Yesterday the girls were finally feeling better, and the house was warm, so I used that opportunity to do a quick project I've had in mind for awhile now. I've gotten in the habit of saving all of my corks from wine that I open, and even have purchased large bags of corks at thrift stores, with the thought that someday I would do something with them. I briefly had considered making a bath mat out of corks, like this:
I also considered going the bulletin board route, like this:
But when I stumbled across this, I knew I had to do it:
Source: Vintage News Junkie
Now, I didn't follow the method described at the blog above to create my monogram - I didn't trust my ability to freely create a 'B' without using an outline/backing. Here's a brief tutorial as to how I created our B monogram out of corks.
Fist off, I began by printing out a large 'B' in my desired font and size onto computer paper. I used the "Word Art" feature in Microsoft Word, so nothing fancy - I was just trying to create a stencil to trace/cut onto cardboard.
Then, I attached the piece of paper to a piece of cardboard with a glue stick, so that it wouldn't move around as I was trying to cut it out.
Then I cut out the B with an X-Acto knife. NOTE: after this step was completed, I probably should have peeled off the paper from the cardboard, leaving only the cardboard, but I didn't. It would have resulted in a more professional looking finished product.
Finally, I was ready to attach the corks. I grabbed my glue gun, warmed it up, and I was ready to go.
I started to lay out each of the corks on the cardboard before gluing them down, but it didn't work very well since they were so wobbly, so I just decided to chance it and glue down one cork at a time. I spread the glue on the cork itself, and then pressed it down firmly onto the cardboard. For corks that would be touching other corks, I spread the glue on the bottom o the cork, and then also down the side of the cork to which it would attach, if this makes sense - I was just trying to make the corks as stable as possible. I tried to intersperse the red wine corks among the white wine corks, resulting in a slight polka dot effect with the red stained corks popping up throughout the letter.
The gluing of the corks took the longest by far - I would estimate that it took about an hour. But when the hour was up, I had this finished product:
I'm happy with how it turned out - it's a nice addition to our bookshelf, and it was a good way to make a dent in those corks I've been hoarding!