Creative Reuse 2008: Wine Corks and Salvaged Wood as Cork Board

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Everyone's got a few wine corks lying around from an evening of fun, or relaxation... Well Heather's figured out an easy way to reuse them and keep the kitchen organized. Click below to find out how!

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Objects:I am using corks and old wooden posts that are possibly from a fence.
Project: First I custom built a frame with the wood, and then I added the corks to make a cork board for the kitchen.
Instructions:To make the frame I first cut the wood in to 4 equal lengths. Then I cut the ends on 45 degree angles. I nailed it together on the corners and attached a backing of chipboard which I found in the trash.

As for the corks, I first arranged them to make sure they all fit snug, then I picked them up one at a time and applied some hot glue with a glue gun and stuck them in to place. The hardest part is making sure the hot glue does not leave any whispy tails that stick out.
Inspiration:I was inspired by a colleague who had started making furniture out of wood found in the garbage. He made me realize that buying new wood is often unnecessary since so much ends up on the trash when people tear down parts of their homes, and often it has more character. So I just starting thinking about creative ways to use used wood, and this is one way I came up with. Luckily I had some friends who really enjoy their Prosecco which made collecting the corks a breeze. Thanks Michelle & May!

(Thanks, Heather!)

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Rachel is an Chicago-based architect and LEED Accredited Professional. When she's not designing homes, she enjoys spending her free time traveling, gardening, and playing with her french bulldog.