It doesn’t get any more patriotic than the American flag, and this wine cork upcycle craft is not only too stinkin cute, but easy to make, and easy on the environment! It’s time to get ready for Memorial Day and the 4th of July!
We save wine corks. I have no idea why. I wanted to make a cute patriotic craft for Memorial Day and the 4th of July so an American flag it is! What a fun craft project to upcycle the leftover corks.
You will want to try and find corks about the same size. Believe it or not, they don’t have a standard size. Also, corks now come in all-natural and synthetic. I chose the all-natural corks for this project.
You can use any kind of paint, but I like chalk (or milk) paint since they are a lot more natural than their acrylic counterparts. I also like the look, it’s a little more farmhouse style. I used the paint I already had in my craft closet.
I love my husband dearly. But he’s a little klepto. Like seriously. My good scissors are never in their home. I’ve replaced 5 dustpans in one month. The worst offender…. twine. I have to hide it unless I never want to see it again. My flag project is finished and I’m excited to put the twine on it to hang it up and take the glamour shots. I go to my secret twine hiding spot…. missing! Schlitz! Fortunately, I have a second secret twine hiding spot. Thank goodness for backup!
(Does anyone else have 2 secret twine hiding spots in their home? Anyone??? Anyone??? Bueller???)
The American Flag Wine Cork Upcycle Craft
35 wine corks
White paint or chalk pen
Cork board or cardboard for backing
Hot glue gun and hot glue
Drop cloth or newspaper
Separate out corks:
- 8 for blue
- 16 for red
- 11 for white or plain
Place corks on cork backing. Mark just under the entire surface and cut. The backing should be slightly smaller than the surface of all of the corks.
Using an Exacto knife, cut the backing. Yours may be different, but for reference, mine was about 8 1/2″ by 5 1/2″.
Paint the blue and red corks.
4 of the blue corks and 6 of the red corks will need the ends painted. To eleviate, at least some of the mess, push a push pin in the top of a cork to hold it while you paint it, and you can even paint the end this way. Then use the brush to give the cork some pressure and the push pin will come right out.
You can either paint the remaining corks white or leave them plain. I wanted to leave mine plain.
Let the corks dry for about an hour or so.
Place the corks one more time on the backing, just to make sure you are squared away before gluing.
Using your hot glue gun, glue one cork at a time.
Let dry for 15 minutes.
Paint the white stars with either white paint or a chalk pen.
You can use a couple of thumb tacks to attach the twine or fasten it to the backing with hot glue.
You are all set!
The DIY in Photos
You could always purchase one of these on Etsy… but why? It’s so much fun to make! And it’s a great craft for the kids to help with.
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