by laura janning

A "Corky" Tutorial

April 13, 2012

So, exactly how many bottles of my favorite wine does it take.......
 to make this combination cork/chalk board that I showed you here?

The answer- about 350 bottles.
Today I wanted to show you how to put this combination chalk and cork board together 
Supplies needed
  • Wine corks- lots of them
  • Piece of MDF- my piece was pre-cut to 36inch x24inch
  • trim for the outside frame
  • picture frame for the chalkboard
  • chalk paint
  • paint for the outer frame- I used White Wheat from SW
  • liquid nails- to secure your frames
  • hot glue gun- to secure your wine corks
Step 1) Cut  your trim pieces for the frame. Assemble your  boards on your piece of MDF.
Step 2) Secure your trim with liquid nails and clamp down to dry. You can also use finishing nails to secure.
Step 3) Paint the outside frame and your piece of MDF. I painted the inside as well in case any of it was showing through the corks
Step 4)  Secure your inner frame for the chalk board with wood glue. This frame should also be painted BEFORE you apply your corks. Now is a good time to paint the inside of the chalk board  with chalkboard paint.
 Step 5) Assembly time! I spent a fair amount of time placing the corks down on my board BEFORE I applied any glue. Once I determined the placement of the corks I started to glue them down with my hot glue gun. I started one on side and worked my way over to the other.
 Step 6) The board is ready to hang once you secure picture hanging wire and screws to the back.

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  1. AWESOME!! What a great idea! Have a great weekend!

  2. Laura, this is so great! I have a stash of corks, now you've given me an idea for them!
    Have a great weekend,

  3. I love this project so much! What a clever idea! Linda posted an entire wine cork floor!

    I am totally pinning this.


  4. Can't visit, I gotta go drink some wine, I'm about 300 bottles short.


  5. LOVE it!! I can't wait to do this. I wish I would've started collecting corks sooner because I'd have enough to make two of these lol!

  6. Such a great looking piece. I love the idea. I am collecting corks, so maybe I will have enough soon. I love to display them. Hugs, Marty

  7. Very nice. I love that you combined the chalkboard with the corkboard. I like that a lot!

  8. I'm your newest follower!

  9. This is amazing! I have many corks just waiting for a cool project. This may be it! Great job!!

  10. I'm going to have go and buy me some more wine I think! This is great!

    My weekly Say G'day Linky Party is on now and I would be so thrilled if you could join in and link up this great post!

    Best wishes for a fabulous weekend!
    Natasha in Oz

  11. Hello, I'm visiting from the UBP - that's a lot of wine! Both my husband and I love wine and we are slowly collecting for some project of our own.

    I love how it turned out!! I would love it if you linked this project up to my weekly blog hop: http://romanceonadime.com/diy/take-it-on-tuesday-blog-hop-24-moss-wreath-finished/

  12. I just wanna know where the tute is for the pillows.... I just went thru every post since then, (over a week) and I don't see it... :(

  13. Hey, Laura, I love your project & all the time you put into it, but yeah, it's a project & not really a thrifty find. Please come back & share again when you get a thriftstore/yardsale find. I don't mind redos, but this one is out of the box for my party. Thanks for stopping by! I hate to be the rule nazi, but have to keep it on track.

  14. I love it! Very pretty cork art. I would love for you to share at my Anything Goes linky, it runs every Friday to Monday.

  15. 350!?! Oh, I'm a long way off, better open up another bottle.


  16. I should have plenty of corks for this project b/c I've been collecting for 5-10 yrs. Never have done my wine cork projects. Thanks for the inspiration.


  17. love this! inspires me to finish mine!
    gonna show off your project as well when I post mine hope you dont mind!

  18. Amazing! I'm new to crafting so I'm trying to get inspiration from others, not quite sure where I want to start. This looks fun though. I've never even heard of liquid nails or chalkboard paint.

    I'm new to your blog following via GFC, Linky Followers, plus all the other ones Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. I found you at Make the Scene.

    You can find my blog here at this link http://skylarinc.blogspot.com/



  19. This is a fantastic project! I would love it if you would consider sharing it at my Pinworthy Projects Link Party over at Just Us Four!

  20. Super fun project....loaded with lots of fun to get there (yeah for wine!)

  21. I LOVE your cork project!!! I would love for you to share it at my party going on now at Jillify It!

    Have a wonderful day! I'm a new follower!

  22. So I went to Lowe's today to get my supplies and found that MDF is 3/4" thick, and quite heavy! Do you recommend usinf 1/4" plywood instead for hanging?

  23. I found this project fascinating, but as someone not familiar with diy terms, acronyms like MDF and SW are unfamiliar to me.


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