DIY cork board

A couple of years ago, I was the secretary for Tidewater Baptist Temple. On one of my paper runs to Office Max, I noticed a cork board made from wine corks. It was way overpriced, and that day I decided that I was going to make my own. I don't drink, but many of my extended family members do. I mentioned the cork board to them and asked them to save me their wine corks. So, for the past couple of years, every time I see my Grandparents, or my Uncle Jeff, I get a gift bag full of corks. Every Christmas there has been a little bag under the tree full of {you guessed it} corks. I kept them all in the same wicker basket, and continued adding to it until we moved to Knoxville. Once we got here, I knew it was time. I went to Hobby Lobby and spent $4 on a foam board. I spent another $3 on some loctite glue.

Here's the set-up.

After one row of corks, the entire bottle of glue was gone. I don't know what I expected, but it wasn't that. I was not willing to spend $3 on glue for every row of corks. Matthew made the brilliant suggestion to try my trusty hot glue gun. He's a smarty pants. :) So, I did. It was easy-peasy. I am thrilled with the end product. It's way cooler than the one I saw for sale, and it was about 1/8 of the price. After I finished, Matthew used his leatherman to cut off the extra foam and attach a wire to the back so we could hang it in our {almost finished} living room. What do you think?

And then a close up.

There's something fulfilling about doing something yourself to make your home a prettier place. I love it. :)

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