Recycle Wine Corks into an Elegant Sign Holder
Like most couples planning their wedding, my now-husband and I had a budget that we wanted to stick to. One of the ways we managed to save on costs and stay on target was by making some of the décor pieces ourselves. Luckily, we secured our venue early in the planning stage which helped guide the theme, color and décor choices. You see, we held our ceremony and reception at Chamard Vineyards in Clinton, Connecticut.
While we didn’t want to exploit the “vineyard” theme we knew we wanted to incorporate a few key pieces to pay homage to the winery. Some of the wine-inspired DIY projects we created were gold spray-painted wine bottles used as flower vases, wine cork letters that spelled out the word “bar,” table numbers on wine bottles, and menu and cupcake sign holders made from wine corks. All four projects are easy to make and can complement any party theme.
(Photos courtesy of Daphne and Dean)
How to Make Wine Cork Sign Holders
In this first tutorial in our DIY wine crafts series, I’ll show you how to create whimsical yet sophisticated sign holders using wine corks. Admittedly, I stumbled on a similar idea for table numbers on Pinterest. Instead, we decided to use these clever beauties to hold our dinner menu and DIY hand-lettered cupcake label signs. Honestly, these sign holders are so versatile they can be used to prop up almost any signage thin enough to be inserted in between the corks.
TIP: Impress guests at your next wine tasting party (or any gathering) by displaying the wine menu with these wine cork sign holders. You can also display the wine by type in front of each bottle.
These cork sign holders are simple to make, require few supplies and can be customized to suit your party’s needs. After you’ve prepared your materials, one sign holder can be made under 10 minutes.
- Tabletop or other surface to work on. For this project you’ll be using a glue gun. To prevent damage be sure to cover your surface with a tablecloth, placement or cardboard.
- Glue gun – This can be purchased at any craft store or online.
- Glue gun refills – If making more than two.
- 6 to 10 similar-sized corks per sign holder.
- Optional: Jute twine, baker’s twine, washi tape or any other embellishment.
- Plug in your glue gun and let it warm up. Glue guns and glue will be very hot so please use caution.
- Before you start, make sure you have aligned the corks in the configuration you want.
Which cork ends to use: It all depends on the condition of the corks. I suggest you use the end of the cork that sat inside the bottle to “face up” in the holder. Otherwise you may see the fractured end where the corkscrew was inserted. This may not be true for all corks. Use your judgement.
Make the Sign Holders
- Begin by adding a few beads or a thin line of glue to the first cork.
Note: If I wasn’t taking the picture at the same time it would have come out much neater.
- Immediately grab a second cork and adhere it. You’ll want to be quick because the glue dries fast.
- Repeat steps three and four to add the third cork. You should have a row of three corks.
- Add a thin line of glue down the side of the first cork. Add the next cork to make an L-shape.
- Add a thin line of glue down the side of the second cork and the inside of the one you just added. Adhere another cork to the two sides. Repeat until you have two rows of three corks adhered to each other.
Note: If you want a larger version, use a formation of four and four corks. It really is up to you as how long these cork holders are.
- Insert the printed table number, menu or other label in between the two rows. Be careful not push the paper too far down as it may separate the two rows of corks. Tall signs will have to be printed on a heavy stock so they don’t fall over.
Optional: Finish the holder with jute or baker’s twine, washi tape or any other embellishment you’d like.
These easy-to-make DIY cork sign holders are perfect for weddings, at-home wine tastings and just about any gathering. Each one can be customized to your desired size and can be embellished to compliment your colors and theme. Try them out and have fun uncorking all of those wine bottles!
What do you think of this project? Will you try making a sign holder for your next party?