It has probably happened to you that when you looked up from your computer, you noticed that your the office table is full of notes with reminders for the thousands of things that happen to you every day that demand your attention. If you’re not one of those people who would rush to a large DIY store to buy one cork board to organize your notes, this article is for you. To create your own cork board, you will mainly need a good supply of cork stoppers.
Cork board – Materials for making a cork board with wine stoppers
If in the end you decided to devote the weekend to creating your cork board, know that you will need the following things:
- Many caps
- A knife or cutter
- White tail for wood
- Varnish transparent
- Plank of wood of the desired measure
- The painting for wood or colored varnish
- Mountain chain in wood
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The easiest way to get the corks is to keep them as you consume bottles that contain them. You can also ask your friends to give them to you.
If it’s too slow for you, know that cork stoppers (new and used) are sold, but they are not exactly cheap. In fact, if you are going to buy them, it would cost you more to buy the new cork board. Now, if you create this craft for fun and don’t mind spending the money, a bag of 250 caps will cost you around $ 30 on Amazon.
On the contrary, in case you have not found a wooden board to use, yes you can buy it. In the Large DIY stores, the cheapest boards can cost less than $ 5 per square meter.
Cork Board – Steps to Make a Cork Board with Wine Stoppers
Once you have all the materials needed to create the cork board you can start creating it.
Step 1: First of all, we will prepare the wooden board so that it looks attractive because it is likely that the one you found has some flaws or you do not like its color. We also need to put a “frame” on the board. To do this, from the board you bought, cut four slats with the wood saw to position them around the perimeter of the board, so that they act as a frame when we put the caps on. Paint the wood plank with wood paint or colored varnish until it reaches the desired color.
2nd step: Like the corks that we are going to use were used, they continue to give off the smell of the wine or drink they contained. To remove the smell from the corks, we will immerse them in water with white wine vinegar for a few hours, then let them dry. Otherwise, you can also let the corks dry in the sun for a day or two, which should also eliminate odors for the most part.
Step 3: As it is likely that you do not have a huge number of takes, we will make the most of them and, incidentally, we will make things easier for you by adhering them later. You can achieve this by cutting the caps with the knife in half, thus obtaining twice as much material. If you’re feeling particularly greedy, you can also cut the cards into “slices” to maximize the area you can cover with the cards you have. However, being circles, you will have spaces on the board without filling. It’s a question of taste. Either way, cutting the corks will make us have a flat surface on the piece of cork so that we can stick it firmly to the board.
It should be added that you take special care when cutting the caps because you might accidentally cut yourself. By not having a flat starting surface, the plugs will try to “escape” from the knife when pressure is applied, causing the knife to slide and injure you.
Step 4: Once you have cut the corks separate them by shape and color. Due to the color the wine gives, many of your corks will be stained purple and some will not. Grouping the caps by shape and color will help us when creating the chalkboard since we can make geometric shapes or simple designs with them. At this point in the process, you will also need to decide how the caps will be laid out on the board. Will you put them all horizontal, diagonal or mixed?
Step 5: The time for truth has arrived. Once you have decided on the arrangement of caps on the blackboard we will devote ourselves to gluing them on their flat side with white carpenter’s glue. You will need to clean a worktable to do this because the white glue, while very strong, takes a while to dry, so you should leave the entire craft in a horizontal position for at least a day. There are people who just glue the caps with hot melt (glue guns) or with silicone because these are much faster when it comes to gluing. However, what they gain in speed, they lose in strength. You have to keep in mind which cork board you are going to use. You will be nailing and unlocking the thumbtacks over and over again causing the adhesive to continuously suffer. Quick glue and silicone will not withstand this treatment, white carpenter’s glue will.
Step 6: Once the caps in position you can give it a nice shine by applying the varnish. This, in turn, will protect the wood and cork, keeping them like the first day.
Step 7: Once everything is dry and well glued, nail a socket on the back of the cork board and a point on the wall where you want it hang your creation. You can now hang it on the wall so that your notes are always visible.
Video of a cork board with wine corks
If you want a visual aid to do cork board, below we share a link to a video in which one of them is created. It should be noted that the video is in English. However, you will find that everything shown in the video does not require an explanation.
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