In a traditional home, these corks on a black background would be gorgeous. Mine is not a traditional home.
I have this little space above my kitchen window and I wanted something to hang in it. I thought for days about a short word I could spell out in corks. Then it hit me, like the edge of a wine glass, "cheers"!
I can remember my first glass of wine which was also my first alcoholic beverage. I was the ripe old age of 35 and at a business dinner where everyone was raving about one of the reds. I decided to try a glass. It was very dry and full of tannins and I was totally unprepared, expecting something like tart grape juice! I nearly choked and would have spit it out except for the humiliation and fact it would stain the cloth napkins. The rest of the night, I sipped it politely wondering to myself with each forced swallow how anyone could drink this stuff.
Five years later I'm a wine enthusiast. My personal favorites are dry, red wines... Zinfandels to be exact. If you are not a wine drinker send me a bottle. I'll gladly drink it and send you back the split cork.
If you are a wine drinker, here's how to easily split your corks. Steam them.
I put them in my veggie steamer over boiling water for just a few minutes. Pull them out with tongs and cut them in half with a kitchen knife. The steaming opens up the cork so it's not as dense making them easier to cut.
My board is 8x36" and I wanted to paint it a really bright color. I used some acrylic paint mixing it right on the board.
While that was drying I arranged the cut corks. Darn, I was short eight. Back to the steaming pot...
Next, just hot glue them in place.
Open a bottle, sit back and enjoy your craftiness!
Because, then comes the most nerve-wracking and difficult part of the project.... getting your husband to hang it for you. I'm still trying to figure this step out. Until then, it's resting in my windowsill.