Crafts

Wine Cork Heart

Hi Everyone! 

Today’s project is for those wine cork collectors out there. You know, the folks that have been saving all those corks so that one day they can ‘make something’ 🙂

IMG_3442At our house, that would be my husband, Jeff. His collection was steadily growing and even though we had already used some corks in other projects (posts to come), they never used up many corks. So I decided to make something a little bigger which resulted in this heart (about 2ft tall by 1.5ft wide).

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I cut a heart out of compressed cardboard (strong enough to maintain its shape without bending while thin enough to go practically unseen underneath the corks) using a power jigsaw.

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I then sorted the corks by wine stain color (some corks had no stain while others had a rich ruby tone to them). I did this because I wanted the heart to have a gradual darkening color toward the tip. And final step was gluing the corks onto the board with a hot glue gun (being  careful not to burn any finger as I’m notoriously know for doing when using my glue gun!).

And that’s it! A simple project for a lovely handmade wall décor.

You can easily put your on twist to this project by changing size or even shape. We would love to see your interpretation so please be sure to share with us.

Thank you for visiting!

Best wishes,
Anabela

 

P.S. This could also be a lovely gift for the Mother in your life, especially one that appreciates wine because as we know:  (Though truth be told, I prefer a cold beer 😉

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Did you know?

1.       Portugal is the world’s largest cork exported

(http://www.answers.com/Q/Which_country_is_the_worlds_largest_cork_exporter?#slide=2)

2.       Cork is the outer bark of the cork oak tree. The first harvest of cork is not stripped until the tree is approximately 20 years old.

http://www.greenbuildingsupply.com/Learning-Center/Flooring-Cork-LC/Cork-101
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Cork being removed from tree. http://www.ruadireita.com/info/img/o-sobreiro-e-a-cortica.jpg

3.       Each tree can be harvested once every 10 to 12 years.

http://www.gardenguides.com/91963-cork-oak-tree.html

4.       On a cellular level, cork looks like a honeycomb of air pockets. These pockets make cork both buoyant and fire resistant, which is why it’s quickly becoming a popular home insulation material. This is the same reason cork works so well to age wine — its molecular structure makes watertight seals easy, but lets tiny bits of air move in and out, allowing the flavor and aroma molecules of wine to evolve and become more complex over time.

https://vinepair.com/articles/what-is-cork-and-why-is-it-used-to-close-wine-bottles/

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