DIY Cork Garland

Last week’s Vino in the Village was my first opportunity to host a Magnolia village wide event at Shaun Myrick Design. I wanted my large front windows to showcase my talents but also showcase the fact that everyone was getting together for wine (and delicious food).

vino in the village

Over the years, I have become one of those people who saves every cork from every bottle of wine we drink. Years ago when I was staging a lot more homes, I would use the corks in various ways in the stagings.


I put the corks in a large glass vase and it was getting pretty full — there were two years of corks in there. I thought about it and I knew I wanted to use them in my display, but how?

vino in the village

I came up with the idea of making a cork garland to swag across the front windows. I thought, “Oh, this will be so easy. I’ll just take fishing line and a needle and go through each cork from end to end and it will be awesome.” Wrong!

wine display

First of all, it’s not easy to push a needle through dried out corks. So, I went back to the drawing board. Then I realized I would have to drill each cork, but I didn’t have a drill bit long enough to make it through from end to end.

corks and drill

I drilled each cork across and ran the fishing line through that way. Still using a needle was the easiest way to get through the newly drilled holes. You also want to make sure you fish the line through in the same direction you drilled, otherwise it gets caught up on cork fragments.

cork garland

I used 12 -15 pound fishing line and ended up with over 20 feet of garland! It was more work than I had first planned, but I loved the outcome. I now have this garland saved and the ideas are already coming along for a wine related Christmas tree!

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DIY Cork Garland
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Make your own Cork Garland — here are the steps
  1. You will need corks!
  2. 12-15 pound fishing line
  3. needle
  4. power drill with small bit
  1. Drill each cork through the narrow length and fish line through each cork. Tie a knot and the line around and through that first cork to make sure you have a tight garland that won’t come apart!
Shaun Myrick

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