This eco-friendly version of the bamboo bath mat, requires just three materials: shelf liner, hot glue, and 175 wine corks. It’s a great way to make use those leftover corks from wineries.
Directions and Things Needed:
– 175 wine corks (plus a few extra to allow for mistakes)
– Hot glue gun and sticks
– Non-adhesive shelf liner
– Pocket knife (sharpened)
– Rotary cutter and mat (or scissors)
– Sand paper
1.) Cut each cork in half lengthwise with a sharp pocket knife. Try to be patient and careful so you don’t cut a finger off. It’s best if you use natural cork wine corks that are similar length and width. Sand the bottoms flat if any of your cuts are jagged.
2.) Arrange the corks into a rectangle, flat sides down. Use a ruler or the lines on a cutting mat to make sure your configuration of corks is as close to a straight rectangle as possible. A good measure is 18.5 x 30 inches (10 x 35 cork halves) which would be just a little smaller than a standard size bath mat. Although a full size works too.
4.) Transfer the outer rows/columns of corks to the shelf liner and glue them to the top side of the liner. Then apply a rectangle-shaped line of glue to the flat side of each cork, about 1/8 inch from the edge, line up the cork with the edge of the mat, and press hard. After that wipe away any glue dribbles before it hardens fully, but only after it cools (so you don’t burn yourself).
5.) Once your frame is in place, transfer the rest of the corks to their corresponding position on the mat. You’ll probably have to do some arranging and trading places to make all the corks fit. Then remove one cork at a time and glue it down. Then you’re done!