Wine Cork Holder Shadow Box

Wine Cork Holder Shadow Box

Create a wine cork holder shadow box to display all of your wine corks and remind you of your favorite wine drinking memories. Makes a great gift for a wine lover!

wine cork holder shadow box

I’ve recently begun to keep the corks from the wine we drink. I wish I had been doing this for a while. My husband and I went to Napa Valley for our 5 year anniversary and that’s when we really upped our wine drinking game. Eight years later and I had never saved any of our corks. My head was swimming with a lot of wine cork craft ideas (like this wine cork monogram since we all know, I heart monograms), but I knew it would take a while to save the required number of corks. I had seen a wine cork shadow box on Etsy a while back. I liked the concept but the saying was a little too trendy for me, so I set out on trying to figure out what I wanted to use for my personalized wine cork holder shadow box. I settled on creating my own version of a vineyard logo for our family.


  • 12×12 shadow box with top opening
  • Etching cream (I used Martha Stewart brand)
  • Medium sized craft paint brush (Martha etching cream came with a brush)
  • Stencil
  • Rubbing alcohol and cotton balls or cloth

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wine cork shadow boxpersonalized vineyard stencil

I’m no graphic artist, so I created my stencil using a free label design and edited it in Adobe Illustrator. Then I imported it into my Silhouette Studio software. I’m not going to lie, it took me a while to get the stencil design right. I’m still fairly new to the Silhouette, but I’m learning with every project. I used contact paper to make my stencil.

This is the first time I had done anything with etching cream. It won’t be my last!  When I was at the store buying etching cream, I decided on the Martha Stewart brand on a whim, mostly because I liked the size of the bottle and that it had a brush included. I had zero problems with using it and my project turned out well, so I’d recommend it.

First I cleaned my glass with rubbing alcohol and let it dry. Then I adhered my stencil to the front of the glass on the shadow box.

Wine Cork Shadow box - with stencil

Then I applied a thick even layer of etching cream on the exposed parts of the stencil. I worked in small sections and went over each section twice to get the desired thickness. I learned later that I still didn’t apply it thick enough. I’ll tell you how I fixed that later, but a word to the wise – lay it on thick! Be careful not to touch any parts of the glass with etching cream that you do not want etched.

glass etching - applying etching cream

The directions say to let dry for at least 15 minutes. I was working on some other things at the time, so mine was probably on 20-25. After that, I rinsed it off underneath running water. At first I thought it didn’t work because it looked like the etching cream was just washing away and with the glass wet, it didn’t appear that there was a design left behind on the glass. It was visible once the glass dried a little bit.

glass etching - applying etching cream

At this point, I took a good look at my design and noticed a few slightly uneven spots where I hadn’t gotten the cream thick enough. I decided to apply the cream again to make sure I had an even design. I did the whole design again and not just the uneven spots. It probably wasn’t necessary, but since it only took about 10 minutes to apply to my whole design, it seemed worthwhile. I let sit for 15 minutes and then rinsed again.

At this point it’s hard in pictures to see that it’s etched, but it is. Then I started to remove the stencil and was SO happy with the result.

wine cork shadow box with etched design before removing stencilwine cork shadow box with etched design - removing stencil

After the stencil was completely removed, I cleaned the front with glass cleaner to get rid of any stencil residue and fingerprints. It’s really hard to tell from the pictures, but the original backing for the shadow box was just cardboard. I got a 12×12 piece of black paper and glued it to the inside.

wine cork holder shadow box with personalized etched logo


Personalized Wine Cork Holder Shadow Box


wine cork holder shadow box

I have two possible places I’m thinking of hanging it in our kitchen, so I’ll share some more pictures once we have it hung up.

There’s quite a bit of etching cream left, so I will be thinking about what to etch next. I think I may make some of these shadow box wine cork holders as Christmas gifts this year and maybe some monogram wine glasses to go with them. Maybe some ornaments. You haven’t seen the last etching project from me!



  1. Found you at That DIY Party.Wow… I love this idea.I’m a new SIlhouette user myself and I think I may just have to try this!Founf you at That DIY Party.Would love for you to join my Clever, Crafty & Creative Party each Tuesday.It is still open if you’d like to link this up!


  2. That is very cool! I wish I had a silhouette so that I could create stencils. I did some etching without a stencil and it didn’t work very well! Thanks for linking to my Pin Me Linky Party.

  3. Thanks! I have really terrible handwriting, so the Silhouette saves me on a lot of projects!

  4. Hi Kateri – I think it was originally something like 24.99, but I had a coupon for Michael’s for 40% off. I need to wait for another great coupon so I can make one as a Christmas gift!

  5. Your timing is amazing… I was on my way to Michael’s when I got your comment. Thanks for the tip. I also had a 25% off coupon, double score! I’m not sure yet if I’m making one for a gift or one to hold our beer coasters.

  6. Great idea!! Your post was the only DIY wine cork/bottle cap I’ve found in my frantic internet search! What did you use to adhere the stencil to the frame?

  7. Hi Kari – I used contact paper (which is sticky on one side) and it worked great to stick to the glass but come off easily afterward. I’ve also used Martha Stewart stencils that I’ve found at Michaels on other projects. They would also work well since they are adhesive on one side. Good luck!

  8. That came out FANTASTIC!I love your step by step tutorial!Our daughter is getting married at a Vineyard here on Cape Cod this Fall….a perfect time to make one of these so she can have hers filled by the end of the weekend!Maybe I will make 2.lolArmour Etch also works really well, brush NOT included!

  9. Sounds like a gorgeous location for a wedding! I think you’d have a good chance on filling up two.

  10. How many corks will fit in the box? I’m thinking of doing this as a wedding sign in for the guests as we are having a wine themed wedding. Thanks, yours looks great

  11. Hi Kathleen – I think we have about 80-100 in ours right now and it’s about two-thirds full. I hope this helps!

  12. This may be a stupid question but how do the corks get inside the shadow box? Do you open it all the way every time you add a cork or is there an opening to pop them in?

  13. Was this really glass, I recently went to the Michale’s to pick up the same shadow box and it’s some type of plastic…?

  14. Hi! I tried to buy one of these (prefab) with a groupon and the company never delivered. I want to use the refund & your guide to make one. Unenlightened question: are you printing the stencil at home onto contact paper and cutting it out? Or do you have it printed/cut somewhere? I tried looking up silhouette studio to figure this out & their website is down for maintenance.

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