Wine Cork Birdhouse…
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I have been collecting wine corks for more years than I can remember. I accumulated so many that I started decorating with them. Bulletin boards, candle holders, place card holders – you name it. Wow…sounds like I drink a lot of wine doesn’t it? I am also fortunate that our favorite waitress Jennifer, from our favorite Italian restaurant, Pero’s gives me a bag of wine corks every time we go to dinner there…definitely spoiled.
I decided to go on Pinterest and find an easy craft project using wine corks and saw a couple of really cute wine cork birdhouses and decided to give it a whirl. From the examples that I saw, crafters built their houses with just the cork as their foundation and frame. I chose an easier route of buying a birdhouse frame and decorated it with the corks. I know it seems like cheating, but I know my limitations 🙂 (This post contains affiliate links)
Here’s what I used:
Hot Glue Gun
Cork Stickers (used for roofing)
Sticks from my yard
I poured out my wine corks and laid out a basic pattern for each side. I glued the corks as I worked. First, I completed the sides.
Then, U worked on the front which was a bit problematic with the roof pitch and the bird hole. I was able to cut some corks and work them in. The back was slightly easier to fit the corks.
I had to cut cork until I got the fit just right.
Lucky for me, I found cork stickers on clearance at Ace Hardware. These stickers are used as chair pads and I used them as roofing material for the house. Quick and easy…
To finish off the front I used branches from my yard to add a perch and eaves.
Overall, I was pleased with the outcome and the birdhouse is very cute. Lets call it rustic log cabin look 🙂 I probably won’t be leaving it outside in the elements. It will be used inside as decoration. I will definitely make another birdhouse with this method.
How have you used your leftover wine corks?
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It’s crazy, when I was like 5 years old I built this same kind of birdhouse at Home Depot with my dad and now I’m 17 and I’m just getting into woodworking. I might build this with my 6 year old brother because he’s been asking to build stuff with me