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Wine Cork Letter “S”

I’ve wanted to do another wine cork project for our bar area for a while, but wasn’t sure how I wanted to use the corks we’ve been saving. The hubs and I went over to our neighbors’ house last week for impromptu s’mores (awesome neighbors, right?) and I had total craft envy of the wine cork “E” Allie had made for their kitchen. I was also mad impressed by how many crafts she’d done recently and am still wondering why she doesn’t have a craft blog, too!? Anyway, I asked where she got her letter and resolved to make a wine cork “S” for our bar area. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and I loved her pretty “E!”

After picking up my black “S” from Hobby Lobby, I sat down and tried to figure out just how I wanted to cover my letter. Allie sliced her corks in half horizontally so she could lay them flat against her letter. This used less corks and showed off the labels. I liked that effect a lot, but I didn’t want to lose the pretty wine-colored ends of some of my corks, so I glued mine vertically to my letter.

As I was planning out my “S,” I realized that I didn’t have corks for 1/3 of my letter, so I promptly destroyed a craft project I had done earlier that was just sitting in my craft room to get the remaining corks. Wouldn’t you know it, it was the perfect amount with not a cork to spare.

I began my “S” by gluing corks to both ends of the letter, choosing darker corks and champagne corks. I used E-6000 to glue the corks to the letter, choosing to go with that instead of hot glue with hopes that it will stick a tad bit better. We’ll se.

Once the end corks were on, I started gluing my corks to fill in the remainder of the “S.” I wanted to do a striped pattern at first — wine-stained corks, then non-stained corks — but opted for a random pattern instead.

I just love how pretty the purple end of a cork is — such a nice, rich color. Makes me thirsty 🙂

Not long after I started, my pretty wine cork “S” was complete! Man, we drink a lot of wine!

Thanks for the inspiration, Allie!


35 thoughts on “Wine Cork Letter “S””

  1. Hi Jess! I’ve been googling around for wine cork DIY decor stuff…ugh, why are there so many ugly wine cork crafts out there!? Love your S. And it’s the same letter I’m looking to do.

    Had a couple questions…how did you hang it, did you attach just a basic picture-hanging thingy to the back? And then what material is this letter from HL? I was afraid that if I just get a basic cardboard letter, all of the corks will make it too heavy to support itself.

    Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Annie,

      The letter is wood, not cheap-o cardboard. It’s been hanging on the wall for quite some time now and is holding up perfectly. The letter has the open keyhole style of picture hanger on the back so it can sit flush against the wall. I did add one command strip to the back to keep the “S” straight on the wall, otherwise it tilted one way because of the weight distribution of the corks. I actually forgot I had done that until I went to check what kind of hanger it had, so that too is holding strong.

      Glad you liked this project. It is one of my favorites! And I totally know what you mean — there are a lot of ugly wine projects out there haha.

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