DIY: Decorative Cork Balls

2 Dec

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.

Anthropologie window display of cork balls made from recycled wine corks

Anthropologie window display – Spring 2011

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.

Step One:

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.

Step Two:

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.

Step Three:

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.

Step 4:

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.

xoxo, Andi

26 Responses to “DIY: Decorative Cork Balls”

  1. Inez December 2, 2011 at 7:53 pm #

    This is so cute! LOVE IT!
    Have to try!

    • allputtogether December 2, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

      Thanks Inez! :) Send me a picture if you decide to make one!

  2. Laura December 8, 2011 at 8:28 pm #

    Fun idea. Liked your pics of other cork ideas too.

  3. Amber Benike February 17, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    I saw you on Moms 4 Real Linky Party. I have been making cork balls for awhile! They are really fun and I never get tired of them! Probably because I love cork projects. I’ve never painted mine before, thanks for a great tip!

  4. Tania Angelo February 17, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    How cool! I love easy project that look so good! Yours look great!

    Tania

  5. Jessica @ Mom 4 Real February 23, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    Thank you so much for linking up to my first link party last Friday! Party #2 is live, and I would love for you to come link up something new!

    http://www.mom4realky.blogspot.com/2012/02/4-real-friday-link-party-2.html

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

  6. erin January 4, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    What size corks do you use? Mine doesn’t quite look the same! Maybe the corks are too short….

    • allputtogether January 5, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

      Hi Erin – I used standard wine works. If you like, send me a picture of the ball and I can help troubleshoot your problem. allputtogetherinfo[at]gmail.com. Thanks for reading!

  7. Amanda February 18, 2013 at 10:30 pm #

    Whoa – This is way cool! I’ve seen a lot of wine cork projects but hadn’t seen this one yet. We have a TON of corks and I’m sure I could spare a few to try this out. Pinning it! :)

    Found you from the Monday Funday party and I’m also a new follower on Twitter & Pinterest!

    • allputtogether February 19, 2013 at 11:41 am #

      Thanks for the lovely comment and the follows Amanda! There were so many great projects posted to the Monday Funday party, I’m honored you looked at mine! :)

  8. Charlotte July 2, 2013 at 6:18 am #

    Such a fun party idea!

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