DIY: Create a Lovely Picture Frame Using Wine Corks

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When my husband and I got married last summer, my aunt was our officiant. We wanted someone who was important to us (and knew us both well) to perform our wedding ceremony, and we definitely made a good decision. Our ceremony was so personal and special — we owe that to her and the role she played. 

We wanted a way to thank her for playing such a big part in our special day, but a regular thank you card didn’t seem like enough. I know she loves all things handmade, so making a gift seemed like the best option! I got a nice photo of the three of us developed, and since our wedding was at a winery, I decided to use wine corks to create a unique picture frame that fit our wedding theme.

Here’s how I made mine:

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What you’ll need:

  • Wood picture frame
  • Photo print
  • Wine corks
  • Glue (I used a glue gun, but wood glue or super glue might also work well)

Let’s put it all together:

1. If you’re using a glue gun like I did, cover your workspace with newspaper to protect the surface, since it can be a little messy. Turn on the glue gun to heat it up in advance.

2. Take the back panel and glass out of your frame and set them aside, so they don’t get glue on them.
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3. Before you start gluing the corks onto the frame, lay them out around your frame to decide how you want them to look and see how they will fit – you don’t want to find yourself with a big gap when you get to a corner!

My frame was only ¾“ thick, so I could only fit one cork wide, but depending on the thickness of the frame, you could use more or come up with a design.

How many corks do you need? It depends on your design and the thickness of the frame you’re using (since my frame was pretty thin, I needed 20 corks). I’ve been collecting corks for crafting and to use as wedding decorations for a few years, so I had plenty, but if you don’t have any, I’ve seen them for sale on eBay and Craigslist. I’ve also heard some people mention they’ve had success calling liquor stores or bars to see if they have any they’d like to give away!

4. Once you’ve figured out the arrangement of the corks, apply a thick line of glue to a cork and place it onto the frame. Press it down and hold it for a few seconds to make sure it really sticks.

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5. Continue gluing corks down in your desired pattern until the entire frame is covered. Set the frame aside to give the glue time to set.

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6. Once the glue is completely dry, flip the frame over and carefully replace the glass. Add your picture and reattach the back of the frame.

7. You’re finished! Hang up your frame and admire your great work.

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I know my aunt will love the frame and it will mean so much, especially since I made it especially for her. I’m so happy with how this turned out, I think I’ll make another for myself!

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Laura is a freelance writer in Michigan who is inspired by the beauty in everyday life. In her free time, she enjoys cooking (and eating), DIY projects, and binge-watching Netflix.

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