Friday, July 22, 2011

Wine Cork Letter

I'm loving adding a single letter around the house to complete a gallery wall or as a bookend. I put a large "G" in our Master Bedroom and we have a small "G" on our fireplace mantel in the living room. So if you are a letter fan, and also enjoy wine, you'll appreciate this project.

Supplies:
Wine Corks - I asked for corks when Mr. G and I were wine tasting a year ago and was handed 3 bags of them. If you don't have the same luck I saw a bag of corks at Michaels. Bring a coupon.
Letter - this one is from Hobby Lobby (for a friend who is getting married next month).
Glue gun / glue sticks


A tutorial really isn't needed here. Glue the corks to the letter...


Although, there is some strategy involved. It's kind of like putting a puzzle together. But if the pieces don't fit, cut them. 
Use a razor blade to quarter the cork, then use the pieces as filler for any gaps. 
A knife won't work. Trust.


And about an hour later you have a gorgeous letter that would look great anywhere in the house.


Like on your mantel


Or on a shelf



And to die for in a gallery wall. Just stick a picture frame Command strip to the back and you're set!



If you don't have time to drink 50 bottles of wine make your own, you can order one from my Etsy shop Amanda G Designs. Thanks for stopping by!

-Amanda

50 comments:

  1. neat idea. it looks great. that's so nice that they gave you all of those corks.

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  2. I love this idea! I better start drinking... :)

    www.whatyoumakeit-coley.blogspot.com

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  3. What a fun idea!! I love it! Following you back. :)

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  4. Really cute idea! Following you from the Saturday blog hop. Hope you'll follow me, too. :) http://my-alfabet-soup.blogspot.com

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  5. That's so cool! My friend makes things out of wine corks, I'll have to show her this! Great blog, am a new follower!

    http://marleeindebt.blogspot.com

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  6. What a neat idea! I love how that C looks (especially on the mantel) :) Can't wait to read more! Following you from the Meet Me Monday hop (would love a follow back!)

    http://www.articlepros.blogspot.com/

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  7. This is too adorable. I am pining this because it will definately be a future project.

    megan
    craftycpa.blogspot.com

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  8. Newest follower! Just pulled a bag of corks out today and saw this and am SO excited to copy your idea- thank you for the quick tute & tips :) Hope you will show this off @ our weekend linky party going on! Happy Sunday!

    :)Kristi & Kelli
    http://lollyjaneboutique.blogspot.com/

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  9. I am stealing this idea!!! fabulous! :) ~nancy~

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  11. This is so cute. I have a lot of wine corks and I want to do a couple of projects with them and this would be perfect. I would love it if you would come and link this post (and/or others) with the crafty blog hop I just started at http://linesacrossmyface.blogspot.com/2011/07/craft-link-party-1-cure-for-common.html
    :) Rachel

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  12. Cute!! I need to try this. I joined from Rachel's new link party. Stop on by mine when you can: http://directionsnotincluded.blogspot.com

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  13. Brilliant idea! Thanks for the inspiration =D

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  14. I see this project in my very near future! Thanks for the idea!

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  15. I turned out Great! I love this idea.

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  16. I am so excited to do this as a gift! My sister is about to get engaged and I want to make them for her and her fiance!

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  17. I love it! Is it weird that I want to sniff it? I would be thrilled if you linked this up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now: http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/07/tuesday-confessional-link-up-party.html
    See you soon!
    ~Macy

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  18. so cute!! I need to down a few more bottles of wine before I can attempt this one!! :)

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  19. great idea! Motivates me to open another bottle (wink). new follower too!

    found you on a link party.

    xo, laura

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  20. I am so making this. My husband is drinking wine as we speak. I told him to save all the corks! Of course he doesn't need an excuse to drink more wine. Thanks for this great project. I am your newest follower I cant wait to browse your blog.

    www.nicole-blissfullyblessed.blogspot.com

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  21. Oh my goodness, I need to make this for my mother in law...yours is the first tutorial I have seen. Thanks for the tips, I am excited to make one of my own. And, thank you for linking up, I love seeing what you have been up to!
    Ps
    I am making that ice cream cake you posted for my MIL's birthday today!

