Getting Organized: A New-Old Cork Board

Happy New Year’s Everyone!

Since January is the season of New Year’s resolutions, and I wanted to post about one of mine; “Get Organized.”  While this may be easier said than done, I have taken a few drastic steps towards a more organized life.  Most recently I was finally able to hang up a wonderful large bulletin board that I made many months ago out of recycled wine corks.

the3Rsblog Recycled Cork Board Collage

I used two large pieces of particle board that I had been saving, and simply made the board in two square pieces which fitted together into one large rectangle.  Using hot glue I attached the corks one by one, doing my best to keep each row as even as possible.  I was actually quite surprised at the difference in heights of the different varieties of corks, as well as the different widths, but by fitting shorter corks on top of longer ones, I was able to keep each row roughly even.  While completely unnecessary, aesthetically it was something I felt was important.  I could have glued the corks on in either direction, but I chose to glue them on vertically next to each other, so that I added each row horizontally as it is now hanging on the wall.

the3Rsblog Recycled Cork Board

I can’t wait to fill it up with inspirations for both this blog and my business.  Right now I’m using a few fabric covered pushpins that I made a while back, but I will probably augment those with a bunch of simple T-pins once I remember where I stashed my supply…

What organizational projects have you undertaken recently?  Or what other New Year’s resolutions are you tackling instead?

Happy 2013!  Allison

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74 Responses to Getting Organized: A New-Old Cork Board

  1. Nikitaland says:

    Love this! I’ve got a huge jar of corks piling up and this could be the project to put them to good use! How big is your board?

  2. Wonderfull! I love this and I had the same idea some years ago. 🙂
    But I don`t drink wine, so I can`t create my own organized wall… unfortunately…

    love greetings,

  3. Nikitaland says:

    You should ask a local bar or restaurant to save the corks for you! I am sure they would!

  4. Did you cut them in half to make it easier to glue down?

    • Nope, I didn’t want to bother with the work involved cutting them in half. And they are just as easy as cylinders, the hot glue I used oozes to fill in when the cork curves. Though if you were worried that you didn’t have enough corks, cutting them in half would double your haul.

  5. Genevieverose says:

    Michales was having a great sale on these cut little boxes that are perfect for all of my crafting things. Im also changing my room in the house, so my stuff is going up, the other persons down, but I think that it will all work out well in the end. I’ve made a book case and other things to make orginization a bit easier. Thank for this idea, although I will never find that many corks. 🙂

  6. kate says:

    I really want to start saving my wine corks! There are so many cute things you can do with them (like this! )

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  8. Matt Jessee says:

    I did something similar to this. I drilled a small hole at one end of the cork and shoved a thumbtack in there, that way I had wine cork thumbtacks!

    • I love this idea! I’ll definitely have to give it a try. Did you squeeze any glue in the hole before shoving the thumbtack inside? I assume you used the big ones, not the small flat metal ones? More like a pushpin? I’m thinking maybe I’d try cutting the corks in half first, to save corks and make the final pushpin look smaller. Thanks for sharing! Allison

  9. Linda H says:

    How did you attach the board to the wall? I would guess that it was pretty heavy by the time you were done. I’ve got plenty of corks and am excited to try this!

    • I was going to attach a few picture hangers onto the back and then just hang it on a few nails, but then I decided instead to use plastic ‘Velcro’ strips made by 3M, they are part of their removable hook line. I figured out how much each panel weighed and then looked at how much each Velcro strip could hold and just over estimated. (I wanted to add weight to compensate for all the stuff I was going to add eventually.) And so far so good!

  10. Linda H says:

    Thanks gal! I am now motivated to make a similar board. I didn’t know about Velcro strips. Sounds good.

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  13. littlekoo says:

    What a lovely take on the corkboard. Now I just have to drink enough wine to save all those corks…

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  18. Kris says:

    I’m so excited to make this board! I bartend and so collecting corks is no challenge. It’s been months, but I’m almost there. We sling A LOT of wine : ) I recently bitched out an employee for trashing my stash after a busy Saturday night. Ha. Really. This project has me crazed for corks! Thanks for the beautiful idea. I plan to hang it above my sewing desk as an Inspirational Board.

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  20. kitblu says:

    I am in the process of using corks to make a mat. My kitchen has ceramic tile which is not comfortable. I love to cook and try new recipes so I can be standing for quite some time.

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  32. ruthmollema says:

    Hello! Did you do anything to remove the smell of wine, or wasn’t it neccesary?
    Thanks in advance! (:

    • I didn’t really notice any overwhelming wine smells and so didn’t bother trying to remove it. Most of the corks were pretty old and had been sitting around in a bit for a while so probably aired out that way. I think also once you make your cork board it is going to sit out in the open air and that will air out any last remaining smells. I’d be way more worried about trying to wash all the corks and get them fully dry and everything else, it seems like a hassle!

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  37. What an awesome idea! I have been looking for a fun & creative way to finally put all my saved wine corks to use, AND I have been thinking about getting some sort of board for the very same purpose as yours: my (dog) blog & my (pet sitting) business! HA! I will so be doing this!

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  40. TJ Kemp says:

    how many corks did you use?

  41. TJ Kemp says:

    how many corks did you use? great idea btw!

    • I really don’t know exactly how many corks I used, I wasn’t counting, and it would totally depend on the size of your finished board. But from the photos it looks like it is approximately 730 corks. (27 rows, and the top row has 27 across as well, though I’m not sure all rows were exactly even like that.) I hope this helps! Remember my board is pretty large, so a smaller board would use fewer corks.

  42. This is such a cool way to reuse old corks! Hope you don’t mind me including it in my top 3 up cycle DIYs round-up 🙂

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