A few months ago I was shopping at Anthropologie and was immediately inspired by their creative window display. The decorative cork balls were fantastic and I couldn’t wait to make some for my bookshelf. This DIY project is very easy and only requires a few supplies, most of which can be found at your local craft store. I got my corks from colleagues and family members who save them, however if you are not fortunate enough to have a slew of winos in your circle, you can purchase used corks on eBay quite easily.
Essential Project Supplies:
- 240 Wine corks
- 6 inch Styrofoam ball
- Brown acrylic paint
- Paint brush
- Glue gun and sticks
Note: The number of corks will vary depending on the diameter of the Styrofoam ball.
Start by painting the Styrofoam cork with the brown paint. The coverage should just be enough to ensure no white shows through once the corks are applied. Let the paint dry.
Sort the corks. I chose to do an all white wine cork ball and an all red wine cork ball. If you do a mix, make sure you have enough of each color to cover the ball evenly between the two colors.
Apply glue to one side of the cork and place it on the cork ball, pressing firmly and holding for a few seconds. Continue to add corks to the ball, making sure that the corks touch one another. If you are alternating between red and white wine corks, check the pattern as you glue.
Let the cork ball dry and clear away any glue strands and clumps. Place the cork ball in its new home!
This project only takes a couple of hours and is perfect if you’re looking for something creative to do on the weekend. If you love decorating with corks just as much as I do, check out these great cork projects I found on Pinterest.