Window Pane Cork Board

Having seen so many hand-made cork boards all over Pinterest, I decided I wanted to try my hand at making one… if I ever accumulated enough wine corks.

Enter my friends Aaron and Ritchie who, between them and their vast number of friends, were happy to help me with my supply problem. When they had a housewarming party last week, I couldn’t think of a more appropriate gift.

4-window pane craft wood frame with hooks
Craft Smart black acrylic paint (two bottles)
1″ craft brush
Mod Podge antique decoupage sealer
56 wine corks

Painting the box — making sure all the little nooks and crannies inside each of the four panes were covered — was the most difficult part of the whole project. I ended up using two bottles of my black paint to create three coats and several touch-ups.

The second most difficult part was finding a pattern that would allow all of the corks to fit. In a perfect mathematical world, I would have been able to fit 64 corks in a 4 row by 4 column pattern inside each of the four window panes. But it’s not and the best I could do was fit 14 corks in a slightly assymetrical pattern. My friend Bobbie said the end result reminded him of Connect Four pieces (next time, Sharktopuss, next time…).

For my most recent shadow box and wall art projects, I’ve been using a spray matte or gloss sealer. But when I couldn’t find it (I suspect it was in the bag I misplaced after GenCon), I broke out the decoupage. It dried well and after two coats of the stuff, I think the wood is well protected.

The boys seemed pretty happy for their gift — at this moment, it’s sitting on top of their drinks cabinet. What do you guys think?

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~ by blackmoodcraft on September 25, 2013.

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