When Mellow Man and I got married, and consolidated our homes, we ended up consolidating a lot of wine corks.  Or rather, Mellow Man gave me his collection of wine corks that he had been gathering for 10 years or so.  They were all different shapes and sizes, and there were a lot of them.  A LOT!  I wasn’t exactly sure what to do with them.  I saw several round-ups on Pinterest that included a variety of ideas with cork, including someone who did a large initial letter with wine corks.  After finding a large “L” in Michael’s, I decided that making a giant monogram for our kitchen would be a perfect use of our spare wine corks.  (I think that the letter cost between $3 and $5.  It wasn’t terribly expensive.)  In the end this project took a bit longer than I thought it would because Mellow Man’s 10 year collection of corks wasn’t quite enough!  We had to gather a few more.  We asked some friends, I started cooking with more wine, and Mellow Man made the sacrifice and drank a few more bottles of red wine!

My Mom Made That: Dyed Cork Initial

This project was very easy, it just took patience.  I unfortunately lack patience, so I had a hard time waiting for everything to dry. I attached the corks directly to the “L” using wood glue.  I did one small cluster at a time, and then I would allow them to dry.  This was the part that took the most time and patience.  I hate waiting for the glue to dry!  I suppose that I could have used a glue gun, but I did a search on the internet when working with cork board for my command center, and read that wood glue worked well with cork.  I have had some horrible burns with my glue gun, so I try to use the glue gun only for projects that seem suited for that device.  (I’m somewhat clumsy, and have the glue gun burn scars to prove it!)

My Mom Made That: Dyed Cork Monogram

I randomly placed the corks, as I wanted an uneven scattered look.  I also had a bunch of different sizes.  I know that if you purchase wine corks they could be more uniform in size and shape.  I think that it probably took several evenings to cover the wooden “L” with the wine corks.  After you’ve let the wood glue dry, and you’ve completely over the letter with your corks, you can dye the corks.  To do this, I used a color wash by Adirondack.  Before spraying the entire “L” with the color wash, I tested this color and one other color with two spare corks.  I liked this color best, and thought that it looked like deep red wine when it dried.  I sprayed the color wash over the cork liberally, and then dabbed it with a paper towel to encourage absorption and blend the dye.  If you are sensitive to having your hands dyed for a few days, I’d suggest wearing gloves.  My hands were a shade of burgundy for about 3 days!

My Mom Made That: Dyed Cork Initial

I’m delighted with how the letter turned out, and it’s sitting in our kitchen now. It’s great to have the corks decorating the kitchen, rather than cluttering kitchen and scattered all over the house. What have you done with your wine corks?

My Mom Made That: Dyed Cork Initial

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