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Got Cork?

I made a new corkboard for my sewing room.  I got the idea from a house we rented in Paradise Valley, Montana on a trip to Yellowstone.  They had one in the kitchen by the phone and used it for posting photos & messages.

 

I fell in love with the concept, and even though I’m not a wine drinker, I started a campaign to collect as many wine corks as possible so I could make my own.  After 2 years, I had only collected half a shoebox full.  Thanks to the miracle of Craigslist, I found a wine collector who had saved 12 years worth of corks from around the world and had decided to unload them for $10.  Imagine my surprise when he handed me a trash bag full.  Seven one-gallon Ziploc bags full, to be exact.  I was stunned and thrilled simultaneously.  I went straight to Hobby Lobby and bought a frame and a black foam backer board and got to work.  It took about 2 hours to arrange and then individually glue each cork into place.

 

I love it.  It looks great, and it’s fully functional.  And it was inexpensive to make, since the frame was on sale.  Total cost was about $35.  Because it’s made with a foam backer board, an open-back frame and natural corks, it’s very lightweight, so it was easy to hang.  I added a metal hook rack (also from Hobby Lobby) below it to hang my scissors and sewing stuff on.  Now it’s fun and functional.  I had made a larger corkboard last year so I could post all my crafting dreams for inspiration, so it’s nice to have a matching set. 

  

 The ribbon rack below the larger corkboard is a metal paper towel holder I found on a clearance rack for $8.  It’s the perfect size to hold spools of ribbon for future projects or gift wrapping.  And I found a black silverware drawer organizer for $4 that holds spools of thread perfectly (under the acrylic sewing platform). As you can see from large jars in the back corner of this photo, I still have gallons of corks left.  I love it when I can be creative and cheap at the same time.  Sometimes the stars just align.

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