Everyone knows I'm a Disney pin collector, but nobody knows that my mom and I are cork hoarders. Yes, wine corks, champagne corks - cheap or expensive - we save them. For years I have been tossing my wine corks into a box because I watched my mom do the same thing. I think we were both trying to figure out how to recycle them or get creative with them, but nothing ever happened.
Last Mother's Day my beloved NoTwitterTodd got really creative - or really sick of seeing corks in the closet - and decided make a custom gift for me. What he created was a jaw-dropping surprise: a stunning cork board, made entirely out my mom's corks and some of mine, in the shape of a "J".
Standing an impressive 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide, with corks arranged in a deliberate pattern, I could not get over how much time and effort this took to make. How did he do it?
- Wood (large enough piece to cut out letter shape)
- Ruler / straight edge
- Hot Glue Gun
- Trace the letter with a pencil on the wood using the ruler / straight edge
- Carefully saw the outline, sand edges if needed
- Heat glue gun
- Determine pattern for wine corks by laying them out on the board without gluing them down. Some corks you may have to shave a bit depending on your board size. Luckily, he found a way to make these all fit without cutting them. Patience is key here.
- Glue down corks. Set aside to dry.
- After all corks are dry, give the board a jiggle or shake to ensure none are loose. Touch-up with glue as needed.
- Turn board over, cork side down, and mount evenly spaced picture hangers to the back to ensure your board hangs straight and securely.
I first used my board to display family photos and pin upcoming concert and game tickets somewhere where I could see them and not lose them. Pretty soon I realized this was awesome real estate for my extensive Disney pin collection.
This particular board has pins I'm not interested in selling or trading. I have lots of artist proof and pre-production pins, lots of Nightmare Before Christmas pins (from when the overlay to the Haunted Mansion was introduced at Disneyland) and a variety of other fun pins that are hard to find or retired - such as the old Annual Passholder Disney Dining pins. I outlined the edges of the "J" with pins that glow in the dark so that it looks just as awesome at nighttime as it does during the day.
What I love most about this board is that he made it for me. I always tell him and my daughter that I don't want them spending money on me for Christmas or Mother's Day, etc. I just want time with them. So when he takes the time to make me these incredibly unique and thoughtful gifts, I am humbled by his love and thankful to have him in my life.
I have lots more pins, and loads of corks - so I am hoping to make more boards soon.