Wine Harlots drink a lot of wine, and have a dilemma. Not about the wine consumption, but what to do with all the cork closures. Join us while we find uses for the leftover corks.
This idea came from reader Dan Ting, who was stricken with H1N1 last winter, bored to death at home and created two cork boards to adorn his outdoor fireplace. The two boards have over 950 corks (Dan was very clear that he only consumed about 15% of these bottles over 15 years – most were collected from wineries during a Napa/Sonoma wine tour!)
The frame is made out of plywood and cedar fence pickets. Ideally they would have been taller to cover all of the stone/mortar but they need to be able to slide into a smaller opening. They were stained to match the covered patio finish. Since this is outdoors and on occasion water gets into the space a small bead of silicone chalk was run between the frame and the plywood. Start with a 2 x 2 pattern and test fit the complete row before you begin adhereing the corks with hot glue, (you will need to adjust as corks come in varied lengths and diameters and there will be gaps at the end of the row). Repeat until the board is filled. When placing the boards in the fireplace, the were elevated from the ground with 3 plastic corks so they wouldn’t rest in water in the event rain blows in. Voilà!
Are you inspired to break out a glue gun? Wine Harlots are inspired to open a few bottles of wine, 950 corks don’t appear magically, my friend. Perfect division of labor – you get crafty, The Harlot gets thirsty.
photo and instructions courtesy of Dan Ting