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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
This wine cork backsplash from Sew Many Ways is a perfect backdrop for a home bar. Talk about a lot of corks!
Happy wine drinking and/or crafting!