Wine Grapevine Cork Wreath Instructions
You've probably seen these style of wreaths in wine shops, wineries and of course in wine lovers' homes. It is a grapevine style of wreath, decorated with corks and grape leaves and grapes. In this case I made it with a 14" Grapevine wreath base, which I got at my local craft store. You can find these "wreath base" circles in pretty much any craft store. They also sell artificial grape leaves and artificial (plastic) grapes for the decoration.
So start with a Grapevine wreath circle base, a pile of corks, and the leaf / grape decorations. In this case I went with corks from the Sonoma region, including a few of my favorites!
The ideal glue to use here is a hot melt glue, because it sets VERY quickly and is very sturdy. However, I tend to burn myself when I use that stuff, and my boyfriend wasn't available for this round :) So I used my second choice, which is Elmer's ultimate glue. This stuff expands which is very helpful. It takes longer to set, though, so it means you need to position the corks into places they can "rest" while the glue solidifies.
Start placing the corks strategically around the wreath. You want the winery name to be visible, and if you have duplicates you want to keep the duplicates apart from each other.
For the leaves and grapes, get some string or thin wire to connect those in place. That way they stay where you put them.
Keep filling in the corks until you have the wreath fairly well covered. Then allow it to sit overnight, so the glue settles. If any of the corks are loose, now is the time to add in some extra glue to help them solidify. Enjoy!
Perfect for gift giving, wall decorations, and you can even sell them at craft fairs for some extra money.
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