There’s not much you can do with the wine corks after you remove them. They’re soft and nice but you usually just throw them away. However, when you think about it, their texture and density makes them perfect for a bath mat. In order to make one, you’ll first have to drink a lot of wine.
175 wine corks (plus a few extra to allow for mistakes)
- hot glue sticks
- non-adhesive shelf liner
- pocket knife (sharpened)
- cutting board (one that you won’t mind if it gets slightly damaged)
- rotary cutter and mat (or scissors)
- long ruler or yardstick
- hot glue gun
- coarse sand paper
1. Cut each cork in half lengthwise with a sharp pocket knife. 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. My mat is 18.5 x 30 inches (10 x 35 cork halves)—a little smaller than a standard size bath mat, but then my bathroom is smaller than a standard size bathroom.
3. Measure and cut the shelf liner to size with a rotary cutter, ruler, and cutting mat.
4. Transfer the outer rows/columns of corks to the shelf liner and glue them to the top side of the liner. 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. Wipe away any glue dribbles before it hardens fully, but 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. You’re done!