After finishing painting our dining room chairs, I had some of the paint left over, and not wanting it to go to waste I decided to spruce up a fruit bowl that we don’t really use. I picked it up from Sass and Belle in London a couple of years ago, I love the heart shape but I’m now not so keen on the colour, so decided to turn it into a memory board using lots of corks!
I’m the only one in our house that drinks wine/champagne, so I called around family and friends and asked them to start saving up theirs, eventually I amassed enough to fill the whole heart. After a lick of paint, a light sand and adding in the corks this is what I ended up with . . .
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN CORK MEMORY BOARD
You’ll need –
* Selection of corks
* Glue gun
* Chalky paint
* Creme Wax
* Box frame or similar
Step one – Start by painting your item using the chalky paints. Leave to dry.
Step two – Once dry give a light sand, allowing some of the wood to show through. Then apply the wax, and leave to dry.
Step three – Position the corks in your ‘frame’, once happy with the position of them all, use a hot glue gun to secure in place. Continue to secure all of the corks in place.
I used some ladybird push pins that I picked up from Paperchase to secure my collected bits and pieces, but you could also make your own.
I used some of the corks both the right way up and upside down to get a nice snug fit. I also arranged them so that I had some plain corks inbetween the patterned ones to avoid it looking too busy.