I have a friend who tends bar at a swanky,  upscale resort.  When I mentioned to her last summer that I was saving wine and champagne corks, she said she would save me a few of each; a week later she presented me with a huge bag full of them!  I’ve since worked my way through most of them, most recently making champagne cork drawer pulls to dress up some inexpensive furniture pieces.  I still had a few left, so in the spirit of stashbusting I decided to use up the remainder of them to decorate a little bulletin board I got at Dollar Tree.

Project estimate:

  • Bulletin board, $1 and up
  • Wine corks or champagne corks, on hand
  • Fine-tooth serrated knife, on hand
  • Masking tape, on hand
  • Craft paint, on hand
  • Glue, on hand

Total:  $1 and up

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Mask off the frame of on the bulletin board and apply a coat of paint to be the background color;  I chose a creamy, light tan.

Carefully cut the corks into round slices.  I found that a fine-tooth serrated knife works well for cutting the corks.  If needed, you can use sandpaper to smooth out the cut surface of the corks.

(Tip:  Wine corks will make circles that are uniform in size; the contoured shape of champagne corks will result in circles of varying sizes.)


Use craft paint to paint the cork slices.  I divided mine into three equal piles and painted them with three coordinating colors.  Paint the top surface of each slice as well as around the edges.

Arrange the painted corks on the surface of the bulletin board.  When you are satisfied with the placement of the circles, glue them in place one by one.  (I used Tacky Glue because it sets quickly and works well on cork.)

If you want to dress up your bulletin board even more, it looks great paired with our springy silk flower push pins!