Wine Cork Wreath Instructions
Make sure you've read the beginning of the Wine Cork Wreath Instructions to prepare the wreath base. Now it's time to start adding corks.
Start with the very bottom level. Put paper beneath your wreath so you don't glue your table! Then sort out your corks and find ones that fit nicely around in a circle. You might have to play with trying out different corks until you find a combination that fits nicely around the edge. Put glue along the bottom edge of the wreath and press the corks into place. Again if you use an expanding glue like Elmer's Ultimate, it'll make a very solid seal for you.
Give that time to dry. When it is, do the same technique on the next layer up. This time, use glue both against the wreath and on top of the previous layer of corks. This will give your new corks two different points of attachment.
OK next I did two different layers at once. I did the "third layer" on the outside, as well as the "most inside layer". I was fairly comfortable at this point with how the corks were sticking and gluing in place so I felt I could speed things up by working on the two seperate areas. You can see that I also left two "loose" corks in the center area, to make sure my spacing was working out.
Next I did the second inside layer.
Then the third inside layer. You can see it's a bit of a tight squeeze now, for the area left for the final row of corks. That's going to happen unless you somehow manage to luck out and get the exact right width of corks to go around the edge. Not to worry, the wreath ends up fine.
Here's the final layer in place. Yes it's a bit "up" from the green fabric base - instead you glue those corks against the other two cork rows to hold it in place. The reason you can't use the alternate technique - start from the outside and just keep working your way around to the inside - is that the corks will have nothing to hold them up as you head into the center on the "down slope" :)
Voila! It's finished! If you want, add on some leaves and grapes from your local craft store, or maybe a large ribbon, or leave it plain. Enjoy! I've seen these for $60 or more at craft shops and online, so this is a fairly pricey gift that you can make for very little money!
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