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  22. This is a super idea! My family's initial just happens to be a C as well. I am already picturing this on our wine shelf! :) You have been pinned and HomeSavvyAtoZ.com is your newest follower! I hope you will stop by and share this project at my Savvy Homemade Monday next week!

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  23. This is so cute, I love it.
    Jessica
    http://thatgivesmeanidea.blogspot.com

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  24. I love this idea! I have been collecting wine corks and writing what I was doing with them when I drank them. But, I will have to set a few aside for this project!

    http://msgotitalltogether.blogspot.com/2011/07/saving-those-little-momentsvia-wine.html

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  25. I love this idea -I wanted to let you know that I featured this on my "What I Bookmarked This Week" post Stop by and see!

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  26. I said it before, and I will say it again... I love this! Thanks for linking up at my party!

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  27. Thanks for linking up to last week's Tuesday Confessional! You've been featured so stop by and grab a brag button!
    http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/08/favorites-from-last-weeks-tuesday.html
    ~Macy

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  28. Any restaurant that serves wine is likely to have leftover corks. Just ask them to save them for you instead of tossing them. What a neat idea!

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  29. I love this! The texture and neutrality of color in cork is unbeatable, isn't it?

    I'm your newest follower.

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  30. Hi! I just wanted to let you know your cork letter was featured as a most popular link at Savvy HomeMade Monday last week!

    http://www.homesavvyatoz.com/2011/08/07/bog-party-2/

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  31. I love this idea! I'm going to try this. I'm your latest follower, thanks for visiting my blog.
    http://www.krista-artista.blogspot.com/

    Krista

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  32. I absolutely love this idea! I am going to have to recreate it for myself. :)

    By the way, I have a fun giveaway going on now, I would love to have you check it out--

    http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2011/08/uprinting-giveaway.html

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  33. My daughter is saving wine corks for me for a project,I believe I found the project. Thanks!!
    http://trescherechattel.blogspot.com/

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  34. I love this! It turned out so cute! I found your blog through a link party and love it! I love to make new blogging friends! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks so much!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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  35. I featured your awesome cork letter DIY project in a DIY Cork project line-up on my blog http://www.ScrapHacker.com - This is a direct link: http://bit.ly/DIY-cork-hacks

    Thanks for the inspiration!
    /ScrapHacker.com

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  36. I am such a lover of wine and have been saving corks for at least a year. NOW I know how to put them to good use. Thanks for sharing.

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  37. I've been saving wine corks for some time now to do something special with them...to make keepsakes out of all those. I recently saw the letter thing on Pinterest and knew right away that this was what I wanted! I do have a question though...I want to shape an 'S' with the corks...do you think it'll be difficult (with all the curves in the letter), and also what material did you use in the back for support and where did you get it?

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    1. I don't think an S will be difficult since the corks are round. Start with the curves first and work your way towards the ends. The "C" is a wooden letter from Hobby Lobby. They have similar ones at Michael's.

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  38. Great idea! Now I know how to use my corks :)

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  39. LOVE THIS!!! You should enter this in the cork DIY Design Challenge on About.com!!! http://video.about.com/recreate/DIY-Challenge.htm

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  40. I would love to do this... But I want a "huge" letter for my entry way. Do you know of any places that I might be able to get the "background?"

    Thank you!
    Dre

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    1. Hi Dre. At Joann's they have very large paper mache letters. You can glue to corks to the sides and on the front, instead of gluing them on end, glue them laying flat. It would be quite a puzzle but would look great. Or get a large piece of plywood and have the letter cut out. Good luck!

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  41. I Have Collected Wine Corks For Ten Years, Filling Up A Wicker Picnic Basket... Thanks For Some Great Ideas On How To Craft With Them!

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  42. I have a lot of wine corks and will definitely make this with letters M and J. Will look nice on my mantle or my table against the wall.

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