Crafternoon How-To: Champagne Cork Heart

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and love is in the air!  Whether you hate or rate Valentine’s Day it’s still a great opportunity to show those around you how much you care, and have a great excuse to float around in romantic, flowing dresses, wear red lipstick every chance you get,  watch silly soppy movies and indulge a little.

One of mine and my boyfriend’s rather indulgent pastimes is Bubbly Sunday.  Imagine waking up, making a gorgeous breakfast (smoked salmon and scrambled eggs YES PLEASE) and cracking open some bubbly – dreamy and some! (Please note this treat can render you pretty much useless for the rest of the day BUT HEY what were you going to do with that Sunday anyway!).

The result of this is that we have quite a few Champagne, Prosecco and Cava corks dotted around our house (helped hugely by my boyfriends habit of firing them up to the ceiling to see if they’ll leave a cork shaped dent).

So what better way to use them than to create a Valentine’s decoration that can remind us of all those gorgeous mornings!

You Will Need:

  • Champagne corks or normal wine corks
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Ribbon

Cork Heart tutorial

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Step One: Design It

Lay your corks out into the shape you want them to form – I went for a heart because this was Valentines themed but letters also look pretty cool.  Try and make sure any pretty design features on the corks are on display.

Cork Heart tutorial

Step Two: Glue It

This bit was actually much trickier than I had anticipated.  Part of the problem was that the shape of Champagne corks means you have less surface area to glue to the next cork.  If the corks hadn’t had such soppy sentimental relevance I might have been tempted to give up and go for plain wine corks instead!!  But I persevered and cork by cork, with lots of hot glue, I was able to construct my heart.

I started by creating the vertical lines…

Cork Heart tutorial

And then glued the lines together side by side…

Cork Heart tutorial

Step Three: Ribbon

Choose a ribbon and tie it around your creation with a bow at the front, so it looks a little like a posh box of chocolates (this also acts as a handy hint!)

This step is optional of course.  If you leave the heart sans ribbon you get quite a cool rustic look:

Cork Heart tutorial

Step Four: Display

Place your heart somewhere beautiful!

Happy Valentines!
Happy Valentines!

Photography by Hannah Cox.  Covered under copyright © creativise

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