I originally started saving wine corks to make a shadow box of corks for our eventual basement bar renovation. Since that project won’t be started any time soon, I started thinking about making a wine cork heart to hang in the dining room.
However, the holiday spirit struck me one day and I decided to make a wine cork Christmas tree.
If you know me, you know that crafting isn’t my forte. However, this little Christmas tree is so easy to make even I didn’t screw it up. Too badly.
How to Make a Wine Cork Christmas Tree
1. Drink all the wine. Darn the luck! (You can also buy the corks, but boring.)
2. Save all the corks. Of special note: The looks most uniform when you use the same brand (thus size and shape) cork. However, if you’re going for “real trees aren’t symmetrical,” different corks will work just fine. You’ll need more glue and a bit more patience.
3. Set up your station with newspaper, glue (I used Rubber Cement, more on that later), and your corks.
4. Turn on Christmas music.
5. Set up your bottom row and bookend them with two other corks. I went with eight on my bottom row as ten made the tree a little bigger than I wanted.
6. Start gluing! Rubber Cement worked nicely since it has a brush. Just glop it all over, getting in between each cork.
7. Once you finish the bottom row, start moving up the tree, putting each cork in a grooved slot from the row below.
8. Voila! Wine Cork… triangle?
9. So add a stump! Important: If you don’t wait for your gluing agent to dry completely, once you add the stump and sit it upright, you’ll have some drooping and falling apart. And so, go with a hot glue gun. I don’t have one as I don’t really craft. I should get one just for cork projects. Rubber Cement takes forever to fully dry, so you’ll need to let it dry flat instead of standing it up for about two days. Eventually it does dry even if you use Rubber Cement, but be patient with it.
10. Tada! Wine Cork Christmas Tree!
Initially I planned on painting and/or using Sharpies to color the tree green, the stump brown, the top circle yellow for a star, and a few red ornaments. But I decided I liked the plain cork-iness of this tree. If I make another one in the future (think of it: a whole wine cork forest), I may paint that one.
I placed the wine cork Christmas tree next to the ceramic trees from our grandmothers and the nativity set gifted to me last year by my mother—because what says Jesus more than wine, right? (Water into wine. Wine corks into a Christmas tree. Get it? Perfect.)
These also make great gifts for your favorite wine drinker.
Wine Drinking Christmas!