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Wine Cork Ball

Wine Cork Ball - tutorial

Use your old wine corks to make this wine cork ball as an ornament or a home decorating accent. This is a quick and easy project also make a great gift for a wine lover.

Wine Cork Ball
On a recent visit to one of our favorite wine bars in town, Louie’s Wine Dive, I noticed they had some cool looking decorative wine cork balls hanging from their ceiling. In true DIY fashion, I said – I can make those! Next time we’re there, I’ll snap a picture of the originals. They have them in varying sizes. We need to drink some more wine before I can make any additional sizes.

Wine Cork Ball Supplies:

  • Paper mache or styrofoam ball for base. I used a 4″ diameter paper mache ball.
  • Wine corks (about 60-65)
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Brown Paint (optional – you’ll want to paint the ball if you’re using styrofoam)

I had originally planned to use a styrofoam ball as the base, but then I found this paper mache ornament at Michaels which eliminated needing to paint the styrofoam so no white would show through. If you’re not a wine drinker or haven’t saved your corks, you can purchase corks on Amazon or ebay pretty cheaply.

Wine Cork Ball - supplies

We drink more red wine than white at home, but I preferred not having the red sides of the cork show when making my ball. You can use either or mix them both in based on your desired look.

To start I just put a circle of hot glue a little smaller than the diameter of the cork on one end and pressed it firmly on the ball base for about 10 seconds. I repeated this in a straight line all the way around the ball.

Wine Cork Ball - glue using hot glue gunwine cork ball - glue corks

Then I filled in the rest of the ball with corks trying to get them in as closely together as possible. When I got to the last few on one side, I used trial and error to figure out which size corks would fit in the space before gluing them.

wine cork ball - glue corkswine cork ball - glue corks

And that’s it! It took me maybe 30-40 minutes from start to finish. This one ended up a little big for a Christmas ornament, but a 2″ to 3″ diameter ball would work well. Right now I have it sitting on my mantel. The light in my living room is terrible so I didn’t get a good picture of it there. You can see below the size in relation to the Wine Cork Holder Shadow Box I made previously.

Wine Cork BallWine Cork Ball and Wine Cork Shadow Box Holder

Here are a few of my other favorite wine cork projects from around the web.

Of course, any favorites of mine would have to include a wine cork monogram. This one from Pig and Paint is amazing, but would take A LOT of corks!

Wine Cork Monogram - Pig & Paint

This wine cork garland by The Wooden Bee is a super simple project which would be great for your tree or for a wine-themed wedding decoration. Wine Cork Wreath is from Good Housekeeping.

Wine Cork Garland - The Wooden BeeWine Cork Wreath - Good Housekeeping

This wine cork backsplash from Sew Many Ways is a perfect backdrop for a home bar. Talk about a lot of corks!

Wine Cork Backsplash - Sew Many Ways.

Happy wine drinking and/or crafting!

10 Comments

  1. Kristin says:

    Love it! So cute, and it makes me want to drink some wine!

  2. Really great post. I have a lot of corks I’d love to use up! Stopping by from Funday Monday link party

  3. Love this idea! I have a ton of corks that are begging for a project like this. Stopped by from Whimsy Wed. You can find me at TinySidekick.com

  4. This is so cool! It would look awesome with a rustic-themed Christmas tree & decor. I’m totally picturing the red and black checked flannel along a mantel, with some green pine twigs, and your wine cork balls taking center stage… maybe with some burlap-wrapped pillar candles! Love!

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  7. nancyverly says:

    Love it! Would you mind if I used this in a roundup on my blog? I’d just use a pic and give you a link back. Thanks!

  8. Nicole says:

    This is great! I love it, and have a lot of corks that I could use to make a couple for myself or a gift. Thanks!

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