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Monday, February 6, 2012

Cork tray - 21 of 365

Joe and I are winos. We admit it. I'm also a kind of a hoarder. In this case, it's corks. It started off with a small basket... but eventually had to buy a big ole jar to hold all the corks.
But why not make stuff from them? I've made trivets from them before but you can only have so many trivets.
Then Joe gave me the idea to make serving trays.
I picked up some untreated wooded trays and got right to work:

Wooden trays
Spray can of primer
Spray can of paint
Paint brush (for touch-ups)
A lot of Corks
Cutting mat
Sharp blade (I used a box cutter)
Strong adhesive glue

2 big rules: Spray paint in a well-ventilated area, and protect your workspace - I covered the lawn with brown paper.
1. First spray the tray with primer, about 2 or 3 coats. This is to avoid wasting the colored paint as it would all soak into the wood. Follow instructions on the can in regards to coats.
2. Once the wood is primed and completely dry, start spraying with the colored paint in a sweeping motion. Once again, follow can instructions.
3. Once you're done with your coats, you may need to do some touchups, especially in the corners. I wasn't able to find the matching color in bottle form, so I ended up spraying the paint into a puddle, and touching up with a small paint brush. Let dry completely.
4. On a protected surface, like a cutting mat, cut the corks to the desired height. I did mine at about a third of an inch. Put a drop of glue on the back of the cork and position inside the tray. (I arranged all the corks first to get the best fit, then glued into place.)

So now I'm expecting breakfast in bed more often........


  1. That's really cute! I think the hubby and I should start drinking more wine!

    Great job!

  2. I love those. I never think to save corks and then always wish I would have!! Would be delighted for you to link up to Mop It Up Mondays (open through Friday):


  3. ooooh i'm loving the cork tray! looks so good!

    i have a creativity party going on at my blog right now; i would love it if you linked up this or any other amazing project you might have!

    thanks so much for sharing!