This cork mat was made by a friend’s son for me many moons ago but I have always planned to make some more like it and so the collecting of corks began!
If you are thinking: “Wow, I enjoy wine but not THAT much!” – then there are lots of ways to get corks. Try asking nicely at your local pub, restaurant, club or boozy friend’s house!
The basic frame here is made from recycled wood but you could just buy a plain wood photo frame and frame a piece of hardboard and then distress it. The fun part comes with laying the corks onto the hardboard and gluing.
It’s important to use strong glue. I used Pinflair Glue Gel when I made a teapot stand to match but it did use quite a lot and I felt it might be too expensive to recommend for this job. We now sell a glue called “Yes” which is all purpose glue and would work well. But any strong glue would be fine.
Take care when you are attaching the corks – to me this is the fun part – choose the prettier, more decorated sides of the cork (if they have some) to be visible and mix and match different varieties if possible. You can find some really pretty ones and the overall effect is very rustic and French and rather effective I think.
To finish your mat/stand – add some baize to the underneath or you can buy little pads to stick on as feet. This is important to ensure that no tables get scratched when it is in use!