In honor of Flag Day, we’re saluting Old Glory with a star-spangled DIY project that stays true to the red, white and blue. Using your leftover Sutter Home wine corks, a touch of paint, and a bit of elbow grease, this flag-inspired decor is an all-American way to celebrate the day.
Whether you have a whole collection or just a handful of corks, this family-friendly project can be scaled in size to fit your space and materials. Best of all, you can “fly” this cork flag through your Fourth of July celebrations!
What you’ll need:
- Corks (how many is based on what you will be putting them in)
- Serving tray for a functional piece or a picture frame for an artistic piece
- Red and blue acrylic paint (we chose acrylic paint for its drying time and even coating, you can use a variety of paints for this)
- White acrylic paint (optional; we chose to use the natural color of our corks for the white)
- Paint brushes
- Utility knife
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
How to make it:
- Figure out how many corks you will need by laying them out in what will be final piece. We chose to lay the red and white stripes length ways and the blue with white stars vertically. Figure out which stripes will be red and set those corks aside.
- Paint the corks that will make up the red stripes and allow them to dry. You may need more than one coat of paint.
- Once you’ve laid out the blue and star area, you will only need half of the number of corks (by cutting them in half you will only need half as many, so you can save the rest of the corks for another project.) Keep track of how many blue ones you will need. Use your utility knife to cut the corks in half. Hint: If you are using Sutter Home corks, cut between the two Ts in Sutter Home and you will have even halves.
- Paint the blue cork pieces. As with the red, you may need more than one coat of paint.
- If you have chosen to use white paint, paint the white stripes and the white stars.
- Once the paint has dried, it is time to assemble the final piece. Apply hot glue to the underside of the cork and place it; repeat until you have completed your flag. You may find it easier to set the corks in place before hot gluing and then just pick up a cork, apply hot glue and set it back in place.
- Allow the hot glue to dry and enjoy your DIY cork flag décor.