing directions of the corks accordingly.  I also found that instead of putting the glue on the piece you were adding it was sometimes easier to put the glue directly to the wreath and add the cork.  (I avoided some burns once I figured out this trick!)  All I can say, have fun with it, however you decide to create it!

When adding the second layer, make sure to go far enough back around the sides so the first layer is cover without hindering the wreath laying flat once it is hung.  Be careful that the twine to hang the wreath is loose in the back and doesn’t get glued down by the second layer of corks.

The project took around 5 hours to complete (start to finish) and made an (approx) 15.5″ finished wreath.  I am glad I didn’t go with the 18″ straw wreath!

Finished Corked Wreath

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